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Mindfulness for Little Ones

Mindfulness, simply defined, is being in the moment. Using simple tools can help us consciously notice our breath, bodies and sensations, as well as what is happening around us. As we practice noticing, we can more readily return to the moment and more immediately connect with ourselves and others. Integrating five mindfulness practices into our young children’s lives is easy ... Read More »

Parents’ Smoking Linked to Artery Damage in Children

Researchers from Australia’s University of Tasmania have found that children exposed to the secondhand smoke of their parents will likely face abnormally thickened carotid arteries later in life. The finding, published in the European Heart Journal, followed 3,776 children that participated in the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study and the Childhood Determinants of Adult Health Study. The children were divided into groups according to whether neither parent ... Read More »

Three Essentials for a Chemical-Free Kid’s Room

From the nursery through the dorm, creating a chemical-free kid’s room is essential to minimize or avoid exposure to the toxins found in many modern bedrooms, like dust mites, mold and mildew. As children grow and mature, their lungs, skin and digestive systems are especially prone to the dangers of indoor environmental pollutants, and a healthy environment is critical to ... Read More »

Day Care Goes Green- What’s Good for Kids is Good for the World

With children especially susceptible to germs, chemical sensitivities and allergens, it makes sense to ensure that the child-friendliness of day care facilities extends to their ecological integrity. When Denise Adusei, of New York City, was unable to find a preschool that included all the criteria she sought, she decided to create and direct Peartree Preschool, a year-round day care facility ... Read More »

Paddle-Happy- Stand Up Paddleboards Spell Family Fun

“Most kids growing up in Chattanooga have crossed the Tennessee River via the Walnut Street pedestrian bridge; far fewer have been on the river beneath it,” remarks Mark Baldwin, owner of area paddle sports outfitter L2 Boards. Using stand up paddleboards (SUP), he loves guiding adults and children on their own up-close discoveries of the river’s cliffs, caves, fish, turtles ... Read More »

Father Factor- Involved Dads Make for Smarter, Happier Kids

It’s well known that involving fathers from the start in children’s lives has a significant positive impact on their development, including the greater economic security of having more than one parent. Yet, there’s more to the “father effect”. Numerous studies have found that children growing up in a household with a father present show superior outcomes in intelligence tests, particularly ... Read More »