Parents and schools are often looking for ways to get children involved in service projects that will broaden their understanding of the world and help out a good cause at the same time. In the process, we face this question: what can a kid do to make a difference?It turns out.... read more
Make every day Earth Day. What does that mean for your family? It may mean you recycle, drive a hybrid car, have a compost, or participate in local cleanups. But you may not be "closing the loop.""Closing the loop" means that you are making a conscious choice to buy products m.... read more
Want kids to connect with nature? They need to learn to love it first and any of these books will help you to plan your next nature exploration. When nature books are so good that they get made into a feature-length movie or stick with your child's memory through the years, th.... read more
So you have a few too many books, do you? Those picture books are really starting to pile up, and now the kids are moving on to chapter books. Where are those supposed to go? As it is, the shelves are so tightly crammed that it has actually become difficult to dislo.... read more
For a kid, it isn't hard to understand that the wind and sun are powerful. After all, they have probably had to chase down a baseball cap caught in a gust of wind or felt the heat of the sun warming their skin. What might be a little hard for them to understand, and for us as .... read more
Our children are our teachers in so many ways, obvious as well as subtle. Their very appearance in our lives immediately certifies us as experts in all sorts of things—and rookie-league amateurs in all kinds of others! Then they go to school, where they come to know facts th.... read more
With warm weather finally here, our kids are saying hello again to all of the insects and small creatures of the great outdoors. We haven't missed the mosquitoes, but we are so happy to see the ladybugs, butterflies, ants, and frogs again.Did you know that you can bring the.... read more
Spring cleaning is upon us once again, and rather than dread the chore of rolling up your sleeves and getting into the old "elbow grease," consider that this year, very simply and with no great personal expense, you can green up your cleaning practices. You'll not only save .... read more
All around, the world is blooming. It's like a jungle out there! So lush and green and lovely. It makes even the most non-gardener of non-gardeners feel like watering something—even a meager handful of dirt hosting a sorry excuse for a houseplant will do. And in this stat.... read more
1. No more bottled water in regular plastic jugs. Drink from glasses, filter your own water, use refillable jugs (see every option at www.reusablebags.com). Do something other than give into those tempting little 12-oz. plastics from the corner store that pile up landfills fas.... read more
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