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Camping with Kids

Prior to having kids, I loved camping.  Now that my kids are more independent and one is almost out of diapers, we have started taking part in my favorite pastime together.  Camping is mentally, emotionally and physically rewarding. The benefits to children are even more so.  The quality time spent with family and the one on one attention they experience on such trips is

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Letting Kids Decorate

My ten year old wants to pick his bedroom’s paint color. He also wants to decorate the walls himself. While I want to encourage his creativity and give him some control, I find I am nervous wreck! Kids decorating is a fine line to walk for a parent. Between kids having some say while not ending up with an unsightly space, what’s the compromise?

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Importance of Napping

My son learned about mammalian species and how they are polyphasic sleepers. This means  to sleep for short bursts throughout the day. Though we, humans are part of of this group, the majority of us sleep only one time in the day.  We are monophasic sleepers, driven by society needs. Always busy, driven by schedules. This may be why napping is such a need,

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Flower Arraging for Kids

A friend of mine has three girls and recently they took a flower arranging class together. What fun! I have been looking for something new to do with my son, but would this new project be too “girly” for him?  I figured the only way to find out was to try.  His Aunt’s birthday was coming up so I suggested we make a flower

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Kids Get Stressed Too!

The other day, my son mentioned his stomach felt funny. Instantly, I thought,”oh,no, stomach flu!”. I am glad that I took the time to ask him some questions before I doused him with echinacea.  It turns out he was feeling stressed about an upcoming test.  I explained that stress or worry can make his body feel sick, like with a stomach ache or headache

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Encouraging Independence and Self-Reliance

The line between parental responsibility and coddling can sometimes get blurred. I am guilty of it.  I remember all too well how hard being a kid was for me. However, that doesn’t mean it’s a good thing to do everything for children. Take afterschool, for instance.  After a long day of learning, I find myself thinking poor baby, he needs a break. I used

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Tennis

I’m always wary of exposing my son to the hyper competitive afterschool sports available.  From parents yelling at their kids, children learning bad sports behavior etc, it can be a volatile environment at best. I have been lucky to find a great sport that seems to bring out the best in coaches, kids and parents- tennis! There are a lot of benefits that playing

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Kid Friendly Research Sites

So it’s after school and your child has a report due tomorrow. He needs to research but you have things to do, so you can’t sit and supervise the search online entirely. What to do? The web can be dangerous for kids. Parental controls don’t always work. Direct supervision has always been imperative. Nowadays though, kids researching on the web could not be simpler

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Mandalas for Kids

A mandala is usually a circular diagram symbolizing an ideal universe. They can come in many forms. Mandalas were originated in the 4th century as part of one of the world’s great religions, Buddhism. They were used in Tibet, India, Nepal, China and Japan among other countries. Now they are created throughout the world. Making a mandala can be a very empowering experience for

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Sphinx Kids

Sphinx Kids is a part of the Sphinx Organization’s Classical Connections program, which strives to bring classical music into underserved schools in the United States.  However, your child can enjoy it too! Sphinx Kids contains interactive games and videos from the Sphinx Classical Connections CD-Rom as well as from the New York Philharmonic’s KidZone website. It is a music site that has games and

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