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10 Hidden Health Hazards in Your Home




http://www.parents.com/baby/safety/tips/10-hidden-health-hazards-in-your-home-0/

Some of the most serious hazards aren’t outdoors—they’re hiding in plain sight in even the most safety-minded households. Learn which unexpected items are risky, and take steps to avoid an accident. Click here to read this article from Parents Magazine.






Easy No-Carve Pumpkin Crafts


http://www.parents.com/holiday/halloween/no-carve-pumpkin-ideas-for-kids/


This article from Parents Magazine provides some excellent suggestions for no-carve pumpkin crafts. For example, you can turn pumpkins into mummies by wrapping them in white crepe-paper streamers and then gluing on pom-pom eyes. Click here to see other ideas.



Could Pleasant, Peaceful Family Meals Help Fight Childhood Obesity?

http://www.parenting-journals.com/2003/family-meals-keep-kids-slim/#more-2003

You might not think of it, but having peaceful, pleasant family meals could help maintain children at a healthy weight, according to a new study.

Researchers at the University of Minnesota gave 120 families iPads to record mealtimes for 8 days; half the families had overweight or obese children, and half did not.

Upon viewing hours of family meals, researchers found that families with non-overweight kids tended to have friendlier interactions, where family members seemed to enjoy one another’s company; parents were also more likely to use positive reinforcement during meals.


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Backyard Bushcraft Skills: No Wilderness Required


You must read this post. It includes great ideas about things that you can do with your kids that don't include TV or computer, and that you can do in your backyard. 







"You can practice your fire making skills with the available resources out back. No wood? No problem."

"Every backyard lawn has weeds. Learning to safely identify wild edibles for nutrition and medicine is smart. Like every other skill mentioned above, wildcrafting can be done close to home. We place value on what we name. Before I knew the name of Mullein, it was just a weed growing along the fence row of our pasture. Now it’s a valued item in our herbal medicine kit."


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Amazing PiƱatas for Birthday Parties



My husband is a dedicated father who takes birthday parties very seriously.  He always comes up with unique party themes and bigger and better ways to celebrate the birthdays of our children.  For my step-son who is now 12 years old, my husband selected themes such as dinosaurs, Captain Underpants, Pokemon, Harry Potter, Super Mario and the Legend of Zelda.  For our 4 years old, so far, the themes have been Toupie & Binou, Mickey Mouse & Friends, and Dr. Seuss. 

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20 Cheap Summer Activities for the Whole Family


20 awesome short-term and budget-friendly activities that can be done almost anywhere. Most activities can be done with the children, but others are for adults only.



1. Boat fishing

2. Petting zoo

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Trying to get kids to eat healthier? Don’t tell them veggies are good for them


Are you struggling to get your child to eat vegetables or other healthy food? Although you probably know that you are not alone, you may not know that your strategy is the key of the problem (and potential solution!).



According to a recent study, "parents and caregivers who are struggling to get children to eat healthier may be better off simply serving the food without saying anything about it, or (if credible) emphasizing how yummy the food actually is”. 

Click here to read more about this study.



6 Ways to Get your Couch Potato Moving



Photo taken from http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/6-ways-get-your-couch-potato-moving
The Age of Computers and Television has also become the Age of the Couch Potato. Instead of running outside to play, our kids choose to sit down and text. I believe that inside every couch potato there is an active child waiting to get out. All she or he needs are some fun ideas and a little encouragement. Here are some tips to help you and your kids get moving! Click Here to read this article.
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