Why We Use Only Natural Crayons (and You Should, too!)

Why We Use Only Natural Crayons (and You Should, too!)

ARE CRAYONS SAFE? Crayons are probably the most used art materials for kids, but are they safe? The answer is NO! Mainstream crayons are full of harmful products like paraffin  wax (petroleum), plastic (glitter), chemical pigments and even carcinogens like phthalates (fragrances), lead and asbestos (in 2015)! Asbestos is deadly both if ingested and inhaled (even in [...]

HOW TO GROW YOUR CHILD’S BRAIN WITH MUSIC

HOW TO GROW YOUR CHILD’S BRAIN WITH MUSIC

WHY IS MUSIC IMPORTANT FOR YOUR CHILD’S DEVELOPING BRAIN? Music helps your child’s brain grow as they learn how to recognize new sounds. Making music is a creative act. Playing music involves multiple senses. Playing music helps with both gross and fine motor skills. Music can be used in therapeutic ways. Playing music encourages independence. [...]

Creative Mindfulness Activities to Stop Tantrums and Improve Sleep

Creative Mindfulness Activities to Stop Tantrums and Improve Sleep

WHAT IS MINDFULNESS? In a nutshell, mindfulness is our ability to be fully present in this moment, in the "now." WHY SHOULD CHILDREN PRACTICE MINDFULNESS? There is a lot of research which shows that mindfulness can help with regulating emotions, focus and decision-making. When your child learns how to recognize and address emotions, there will be [...]

Ultimate List of Minimalist, Eco-friendly Gifts for Kids

Ultimate List of Minimalist, Eco-friendly Gifts for Kids

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the idea of gifts for the upcoming holidays (or birthdays and other celebrations), then you might want to consider going minimal. You don't have to adopt minimalism as a lifestyle, but just think about the following when buying or receiving presents: Will the gift add value or clutter to your [...]

10 Reasons Why Your Child Should Go Outside on a Rainy Day

10 Reasons Why Your Child Should Go Outside on a Rainy Day

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Screen-free Parenting

Screen-free Parenting

ZERO SCREEN TIME, 100% FUN Hi friends!  So, we don't have a TV at home and I have not been to the cinema since our daughter was born. You might find that surprising, especially since I taught film-making and animation for almost 10 years. But what puzzles people most is how we manage to raised our [...]