Earth Day Activities with Children

Photos and story by Monica Guthrie   When I was really little, I spent an afternoon picking up trash in my neighborhood. I thought I did a great thing, my mom however wished I’d worn gloves and immediately told me to go wash my hands. Since then I’ve adopted new ways to be eco-friendly (recycling, trying to use renewable resources, etc.,) because it’s important to be mindful of our impact on the earth. So for this Earth Day (April 22) I thought I’d put together some activities for my little ones. The youngest is too young now to really understand...

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Understanding the Dreaded Four Month Sleep Regression

By Cara Dumaplin, RN www.TakingCaraBabies.com "He was sleeping great, but suddenly he started waking up every hour. It's harder now than when he was a newborn." Oh this story is so common when I'm speaking to sleep deprived parents. "It all started at about four months. I'm at a loss of what to do." The dreaded "four month sleep regression" has struck. Let me see if I can simplify it for you and truly help you understand what is happening with your little one's sleep.  What is the Four Month Sleep Regression:  So, it's not really a "regression" per se....

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How to Survive Rainy Days

By Mary Beth Gibson  Ah, Spring. Winter has finally passed, and new life emerges all around us. The green tinge returns to the grass, buds burst forth on the trees, and shoots spring up from the ground. The weather warms, and we all breathe a collective sigh of relief now that we can turn our children loose in parks and yards without half an hour of fighting and wrangling them into coats, hats, gloves, and snow boots, but then comes the rain. For the large majority of us, though we understand and appreciate the importance of rain during the spring,...

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