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Is Your Mudroom Ready for Winter?

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Author: Seventh Generation

46 degrees at my house this morning. That can only mean one thing – winter will be here in the blink of an eye! Cooler weather brings jackets, scarves and boots, which means your mudroom is about to see a lot more traffic. Use these tips to keep the mudroom organized and under control, ready to take on winter.

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Prepare Your Fireplace for the Wood-Burning Season

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Whether we’d like to admit it or not, the leaves are changing and the temperatures are starting to drop – especially in the evenings. It’s smart to use this time to inspect, clean and prepare your fireplace for winter, so you’ll be good to go when that first snow falls. Follow these steps to be sure your wood-burning fireplace is ready to heat things up.

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Toxic Algal Blooms Threaten Ecosystems and Drinking Water

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Author: Erin Gettler

In early August, the city of Toledo, Ohio raised an alarm: a bloom of toxic algae in Lake Erie had poisoned the drinking water supply for the city. Toledo residents spent days using bottled water, and officials scrambled to solve the problem. The algae faded naturally. But harmful algal blooms seem to be a growing threat to waterways all over the country.

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Maternity Leave in the US: How Do We Stack Up?

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Author: Seventh Generation

Thinking about adding a new member to your family?   If so, one of the things you may be considering is if you can afford to take the time you need to care for a newborn while still supporting your family financially. 

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Sensory Play Ideas for Babies

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Author: Seventh Generation

What exactly is sensory play? It includes any activity that stimulates baby’s sense of touch, smell, taste, sight, or hearing. The idea is to encourage little ones to use their senses to play, create, investigate and explore. Sensory play can be an early, but important step in the development process. Here are some ideas to encourage your child to start using their senses:

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6 Steps to Resolve Conflict With Your Daycare Provider

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Author: Seventh Generation

Daycare or daily child care can be a beneficial arrangement for both children and parents. While parents are able to go to work or get things done kid-free, children are learning valuable social skills. However, the transition to allowing someone else to care for your child can be a tricky one.

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Teaching Your Kids to Talk to Strangers

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Author: Liz Moorhead

When we’re out and about, I often hear parents scold their children for striking up conversation with an adult. Other times, a parent will apologize to the nearby grown-ups engaging in chat with the little ones. I take a slightly different approach to these interactions – I allow my son to talk to strangers. In fact, I encourage it.

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Do Dads Who Do Chores Raise More Successful Daughters?

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Author: Seventh Generation

A recent study has found that fathers who help with household chores are more likely to raise daughters who have higher career aspirations.

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Eco-Friendly Fall Yard Work

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Author: Seventh Generation

Fall marks the environment transitioning from summer to winter, and we experience many of our own transitions as well. You probably winterize your house, and your car, but what about your yard? Here are some eco-friendly fall yard work tips to keep your yard happy until spring:

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Age Appropriate Chores

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Author: Seventh Generation

When you think back to childhood, chores probably don't show up as your favorite or most cherished memories. But maybe you do remember getting to college and being grateful that important life skills (like being able to do your laundry!) were taught to you by your parents.

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