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Green and Low Cost Holiday Gifts for Kids
With an eye on the economy as well as the environment, parents are approaching the holidays with a wary and worried eye. Ideas on how to find the right balance of teaching our kids about fiscal and environmental responsibility, without turning the whole season into a great big humbug!

Kids and Charitable Giving
Teaching children to give through charitable donation can help us pass on our values about philanthropy and about money to our children. Here's what we do for the holiday season to help our daughter make it truly the "season of giving." Includes statistics, tips and my favorite resources.

Lessons from the MotrinMoms Ads
My thoughts on the controversial Motrin Mom-alogue ad on babywearing, and the even more surprising (and successful) social media and email campaign by the angry moms who got the ad pulled by Motrin complete with an apology on their homepage.

Melody Harp -- Child Gift Idea
The Melody Harp is an absolutely fantastic gift for a young child who wants to instantly create recognizable music in the home. Great for children from about age 4-5 or up.

Holistic Moms Network
Holistic Moms Network (HMN) is a parenting support and friendship group for families interested in exploring topics of conscious parenting, holistic health and green living. I am a member of this group, and founded my local chapter in 2007. Learn more and see if HMN might be for you too.

Book Swapping for Parents and Kids
Book swapping online is a great, environmentally conscious way to build your library of parenting books or children's books.

Halloween Tips -- Dealing with Candy
What should a healthy-minded parent do about all the candy at Halloween. Here's some tips to avoid a sugar-induced-coma and still allow your kids to have fun. Also, a few ideas for what to pass out when trick-or-treaters ring your doorbell.

Halloween Tips -- Trick-or-Treating
Should you let your kids treak-or-treat on Halloween? With traditional door-to-door knocking and increasing numbers alternative community events all out there for your kids, here are some tips to make trick-or-treating enjoyable and scream-free (the tantrum kind, that is) this Halloween.

Child Car Seat and Booster Safety
Some parents can't wait to get their kids out of car seats and boosters, and others are buying new seats that hold kids up to 80 pounds. What's a parent to do? Here's my thoughts on car seat and booster safety.

Easy Diaper Changes for Toddlers
Diaper changes can be a major source of struggle between toddlers and parents. Involving your toddler in their diapering can be a great strategy -- here's some ideas to make diaper changes easier and build your relationship and their independence at the same time.

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