Environmental Crafts for Kids

by John Philip Green  •  August 07, 2012
Making crafts together is a fun, creative way to spend time with your kids. With eco-craft projects you have the added benefit of repurposing materials from your own recycling bin and storage spaces. This means fewer expenses at the craft store and more time teaching your kids the lighter side of the three Rs. Reusing items like old milk cartons and worn t­-shirts can help kids learn to think twice about the way we use resources, and encourages some out-­of-­the-box thinking to address envir...
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Jumping the (Toy) Gun

by Kathy Green  •  August 01, 2012
My most treasured childhood toy was my Annie Oakley toy gun and holster. I just loved it! I played with it for endless hours, seeing how fast I could draw it from the holster, shooting my pet cocker spaniel many times a day, shining it adoringly and ultimately sleeping with it.It represents one of my fondest and strongest child hood memories. As an adult I have never been in a physical fight, I abhor violence and am considered very pacifistic. When you view this in light of my early obsessi...
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Don’t Scare the Kids! Environmental Awareness for the Whole Family

by John Philip Green  •  July 31, 2012
Our planet is in crisis; the environmental issues we face can seem daunting and downright frightening. Some of these problems, such as climate change and biodiversity loss, are complex to understand and intimidating in their scope. It is important to engage children in discussions about these environmental issues to help alleviate fears of the unknown and empower them to make positive changes.
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Family Purchasing Power: Eco-Friendly Style

by John Philip Green  •  July 24, 2012
From the day they are born, children are exposed to marketing and advertising. In 2004, the FTC estimated that children watched 10,700 minutes of television advertisements a year—that’s over seven days of commercials. It is our responsibility to show children how to navigate our consumer world by modelling purchasing power that is both ethically and environmentally conscious. Buy Smart The number on a price tag isn’t the only cost associated with an item, more often than not, the hidden...
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Green Your Home

by John Philip Green  •  July 17, 2012
Impressing on children the importance of environmental stewardship is best done as a family initiative, with everyone in the home taking part and working together to make a difference.
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Pacifiers: Do They Suck?

by Ali Dinani  •  July 12, 2012
Pacifiers can be a lifesaver, calming down a fussy baby almost instantly. But do they harm the baby more than they help the parents? Pacifiers have been used since the the late 17th century, and since their introduction have taken the world of parenthood by storm. Over 50% of the parental population in the US have adopted the use of pacifiers to one degree or another. The Good Relaxation As most parents are aware, pacifiers can calm a baby down during stressful moments. One of the common...
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Nanny Cams: Illegal? Unethical? or Both?

by Ali Dinani  •  July 04, 2012
The ill-conceived product of over anxious parents or a modern safety measure for your child? Nanny cams present a complex decision to many families. The Nanny Cam: a hidden video camera, secretly installed in a common household item such as such a teddy bear, clock, radio, plant or tissue box. It is used to secretly monitor and record the activities of caregivers. But there the clarity ends! We understand the 'what', but it is the 'when' and the 'how' that are the problems! What are the cir...
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