Archives for February, 2014

Indoor Gardening with Kids

by Ginger Henderson The days may be feeling cold and dreary, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy an early spring.  Plant an indoor garden with your kids to help ease the winter doldrums and keep your green thumb active!  Not sure how to begin?  Read on to learn about supplies, spaces and good plants to use. Places and Spaces …

Bringing Nature to Life

by Ginger Henderson   Bring a touch of life to your child’s cold winter days with these fun, educational crafts. Soda Bottle Bird Feeder Materials: • Soda bottle, clean and dry • Birdseed • Wooden spoons (2) • Permanent marker • Craft knife • Small eye screw • Fishing line, twine or string Create! To begin, use the permanent marker …

Difficult Topics for Little Hearts

by Ginger Henderson   Few things seem as difficult to explain to children as the unkindness often present in American history. Schools’ February focus on Black History Month sometimes brings difficult questions as children struggle to reconcile the things they’ve learned with the values they’ve been taught. When topics such as segregation, slavery and abuse give your little ones pause, …

The Age of Over-Parenting

by Katie M. Moss   Good parents always have their children’s well-being in mind. But what happens when parents take their attention a bit too far? How much parenting is too much, and how do you know when you’ve reached that point? It’s natural to urge your children to put on their warm jackets when it’s chilly outside or make …

Bundled Babies

by Sarah G. Mason   When the weather is chilly, there are several simple rules: Wear layers, bring extra and don’t forget your gloves! For babies, however, the rules aren’t as clear. You want to make sure your little guy is warm enough, but when does just enough become too much? According to pediatrician David Geller, it definitely takes time …