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3 Nontoxic Cleaning Recipes for Kitchen Cabinets

cleaning kitchen Oct 07, 2018

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Kitchen cabinets accumulate grime and dirt from everyday use. Over time, wood surfaces and door knobs can develop a thick layer of grime. Not to mention stuck-on foods that splatter onto cabinet surfaces, or spills from food, milk, and juices that drip onto lower cabinets.

Keeping kitchen cabinets clean can help minimize bacteria and mold.

 

Health risks from a dirty kitchen cabinet

Mold can grow on...

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Health Risks from Cookware

diet kitchen Oct 06, 2018

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Do you make time to cook at home so that you and your family can eat a healthier diet? Are you also someone who makes baby food to protect your child from chemicals found in prepackaged baby foods?

Increasingly, people are trying to eat more homemade meals. Moms of babies and toddlers are prioritizing time to make homemade baby food. These people know that it's healthier to hand select the ingredients in...

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Helping My Child Spot Fake News Online

The days of sitting down with the evening newspaper to marinate and mull over the national and local news are long gone.

Today’s information is delivered fast and furiously over the high-tech devices and provides supposed facts at a rapid-fire pace. News sources are under incredible pressure to get the “scoop” but the speed of instant news does not come without a high price.

It takes time and earnest thought to think things through to figure out the essence of the actual...

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Protect Social Skills from Technology

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Face-to-face interactions are key to healthy social skills. For young people, they are essential in learning to notice and interpret non-verbal cues, in connecting with others, and in developing empathy.

Our increasing time on digital screens, however, jeopardizes the development of healthy social skills, especially among our children and teenagers. Below are some estimates on our children's digital...

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Wired for Better or Worse

by the editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Building values for healthy living have long been on a parent’s radar, and most parents agree that safeguards are necessary to keep the internet a safe, secure learning environment for children and teens.

Google has provided parents with a SafeSearch filter to prevent kids from using the search engine to find unsafe or inappropriate sites for a long time. Adults wanting to avoid unsafe or inappropriate websites can use...

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10 Tips to Keep Your Child Safe From Online Predators

Give technology a bedtime.

by the editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

The world wide web is a wonderland of information and entertainment. And it's great for kids when used mindfully and with adult supervision.

But it can also be an unsafe environment for kids to navigate on their own, including from online predators who are savvy in preying on children.     

After hearing about worrisome scenarios of children and the internet,...

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Live Streaming 101: What Parents Should Know

While live streaming services like YouNow have been around for a while, many other apps have started incorporating live streaming features as well.

Facebook has Facebook Live, Tumblr has partnered with YouNow to incorporate streaming features directly into the app, and YouTube now allows videos to be streamed live as well (no editing required).

Children and adults often use these and other apps to communicate with others and play games, so it’s important for you to understand the...

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Tips for Nontoxic Kitchen Utensils

kitchen Sep 25, 2018

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Cooking utensils and disposable eating utensils are often made of plastic, and sometimes vinyl (among the most toxic types of plastic). These materials may contaminate your diet with toxic chemicals as well as contaminate our environment during their manufacturing and even after you discard them. 

Plastic utensils typically contain or involve toxic chemicals such as benzene, BPA, chlorine, dioxins, and...

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Does social media make us feel more disconnected and socially isolated?

Forcing connections in the offline world can lead to some of the truest connections.

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Social media and other internet-based arenas are popular communities among adults, teenagers, and middle schoolers. These online platforms are popular ways to connect with friends, family, and classmates.

Ironically, while it connects us like never before, it can also increase feelings of anxiety and isolation—sometimes...

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What is a healing space?

by Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

An environment—like in our homes, schools, and workspaces—can be designed to support therapeutic effects. Evidence has found that many hospital patients can enjoy better recovery than those in spaces without healing elements.

And many of these healing elements can be applied to our daily lives.

Optimal Healing Environment (OHE), a term coined in 2004 by the Samueli Institute, is used to describe a healthcare...

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