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How to Foster Friendships Between Siblings

We all want our kids to be lifelong friends, right? But in these early, sticky days of tantrums and hair-pulling and “It’s not fair!,” fostering friendships between siblings can often feel like a completely unattainable goal. In fact, research suggests that kids aged 2-4 fight or disagree EVERY 6.3 minutes! …

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4 Musts for Guiding a Highly Creative Child

You know the type — the curious collector who turns stacks of melted cough drops into a sculpture, the engineering enthusiast who begs daily to re-wire the vacuum cleaner, the tormented tot who counters every boundary you set with an all-caps, “WHY?!” For those of us who are parenting a …

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Teach Your Kids Sustainability in 8 Steps

In a recent study on moral intelligence, educational consultant Dr. Michele Borba noted that the most overlooked aspect of a child’s early learning experience is, surprisingly, character. “That’s what parents don’t seem to get, the hidden values of character traits for success. They see character education as fluff, because that’s …

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Here’s What To Do About Problematic Books

Dr. Suess. Laura Ingalls Wilder. Mark Twain. What to make of those beloved, nostalgic children’s book authors whose classic works claim to depict and contain stereotypical references, images, and themes? Today, we’re offering a few considerations to help determine a course of action that’s the best fit for your family, …

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Teaching Your Child to Play Independently

In today’s post, it’s time to get real about the “Invitation to Play” you might have seen your favorite Insta parenting influencers touting. In case you’re not yet familiar, an Invitation to Play is often presented as an (increasingly complex) activity a parent sets up for a child in order …

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Village Schooling: What, Why, & How

Ready to hear one of the greatest tools you have at your disposal as a parent and teacher? It’s not the curriculum. It’s not the method. It’s not the stack of flashcards, the Wobbel board, or the 101 Play Hacks e-book your favorite Instagram account keeps touting. It’s far simpler, …

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What are Sit Spots?

What if I told you of just 1 daily practice that holds immeasurable benefits for both you and your kids? That there exists a magical shortcut to help your whole family think clearly, respond calmly – heck, even sleep deeply? And that it’s 100% free and takes no more than …

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Real-Life Playrooms: The 5 P’s of Toy Organization

We’ve all seen it – the picture perfect playroom with neatly-organized bins, happily stacked wooden blocks, books arranged in a rainbow-hued pattern. It’s expertly styled, of course, but is it functional? Is it real? Is it a space a child will feel empowered to play in? Today, we’re debunking the …

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How to Start Homeschooling Your 2-3 Year Old

When I decided to homeschool my kids, I was itching to get started. I knew the benefits – a stronger family bond, flexible schedules, freedom to travel, time to explore individual passions and interests. But with my oldest daughter just turning 2, here’s what I didn’t know: What does it …

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8 Tips for Feeding Little Kids

Truth time: hangry kids make for a very stressed out household. But keeping kids fed can sometimes feel like a full-time job in itself, and if you have a particularly picky eater on your hands, the task is trickier than ever. If you’ve ever doubted whether or not you’ll make it …

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