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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....

Does Our Selfie Culture Foster Narcissism?

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Selfies—self-portrait photos taken by one’s smartphone—is a modern phenomenon.   24+...

Helping Kids Reap the Mental and Physical Benefits of Exercise

by the editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Digital screens and other technologies have made it more challenging for parents to get their kids to...

Support Retailers Leading The Way towards Safer Household Products

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families works hard to protect us from toxic chemicals by fighting to strengthen laws, working with retailers to phase out hazardous chemicals...

Should Parents Ban Cell Phone Use for Kids?

by the editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Cell phones can often feel like an appendage of ours. The average consumer is estimated to check his or...

Nonstick Teflon Cookware: Health Risks?

by the editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Convenience is more important than ever before as our lives have become more hectic than ever. As a...

How to Talk to Kids About Sexting

Talking to your kids about sexting should be as common as talking to them about healthy eating and exercise. By the editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée. ...

How to Choose Nontoxic Lead-Free Mugs

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Ceramic mugs can be nontoxic as long as the mug doesn’t contain high levels of lead. Conventional mugs are...

6 Online Gaming Safety Tips for Adults, Parents, and Kids

by editorial team   Do you or your child spend a lot of time playing games online? If the answer is “yes,” then we have online gaming safety tips for you....

Why Is Pornography Such a Problem Today, especially for Children?

by editorial team   Children’s exposure to pornography is not harmless fun. In fact, it may not be harmless for adults either. Long gone are the titillating days...

The Dangers of Online Grooming

by editorial team   What Is Online Grooming? While rare, grooming can occur in real life or online. Grooming is when a predator reaches out to someone (including...

Choose a Nontoxic Glider Chair—for Your Nursery or Your Family Room

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Are you looking for a glider chair—whether for a baby on the way, or for just a comfy chair to relax in? ...

4 Types of Nontoxic Children's Dinner Plates

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Dinner plates are often made of glass or ceramic. For children, however, these materials can be dangerous: One...

Tips for a Lead-Free Bathtub

 by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Lead is a toxic metal commonly found in rocks and soil. It cannot be seen, smelt or tasted. (1) While...

Guidelines for Choosing a Nontoxic Nursery Rug

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Who would ever think that rugs designed for nurseries could pollute our indoor environment? I certainly didn't...

Ceramic-Coated versus Teflon Cookware: Which one is healthier?

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Ceramic-coated versus Teflon cookware: Which one is healthier? Below are key pros and cons of ceramic-coated cookware...

The Pros and Cons of Ceramic

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Ceramic is generally considered among the healthiest materials used throughout the home, from cozy warm mugs to...

Choosing Nontoxic Food Storage Containers

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Summer is wrapping up and parents are entering back-to-school mode, making it a great time to stock up on food...

How to Choose a Nontoxic Cutting Board

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Chemicals found in standard cutting boards may off-gass volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air and leach...

Our Culture of Impatience in an On-Demand World

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée   We live in a society that serves instant gratification: dinners come pre-packaged or are delivered soon...

Your Child’s Online Privacy: An Intro

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée   A modern challenge for parents is protecting their children’s privacy online—both a...

Is Copper Cookware Safe?

Increasingly, people are learning that nonstick pots and pans are coated with perfluorochemicals (PFCs), which pose health risks. And they are a family of persistent...

Is Your Child Cheating on Tests With Technology?

by editorial team   According to a 2017 study by McAfee, 47% of students have seen or heard of a student using their mobile phone to cheat on an assignment or a test;...

10 Tips to Help Parents Talk to Kids about Internet Safety

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Children are society’s most valuable and vulnerable demographic. And many parents strive to optimize their...

Using Everyday Items as Nontoxic Baby Bath Toys

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Kids love taking baths—splashing around, and playing with their toys. However, are your...

How to Help A Child with Their Social Skills

by editorial team   Do you know how to help your child with their social skills? As a parent, you have a unique opportunity to teach your child social skills even...

Criteria for Choosing an Organic Towel

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Most people don't realize that their towels can be a source of toxic exposures. When selecting new towels, you...

Children’s Privacy Online: For Kids Who Type

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée   As with any land of opportunity, the cyber world offers both possibilities and risks. Just as we teach...

How Technology Contributes to Obesity in Children

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Is Technology to Blame for Childhood Obesity? Childhood obesity is a primary concern worldwide, including in...

Is My Damp Bedroom Causing Health Problems?

by editorial team    Bedrooms can feel damp and humid sometimes. When the outdoor humidity level is high, that makes sense. Temporary dampness comes and goes with...

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