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Posted: January 13, 2015 ...by
Women who breastfed their babies talk about it as one of most wonderful, intimate things they have ever experienced. This may be because years of harmonious snuggling stand between them and those early weeks of figuring out how to do something considered so natural that it should be simple. But I have seen more tears...Read More »Read More
Posted: January 12, 2015 ...by
Secrets from a professional organizer Clutter and depression are linked says a new book Life at Home in the 21st Century. “Our data suggest that each new child in a household leads to a 30-percent increase in a family’s inventory of possessions during the preschool years alone,”  say the authors. They authors primarily looked at...Read More »Read More
Posted: January 6, 2015 ...by
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I live by the old Scandinavian saying “There’s no bad weather, only bad clothes” and my kids play outside every day, rain or shine. But in order to do so, they have to dress according to the weather. A warm, dry child can play outside for hours, so in my opinion high-quality outdoor gear is...Read More »Read More
Posted: January 2, 2015 ...by
Better parenting through storytelling is possible Perhaps, even, probable. “Storytelling. We are wired for it—literally. The neuroscience is conclusive—we use stories to build our realities and make sense of them,” says David Sewell McCann the storyteller and co-creator of SparkleStories.com. Why Storytelling is Better than Lectures for Discipline Sewell McCann implores parents, especially fathers for...Read More »Read More
Posted: January 1, 2015 ...by
We are all afraid of the green police. You know, those people who go around being more righteous than thou and shaming us lesser mortals for our shortcomings. At The Green Mama, we implore people to judge less (especially themselves): just start somewhere, just do something, and, gosh, have a little fun along the way....Read More »Read More
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Posted: December 9, 2014 ...by
Watch this amazing video to feel as smart as the best scientist in less than 5 minutes. Do little things matter when it comes to your child’s brain? When I say little–I mean so tiny we couldn’t see with a human eye, on drop in a swimming pool type exposures? The unfortunate answer is YES...Read More »Read More
Posted: December 6, 2014 ...by
Why does finding healthy paint matter? Paint and finish don’t just add colour to a room or a new baby crib, they can also release smelly, irritating, and toxic substances into the air. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that paints and finishes are one of the top culprits in polluting our indoor air and...Read More »Read More
Posted: December 6, 2014 ...by
Formaldehyde Formaldehyde is a smelly, colourless, flammable gas classified as a Group 1 carcinogen by the IARC. It is known to cause cancer in humans and animals. It can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat, and trigger asthma. Formaldehyde emissions generally decrease over time (i.e. off-gas), but it can take seven years just to reach...Read More »Read More
Posted: November 24, 2014 ...by
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Posted: November 24, 2014 ...by
“Lite skit rensar magen.” Growing up in Sweden, I heard this old saying more than once. It roughly translates to “A little bit of dirt cleanses the stomach.” While I wouldn’t take this literally, researchers are finding more and more evidence for the theory that being exposed to certain microbes in the womb and early...Read More »Read More
Posted: November 23, 2014 ...by
Years ago, when I went off to college, I didn’t go alone. I took with me three warts on the tip of my left index finger. I had worked for years trying to get rid of them: over the counter creams, that weird freezing thing the doctor does, and I had even chewed it off...Read More »Read More