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  • 29
    Dec
    Behavior
    Written By Tela Kayne
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    A few nights ago at a local restaurant, a waitress made a comment to my husband and I that her 7 year old son is starting to take his toys for granted. She said he received around $1500 in toys for Christmas, including a Nintendo Wii, but that his first question after opening all of his gifts was, "Why didn't you get me a Playstation 3?" This has stuck with me for several days as I look around my daughters' playroom filled to the max with toy after toy. How do I avoid spoiling my children in a world where materialism and instant gratification are so rampant?

  • 06
    Jan
    Baby, Health, Other Stuff
    Written By Bryn Huntpalmer
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    Decorating the nursery is a special and important part of welcoming a new addition to your family. However, so many household products are filled with toxins that it’s difficult to find a way to make your baby’s space free from dangerous fibers and chemicals. Here are a few of Modernize’s best ways to help you create a beautiful, safe place for your little one. Room decoration When painting and decorating your new nursery, choose paints free of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and make sure to air the room out after painting and carpeting. If you want to stay away from wall to wall carpet, as it can hold onto dust and other allergens, choose rugs made from natural organic cottons,

  • 01
    Jun
    Health, Other Stuff
    Written By Amy Williams
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    Babyminding-Smartphone-Toddler-Narcissism

    As parents, we want the best for our children. We research GMO’s, cloth diapers, food additives, and whether the high fructose corn syrup myth is real or just hype. We focus on creating the ultimate learning environment and strive to achieve optimal learning development as our children age. This need to keep our children safe spills over into our family’s love of technology. We research and read reviews to find what are the best learning apps or I.Q. building games for our toddlers. Tales of cyberbullying, online predators, sexting gone wrong, and stolen identities keep us up at night while we teach social media etiquette with our children. Unfortunately, we are completely overlooking very real and startling risks associated with

  • 18
    Oct
    Behavior, Diet & Nutrition
    Written By Tela Kayne
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    The following is an email I received from a friend, that gives a first hand account of how artificial food dyes and other artificial ingredients can impact the behavior of a child.  Her success in eliminating artificial colors, flavors and preservatives from her son's diet speaks for itself! Jonathan's* behavior was awful. I used to dread when he would have to come home from school because his mood swings were really bad. He had so many tics and it was getting out of control. He seemed to have all the signs of Tourette's. I really wanted to take him to a psychologist because of who he had turned into. I have been always careful about what I give the kids

  • 07
    Sep
    Diet & Nutrition, Products
    Written By jenstate
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    Like a lot of moms of school-aged children, I prefer to pack a healthy lunch for my kids most days of the week. This year I decided to give the  PlanetBox lunch system a try when I was looking for a new school lunch solution for my kids. This is my personal review of the product. I did not receive the product for review. I purchased it myself and have not been asked by anyone to review it. Now, let's get down to the good stuff! The problem I had when packing lunches for my two little ones was that I was wasting a significant amount of food when using individually packaged carrot sticks and apple slices. When I

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