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Exploring the Great Outdoors with your Children By Karen Campbell McGinn

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by Karen Campbell McGinn

Children are natural explorers. They use all their senses when they’re involved in searching for buried treasure, unusual rocks and creepy critters. They look, listen and touch to determine what is happening around them. They smell the fresh scents of nature, touch what they can reach and taste when given permission. They can climb, dig, run and jump as they discover new places.

Helping Sibling Rivarly By Kerry Alison Wekelo

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by Kerry Alison Wekelo

Raising mindful, loving, and kind children is a parent’s wish. A day in the life of parents is one of selflessness in which our kids come first. We strive to be patient as they bicker, fight, question our requests, and negotiate chores. Parenthood is much harder than I ever imagined even being a spiritual and mostly grounded individual.

5 Things You Didn't Know about Little Golden Books By Karen Campbell McGinn

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by Karen Campbell McGinn

Over the past 75 years, millions of children have grown up reading Little Golden Books, a vibrantly colored children’s book series that featured intrepid locomotives, slow moving puppies, and other adorable characters. This year, Little Golden Books will celebrate its 75 birthday! In honor of this historic occasion, here are some little known facts about this beloved franchise with their golden spines.

Middle of the Night Date By Jennifer Eckfield

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by Jennifer Eckfield

Last weekend my son Jack asked if I would go to Starbucks early Saturday (1 of 2 of the only "sleep in" days for us) morning to have breakfast, peruse through Google, pick out toys and games, and make his list for Santa. Everyday since, he has reminded me of our date. I won't lie, I was thrilled and excited for our time together. It was so important to him, but it was doubly important to me! It's not often your son asks you out on a date. 

Keeping up with Change By Jennifer Eckfield

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by Jennifer Eckfield

So yesterday I had the pleasure of listening to a presentation about aligning your finances with your values. It was all about investing your money to make money, but where we invest is also dictated by our beliefs, social responsibilities, and moral compass. It got me thinking, financial advisors are tailoring investments for their clients based on these things, shouldn't business owners be tailoring their marketing and promotional strategies as well?

Don't Forget to Breathe By Kerry Alison Wekelo

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by Kerry Alison Wekelo

Before you read any further, pause and notice how you are breathing.

Are you taking little sips of air, or do you fill your lungs up with deep breaths? Are your chest and belly tight or relaxed? Are you breathing fast or slow... or barely at all? You might be surprised to find that your breathing was tight or you were actually holding your breath.

7 Tips for Raising Kind, Compassionate, and Mindful Kids By Kerry Alison Wekelo

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by Kerry Alison Wekelo

Both of my kids know by now that I expect them to get perfect marks on their school report cards. Well, at least on one particular section, that is: the “Life, Work, and Citizenship Skills” section. This wonderful section is all about their behavior, the actions they take in relation to themselves and others. For example, categories include: 1.) Takes responsibility for actions 2.) Demonstrates active listening skills 3.) Resolves conflict effectively 4.) Is a respectful and contributing participant in school and 5.) Demonstrates self-control.

Let The Children Play - Why Our Kids Need to Engage with Nature By Kerry Alison Wekelo

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by Kerry Alison Wekelo

I grew up on a farm along the river in the Shenandoah Valley, where I spent countless hours in nature walking the vast fields, often making mud pies and daydreaming. One of my fondest memories is of a foal’s birth across the fence in our front yard. I recall the gentle hustle to reunite the damp, shaky foal with her mother. We didn’t want to interrupt this precious moment, yet we wanted to ensure that baby and mother peacefully found their way back together.