By Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. | November 30, 2018 | Comments Off on BOOKS THAT HOOK YOUNG READERS

Books for kids can be the ultimate gift that keeps on giving. Here are some favorites. The Nocturnals is a critically acclaimed, middle-grade series for readers that love animals, adventure and a hint of mystery. Written by film director and author Tracey Hecht, the books also relate to elementary school children, covering bullying, confidence, friendship…

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Beyond Toys

By Sandra Murphy | November 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Beyond Toys

Gifts that Evoke Kids’ Creativity Choosing thoughtful gifts for kids can be a challenge, especially when opting for creativity over this year’s hot toy. It’s possible to find gifts that appeal to both parent and child, involving the whole family or working as solo projects. Some expand beyond the boundaries of home. Go Robo The…

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Nurturing Creative Kids

By Marlaina Donato | October 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Nurturing Creative Kids

Hobbies Engage and Grow Healthy Kids by Marlaina Donato Unplugging with creative and fun activities fosters skills that can last a lifetime. Studies published by the National Endowment for the Arts Office of Research & Analysis show that participating in performing and visual arts enhances children’s social skills and emotional processing, builds confidence and improves…

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Healing Our Kids

By Ronica A. O’Hara | September 28, 2018 | Comments Off on Healing Our Kids

Reversing a Rising Tide of Chronic Conditions by Ronica A. O’Hara The statistics are startling—as many as a quarter to one half of American children now have a diagnosed chronic condition, according to studies that include one in Academic Pediatrics that includes obesity. Over the last few decades, the number of children with asthma has…

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By Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. | August 30, 2018 | Comments Off on GOOD BOX LUNCH IDEAS

Holley Grainger, a mother of two in Birmingham, Alabama, took photos of the healthy lunches she packed—all 125 of them. Check them out at Kelly Kwok, cookbook author and mother of two schoolchildren in Buffalo, New York, shares many perfectfor-a-lunchbox recipes on her blog Here are three of them. Egg ‘Salad’ Sandwich Kwok…

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By Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. | August 30, 2018 | Comments Off on DELICIOUS BOX LUNCH RECIPES

Sarah Britton, a plant-based holistic nutritionist who blogs at, lives near Toronto, Canada, with her husband and school-age son. Like all mothers, she faces the challenge of packing her child’s lunch. These three recipes can be made ahead of time and come from her new book Naturally Nourished: Healthy, Delicious Meals Made with Everyday…

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Build a Bento Box Lunch for kids

By Judith Fertig | August 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Build a Bento Box Lunch for kids

Pack Five Foods for Fun, Flavor and Health by Judith Fertig Old-style rectangular metal lunchboxes are passé. New, convenient compartmentalized containers inspired by the Japanese bento box and Indian tiffin allow parents to pack up to five different, colorful and healthy items for a child’s lunch with less plastic wrapping to separate foods. It dovetails…

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Natural Immune Boosters for Kids

By Marlaina Donato | July 28, 2018 | Comments Off on Natural Immune Boosters for Kids

How to Power Up Their Defenses by Marlaina Donato Strong immunity is a cornerstone of optimum health, and may be weakened or enhanced by what we eat and how we manage our emotions. Starting young in incorporating good ongoing habits can go a long way toward building a better immune response to whatever a person…

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By Barbara Pleasant | June 30, 2018 | Comments Off on THE JOY OF DIRT

Gardening Connects Kids to Nature by Barbara Pleasant Children benefi t from a close connection with nature, and there’s no better place to learn about plants and soil than a garden. Families don’t need lots of space, as even a small collection of potted plants holds fascination for youngsters. Th e fi rst step is…

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By Judith Fertig | May 30, 2018 | Comments Off on HEALTHY SUMMER HYDRATION

Kids Love These Homemade Drinks by Judith Fertig At day camp or the pool, on the playing field or in the backyard, kids can get really thirsty, especially as temperatures climb. Although filtered water is always a good choice, sugary, carbonated, artificially colored and flavored beverages can be tempting. Having homemade options ready can entice…

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