Tag - parenting

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Celebrate the MOMents
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Kid Friendly Fruit Snack Recipe
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Advice & Tips for Single Parents
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9 Things You Need To Know About Naps
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Organic Beyond Food: Back to School
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Naturepedic Awarded the EMA Healthy Family Seal
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Potty Training Tips & How to Protect Your Mattress
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My Daughter, The Life Saver
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Here’s the Plan: An Interview with weeSpring’s Allyson Downey
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Bedtime Boot Camp For Tired Parents

Celebrate the MOMents

Being a mom is filled with so many little moments that people may not even notice. Moms are there for lunches, boo-boos, and bedtime, but what about those tiny things that make everything run like a well-oiled machine? We’re bringing them out to the open and reminding everyone that moms are behind the scenes rockstars at this whole parenting thing. Mom Means Being Magic – “When I was a kid, we had a tin box that held Saltines. That box was always full of crackers – it never empties. For the longest time, I thought it was a magic box. Then I went to the store with my mom and she bought Saltines. I asked her why, since the metal cracker box is always full. She smiled and said, ‘That’s because I always buy more.’ That’s being a mom.” Sarah S. – “When I was about five years old, I was obsessed with a pair of purple shorts with daisies[…]

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Kid Friendly Fruit Snack Recipe

This year we’re welcoming guest blogger, Renee from Raising Generation Nourished to the Naturepedic blog. Renee has a passion to see the next generation of kids growing up knowing where their food is coming from and how food affects their bodies. We reached out to Renee to put together some yummy kid friendly snack ideas that are sure to be a crowd and tummy pleaser. Stay tuned for lots of nourishing recipes from Renee on the Naturepedic blog in 2017! First up, a kid friendly strawberry fruit snack recipe. Strawberries and daylight! My favorite signs of spring! Spring has yet to decide if it is going to stay snowy or perk up a bit around where I live, but I can tell spring is around the corner when I’m seeing more sunshine, and strawberries from warmer climates arriving at the store. The snow clouded ceiling of winter is on its way out, and with the extra sunshine, my kids are[…]

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Advice & Tips for Single Parents

March 21 is National Single Parent Day, a day to celebrate the hard work of parents raising kids on their own! We interviewed some single parent members of the Naturepedic community about their advice for other single parents. From meal planning to self care, we hope you’ll find at least one tip that reminds you that you are doing enough, even if you’re on your own. Find a Support System You may not have family or your co-parent close to you, so it’s important to find a supportive network that has your back. This is especially important if you’re newly single and feeling lonely in your new paradigm. “Find your tribe. It’s important to find who you are without the other person and find people who appreciate and embrace that person.” – Lydia R. “[My single father] wasn’t afraid to ask friends for help to watch me.” -Rachel C. “Trade ‘night off’ babysitting with another mom once a month, or[…]

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9 Things You Need To Know About Naps

Naps. Us parents love them. It’s our chance to have a little breather during the day, to recharge our batteries and get ready for the next round. And for the little ones, naps are essential. Babies and young children need to get enough sleep in a 24 hour period for many reasons- to aid physical and mental development, to boost brain power, and to aid in rejuvenation and growth. So in honor of this much needed daily occurrence, here are 9 things you need to know about naps. 1. Naps are not just for babies and children. Yes, we’ve all been given that gem of advice to sleep when the baby sleeps- and we all know that in reality that just isn’t going to happen often. But consider this. A sixty-minute nap can improve your alertness for up to ten hours. That’s ten whole hours more that you can keep going, on just one hour’s nap. An hour’s sleep will[…]

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Organic Beyond Food: Back to School

It’s back to school season and you’re probably hitting the sales to equip your kids with everything on their supply lists. Keeping things organic may not have even crossed your mind, but there are organic and eco-friendly solutions for school supply shopping too! We’re highlighting Earth-friendly brands and products that your kids (and you) will love. Backpacks and Lunch Bags Organic backpacks and bookbags are available if you know where to look! Just like in mattresses and clothing, textile products like backpacks can contain harsh pesticides, vinyl, phthalates, lead, and other questionable chemicals. When your child uses a product every day, it’s a savvy decision to find a non-toxic solution without those potential hazards. For little ones, we love EcoGear’s Ecozoo Organic Backpack, available in four cute animal designs: Panda, Pig, Elephant, and Puppy. Made from organic cotton with recycled plastic and sustainable wood components, it’s perfect for preschool or early school aged children. We also like the Rawganique organic[…]

