Kids

The Minimalist Family

Trading Clutter for Calm by Meredith Montgomery When Denaye Barahona, of New York City, became a parent, she felt compelled to buy everything for her son. “We are inundated as a culture with so many products for our kids that it’s hard to differentiate what we need; it really wears us down,” she says. While working on her Ph.D. in ... Read More »

Fatherhood’s Pain and Glory

We Must Face Our Own Story First by Chris Bruno I have worked in the corporate world, served as a missionary in the Middle East during 9/11 and the Iraq War, been assaulted with a knife, launched a small business and a nonprofit and suffered deep loss at the early deaths of dear friends, but nothing has terrified or paralyzed ... Read More »

Gardening for Kids

The Fun of Growing Their Own by Ronica A. O’Hara It’s May, and the temperature is rising, as is the sap and green shoots. It’s the perfect time to involve kids in growing their own garden that will get them outdoors, teach them planning and perseverance, and develop their motor, literacy and scientific skills. A South Korean study found that ... Read More »

Nature Play at Home Book Launch Event

NoVA Outside will hold a book launch of Nature Play at Home: Creating Outdoor Spaces that Connect Children with the Natural World from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. on April 7, at the historic Blenheim, in Fairfax, Virginia. The event will include a networking reception, book talk and signing. The author, Nancy Striniste, serves in a leadership role for NoVA Outside, ... Read More »

Loving Nature

Outdoor Adventures for Kids by Ronica A. O’Hara Getting kids off the couch and into the great outdoors can be a challenge when they tend to be better acquainted with the popular Angry Birds video game characters than with the real warbling ones. Unfortunately, studies show that digital devices, parental work overload and media-stoked fears of the outside world are ... Read More »

Air Care for Kids

Keeping the Homefront Allergy-Free by Avery Mack An allergy is a dramatic overreaction of the immune system to environmental agents that are harmless to most people. Antibodies fight allergens with the release of histamines, and a runny nose, red eyes, sneezing, coughing, rash or hives can be the tangible result. Common around age 10, allergies often fade later in life, ... Read More »

Healing From Genetically Altered Foods

Another Reason to Go Organic by Marlaina Donato Twenty-five years ago, the first genetically modified (GM) crop came to market in the form of a tomato engineered for a longer shelf life. Today, as much as 80 percent of food in the U.S.  contains GMOs (as they are best known) and most of the world’s genetically engineered crops are treated ... Read More »

Soothing Anxious Kids

Natural Remedies Restore Calm by Marlaina Donato Kids and teens have always had plenty to be stressed about, such as family finances, parental bickering, the birth of a sibling and other challenges on the home front. Then there are the age-old tensions of taking school exams and squabbles with friends and other classmates. Yet with the proliferation of social media ... Read More »

Homeopathic Alternative Approaches to ADHD: A Free Webinar

Many parents feel helpless when their child receives a diagnosis of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and are not sure how best to move forward in the best interests of their child. They may have noticed that their child is struggling to make and keep friends or finding it difficult to focus on schoolwork. Likewise, a child already on medication for ... Read More »

Never Too Old to Relieve Childhood Trauma with Hypnosis

by Michelle DeStefano People are at the most “hypnotic” state up to the age of seven. Why? Because there is no critical barrier of thought to process the information coming in. This is why, for example, that if told there is a Santa Claus, children believe it. The trauma children suffer can manifest into adulthood issues such as fears, low ... Read More »