by editorial team
Do you snuggle with your kids on the couch and read a book?
How about sitting down to watch t.v. for a bit before bedtime?
Or, even better, if you can grab a few extra moments to yourself in your busy day.
Ahh, can you feel your body sinking into the couch now?
What you’re sinking into and sitting on likely contains flame retardants.
Standard couches contain flame retardants. In fact, these flame retardants have been...
by a staff writer
Social isolation contributes to low self-esteem, school adjustment, anxiety, and depression. The digital world can hamper as much as elevate children's lives. And too much time on devices increases social isolation.
Parents can help by scheduling device-free time to strengthen social and interpersonal skills by ensuring interactive, outdoor activities or team sports.
Although quality family time and great family relationships provide a...
"Americans spend almost 11 hours a day consuming media," according to a report by CNN in 2016. In addition to how this modern lifestyle is affecting our brains, bodies, spirit, energy, and human experience, I wonder, How is this influencing our children?
In 2017, CNN reported this about our children's screen time:
Candles have been a part of our rituals and celebrations for more than 5,000 years. Burning incense and "smudging"—ceremonial practices of burning sacred herbs and woods to "cleanse" or bless spaces—have also been performed since ancient times. Given that these practices have existed for millenia, could they pose health risks?
Aside from accidental fires, the process of burning anything always runs the risk of emitting unhealthy fumes or particles. And which...
by editorial team
Busy parents like us don’t have much time to spare, let alone sleep to spare. When you crawl into bed you want to sink into the mattress and zonk out. Not start sneezing and coughing from allergies.
Especially the types of allergies in the bedroom only.
Technology has changed our lives, including family time.
While there are invaluable benefits—like the precious moments we can now record as photos and videos—technology also challenges family bonding. Especially when we feel depleted at the end of the day.
All parents can empathize with how effectively technology can soothe our kids (and us) when family dynamics get difficult. When we're too tired to deal with difficult children, it's much easier to...
Written by the Editorial Team
Too much screen time can have negative effects on kids’ eyes, and yet, a report from CNN shows that 25% of children use digital devices for over three hours each day.
Children who use a computer or other digital device for extended periods of time must focus and refocus their eyes constantly, react to changing images on the screen, and move their eyes back and forth as they read. The screen itself also adds contrast, flicker, and glare to the visual...
by editorial team
During the first three months of life, babies' bodies and brains are developing and growing like crazy. They look so frail with their little hands and feet uncontrollably waving around. Their motor skills, hearing, vision, and communication are developing during this time.
As parents, we want to do whatever we can to promote the healthy and full development of our children, which is why it’s so important to avoid chemicals that disrupt that development.
Written by the editorial team, and edited by Sophia Ruan Gushée
Have you ever slept through the night, yet felt like you didn’t get much sleep?
That feeling of disrupted sleep may be only one of several health effects of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) in the bedroom.
EMFs (electromagnetic fields) are emitted from electronic devices—like cellular phones, computers, tablets, Bluetooth devices, power lines, and...
by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée
Building and renovating our homes are opportune moments to create a healthy indoor environment since building materials (like floors and cabinets) and interior furnishings (like paints and furniture) have a meaningful influence on our indoor air quality.
First, keep in mind that "green" is not necessarily "healthy."
People often assume that products marketed as "green"—or...