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Top Toys That Empower Children, Especially Girls

children parents wellness Mar 21, 2017

Girl-in-Science-Class-FeaturedIn a world that is increasingly driven by technology, skills in the STEM fields (that's science, technology, engineering and math,) are more relevant than ever in our nation's job market. There are many women who have made meaningful contributions to male-dominated industries, but women are still underrepresented in these roles and often face difficult challenges for equality in their careers. To counteract this imbalance in the long-run, many believe that girls should be...

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"The Creativity Crisis"

child development Mar 21, 2017

Fall is here and so is the back-to-school season! I've been looking forward to the routines and structure, investigating which activities to enroll my three-year-old. At the same time, I keep wondering what is the right balance of structured activities and open play. (In Manhattan, many three-year-olds -- and even younger children -- have busy schedules!) Earlier this summer, I reached out to our friend, Ms. Natalie Smith of Wonder and Spark for her input.

 

"... the MOST IMPORTANT gift...

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Parents: Exhausted by your children and just trying to get through the moments? Read this!

parents Mar 21, 2017

Sleep deprived by my 4 week old- and 2.5 year old- daughters, I do often times try to race through the present by focusing on the future, like when we can all go out to a restaurant and enjoy each other's company, or when they can tell me about their school day on our walk home from school, and, more selfishly, when I can get at least 7 consecutive hours of sleep.

 

I recognize that their present age is precious and I always try to savor every moment, as having both a 2.5 year old and a...

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Sanskrit Chanting -- For Kids Too?

parents sleep yoga Mar 21, 2017

A few years ago, I completed a yoga teacher training program. I had been interested enough in yoga that I wanted to pursue this program as an introductory overview of yoga. This program introduced me to the language of Sanskrit, which I don't remember ever even knowing of its existence until this program.

Scientists Say that Sanskrit Has A Unique Mathematical Precision

In one of our required readings for the Sanskrit section, I was fascinated by the below:

"[Sanskrit] has been written up in...

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Sibling Rivalry: A New Tool To Try

parents Mar 21, 2017

This week has been a very emotional week for my three-year-old and I. She's been communicating a series of alarming messages; including the claim that her nanny hits her in the face!

After having time to gather more information from her during this week and after listening to input from those that are more experienced, I think the root cause of this new behavior is that she's jealous and confused about her eight-month-old sister.

The frequency of our three-year-old knocking over the baby, or...

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Mommy to Mom to Mother

Uncategorized Mar 21, 2017

From one of my mommy email groups:

Real Mothers don't eat quiche; They don't have time to make it.

Real Mothers know that their kitchen utensils Are probably in the sandbox.

Real Mothers often have sticky floors, Filthy ovens and happy kids.

Real Mothers know that dried play dough Doesn't come out of carpets.

Real Mothers don't want to know what The vacuum just sucked up...

Real Mothers sometimes ask 'Why me?' And get their answer when a little Voice says, 'Because I love you best.'

Real...

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Home Remedies for Mosquito Bites

self-care Mar 21, 2017

Last Saturday I had a tough night. The trouble started when I couldn't sleep, and no matter what I did to doze off, I stayed wide awake into the early morning hours. Eventually I was successful in falling asleep, but only for a few short hours, because I soon awoke to multiple and particularly enormous mosquito bites all over my feet, legs and face.

With my body burning from the itchiness of the bites, I was frustrated and heart-broken. I had just been...

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How toxic is your car?

cars children Mar 21, 2017

Hi everyone!  I'm excited to start blogging again.  During my online silence, I've been hard at work offline on my first book, which is about environmental health at home.  Soon after my first child was born, I stumbled across upsetting information regarding environmental toxins -- endocrine disruptors, neurotoxins, reproductive toxins, and others -- that contribute to developmental and behavioral impairment in children.  What kept me up at night was learning that my...

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Disease-Proof Your Child by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

diet Mar 21, 2017

After reading The China Study by Dr. Colin Campbell, I became panicked about my family diet as it convinced me that consuming animal protein -- including dairy -- is not worthwhile.  But, then, what do I feed my family, especially my 20-month old daughter?!  Traditionally, a child her age consumes a significant amount of dairy, as our beloved pediatrician recommended.

Not being able to discuss my questions with an expert, I again found a great book that addressed many of my...

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Environmental Concerns at School: Use This Interactive Tool To Learn More!

children Mar 21, 2017

The Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ) just released an interactive tool that is meant to increase awareness of the key sources of polyvinyl chloride (a.k.a. PVC or vinyl) in our schools.

"PVC is the most toxic plastic for our health and environment. No other plastic contains or releases as many dangerous chemicals. Unfortunately the poison plastic is widespread in schools across the nation."

-- The Center for Health, Environment & Justice

Many schools around the...

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