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Ten Steps to a Simple, Square Foot Garden

Space and time limitations prevent most families from planting the massive gardens many of us remember from childhood. Keep in mind, a garden yielding a significant amount of produce can be planted in a space as small as a cubic foot planter. For this project, we’ll select a 4×4 foot patch in the yard.
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Green Nursery Tips: Eco-Friendly, Low Cost

The best thing about being green is that simple is best. Choices are (fortunately or not) less plentiful, and certain decisions are a given. Low VOC paint? Check. Carpet? Nope. Particleboard furniture? Uh, uh. The basic concept from a health standpoint is the toxins in the substances. Volatile organic compounds as well as the glue used in making pressboard, particleboard and chipboard, and chemicals in carpeting are released into the air over time. No number of spider plants will eliminate the chemicals forever. Choosing wood furniture can be a better choice, not only from an environmental perspective, but from a financial one. Older or antique furniture can be purchased quite inexpensively, and reusing is always better than purchasing new. If the piece was painted before 1960, make sure that the paint does not contain lead. If it does, a coat of paint on top is a must.
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Toddler Tantrums and How To Prevent Them

Do you feel angry and frustrated when your toddler gets into a tantrum? Then we have something in common. My kids have used theirs whenever we were in the supermarket and they couldn’t get their candy or when they had to go to bed. Lucky me I found out how to stall or even prevent a tantrum and so will YOU!
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Decorating Your Baby’s Room On A Budget

Pregnancy is such a joyful and exciting time as you plan for the arrival of your new baby. Whether this is your first or third baby, chances are you will want to create a special place for them. That means baby nursery decoration, but can it be done on a budget?
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How to Help Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem

Fostering and building a children’s self-esteem is an ongoing job for a parent. One that begins at birth and continues through childhood and into adulthood. A child with a healthy self-esteem will have confidence in himself and his abilities. Self-esteem can serve as a protective armor that will help a child grow and get through the turbulent adolescent years to become a successful, confident adult.
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Teaching Kids to Do Basic Chores

I had no idea how many parents don’t teach their children the most basic household chores. I’m at my son’s soccer tournament, a place where there is so much downtime that his teammates’ parents become best temporary friends rather quickly. These are all terrific people….well educated, hard working, loving parents. Yet, when we got into the discussion of our kids doing their own laundry, most admitted that their 15 and 16 year olds were clueless in this area.
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The Benefits of Playground Play

If you ask your child what his favorite place in the day care is, I would guess that he would answer the playground. Outdoor playgrounds in the day care do make a child’s stay there more enjoyable. Especially when these are painted in different colors, children would instantly race to play first on the play ground. As the parents, you might be concerned with a lot of safety issues, but I highly doubt that your child will get into any accidents because children are only allowed to play in a playground with supervision.
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Learning Goal Setting At An Early Age

We have all heard of the laws of attraction and probably read the book called “The Secret”. But take this one step further and realize that the number one way you can guarantee your child’s success is to teach kids goal setting and how to use the laws of attraction starting at a young age.
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Toddler Activities for Their Health and Your Sanity

The Pre-Sell

The great thing about having young children is that your perspective can be their perspective. You just have to sell it right. For example, today I took my kids to volunteer at our local humane society. Now even-though they spent most of the time picking up dog poo, all three are pumped to do it again next week. Why you ask? How is that possible? Because to them, it was not a crappy job. It was a chance to show how they could help animals in need. It showed how they could help a dog be adopted, who would otherwise be euthanized. It was a chance for them to show mom and dad how they could do a job all by themselves. By the time we left the dog shelter, our kids felt like heroes. I spent time the day before talking to them about the above points; I sold them a positive perspective on cleaning up dog poo.
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Problem Solving with Children

PROBLEM SOLVING . . . it sounds like math homework. In this instance, it’s a lot more important than finding a solution to an addition equation. We’re discussing techniques to bring a solution to an issue that is running interference between two or more people. More specifically, problem solving is a simple strategy children can learn and use to find solutions to the daily problems they encounter as they go about their business of being children while growing into responsible, happy adults. When children implement problem solving skills with the peers and adults in their lives they are equipping themselves with techniques which will benefit them throughout every dimension of their present and future lives. It is our responsibility, as adults, to teach and model problem solving skills to children. It is definitely an investment in time, but the ROI (return on investment) is off the charts. Start
investing now!
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