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Naturepedic Awarded the EMA Healthy Family Seal

The entertainment industry, from music to movies to original programming delivered on cable, network and new media platforms, holds influence on how people view their world. Understanding how media shapes opinions, in 1989 entertainment executive Alan Horn and wife Cindy, along with iconic writer and producer Norman Lear (yes, that Norman Lear of All in the Family, The Jeffersons, One Day At A Time, and more) and wife Lyn founded the Environmental Media Association (EMA). The EMA leverages the considerable power of the entertainment industry to affect environmental change. This change is not just within the industry through the encouragement of more responsible production methods, but also with the general public by using celebrity power to educate and inform. The EMA even works with writers and directors to help integrate responsible environmental messaging into movies and television. As part of the EMA’s ongoing dedication to promote a healthier planet with healthier people, the organization launched the EMA Healthy Family Seal.[…]

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Potty Training Tips & How to Protect Your Mattress

June is Potty Training Awareness Month and there is no lack of conventional wisdom on the internet about the best tips and tricks to train your little one fast. But the truth is that sometimes kids just aren’t ready yet! We asked our community to share some of their favorite tips and stories about potty training to help you find a solution for your own potty woes. Anticipate a night and day difference. Naturepedic’s own Hilary T. starts us out with her experience. “My son was potty trained during the day almost two full years before he was night trained. I learned that night training is completely different than day training, and I didn’t stress when his body just wasn’t ready.” Each child is different. Community member Lura B. potty trained five kids who all responded differently! After a mix of self-training, rewards, and the naked (no diaper) method, she says, “If something works for one child it doesn’t mean[…]

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My Daughter, The Life Saver

She’s not even 3 years old, but she’s already a hero. Although she may not be aware that she’s saving daddy’s life, she is doing it nonetheless. Over the years, I have found ways to become increasingly stressed about everything. Always having something to do, thinking ahead and worrying about what’s to come, getting mad at minute details, etc. I’m Guilty. Yes, with a capital “G”! My wife always gives the best support a husband could ask for over the years, and she keeps me from going berserk….usually. Now, thanks to our daughter, she has reinforcements. I shared about the long journey of having our daughter and how stress was a major factor in the issues we faced. It sucked, I was miserable, and so was everyone around me. I never considered that stressing so much could be such a powerful and dangerous force, but now I have learned it can be deadly. This is beyond scary! Something that many[…]

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Here’s the Plan: An Interview with weeSpring’s Allyson Downey

Allyson Downey’s weeSpring is the online version of that proverbial village it takes to raise a child. Countless moms- and dads-to-be use the website to curate advice and reviews from parents who have been there before. Driven by the desire for no woman to go it alone, Allyson is launching a book to help new moms navigate the interwoven paths of career advancement and motherhood. Naturepedic is proud to sponsor the book tour for “Here’s the Plan: Your Practical, Tactical Guide to Advancing Your Career During Pregnancy and Parenthood.” We caught up with Allyson to ask her some questions about her upcoming book, and ten lucky readers will receive a free copy! Read the giveaway details after the Q&A. 1. What inspired you to write “Here’s the Plan”? When I was pregnant with my first child, I found myself completely sidelined at work–and I was the last person I would have ever expected to experience that. I was tough, I[…]

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Bedtime Boot Camp For Tired Parents

Feeling sleep deprived? Whether you’re adjusting to a new baby or fighting off sleep regression with a toddler, trying to parent in a sleep deprived state can make things feel even worse. That’s why helping your baby into good sleep habits is important for the whole troop. There is a huge amount of advice out there for new parents with regards to baby sleep, but chances are you’re too tired to wade through it all right now. To make it easy, we’ve partnered with sleep expert Rebecca Michi to bring you five simple tips to help your baby on their way to a good night’s sleep. We’re ready to tackle National Sleep Awareness Week. Bring it on! 1. Location, location, location. When your baby naps during the day, let them do so in their crib, bassinet, or wherever you’d like them to be sleeping at night. This helps your baby associate their bed with sleep and give them a better[…]

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