Popsicles: A Summertime Favorite
Jun06

Popsicles: A Summertime Favorite

A bonus of our pop-making hobby is that our kids have learned a lot about nutrition. We talk about what ingredients we’ve chosen and why. They also love to help us “shop for pops,” and making them together is a family affair.

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“A+” Ideas for School Day Breakfasts
Aug12

“A+” Ideas for School Day Breakfasts

With just a little planning, you can ensure that your kids’ dietary needs are met with a nutritious and delicious meal that’s also quick and easy. Here are some “A+” breakfast ideas to help your school-aged kids start the day off right.

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Summer Tryst: Falling in Love with Books (and other productive things) when School is Out
Jun28

Summer Tryst: Falling in Love with Books (and other productive things) when School is Out

Getting children engaged in the summer in ways that cultivate stimulation for the mind helps them establish good habits and spend their time well learning while having fun. Here are some activities that might break up the mundanity and even encourage mental growth.

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Walking With My Children: Vegetarian Virtues in Action
Jan09

Walking With My Children: Vegetarian Virtues in Action

As we walk I can see that my children are happy. Regularly taking this walk and visiting the animals has become an important part of our lives. I walk in silence and think about some of the virtues my children are learning from the very beginning of their lives through vegetarianism: compassion, caring and kindness are a few.

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Fun and Compassionate Family Ideas for the Holidays
Dec12

Fun and Compassionate Family Ideas for the Holidays

his holiday season, take a few moments to plan fun, meaningful activities with your children. Even in the midst of holiday chaos, the Holidays can retain some of their original meaning.

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Veganize Your Storytime: Books for the Littlest Vegans and Animal-Advocates
Dec08

Veganize Your Storytime: Books for the Littlest Vegans and Animal-Advocates

Children may soon feel the dietary minority upon entering school; I didn’t want them feeling that way in our own home during storytime. I began consciously searching out books that I didn’t have to veganize, and that reinforced the values we want to share.

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Fun Halloween Activities – Vegan Halloween Tricks and Treats
Oct17

Fun Halloween Activities – Vegan Halloween Tricks and Treats

With a little planning, your child’s Halloween will be just as fun, scary, and sweet as the Halloween’s you remember.

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Nourishing Your Independent Toddler
Oct08

Nourishing Your Independent Toddler

Don’t let the table become a battleground. Here are a few ways to make meals enjoyable for the whole family and to help your child develop a healthy attitude toward food.

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The Talk
Oct08

The Talk

The next time we called my parents, my daughter proudly informed them she was vegetarian. That’s when it came: The Talk.

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The Wonderful World of Vegan Yarn!
Sep12

The Wonderful World of Vegan Yarn!

Thinking of taking up knitting or crocheting but pausing at the thought of being limited to boring cotton yarn? Fret no more! Jenn Wisebeck explores the world of luxuriously soft, chunky funky, handspun, and naturally dyed vegan yarns.

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Top Five Tips for Raising Vegan Babies and Children
Aug25

Top Five Tips for Raising Vegan Babies and Children

Vegans face a myriad of concerns as they make choices in raising a vegan child. Challenges are around every corner and include not only food but family, friends, health care, school and more. Crystal Hansen, a vegan mom of two, shares five important factors vegan parents should be prepared to face. #1  Know the appropriate health requirements: Realize that a vegan diet can meet all of your baby and child’s nutritional needs, but...

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The Vegan Way for Babies
Aug12

The Vegan Way for Babies

My son’s doctor told my wife that he is not gaining weight at a fast enough rate and that he needs to start drinking whole dairy milk as opposed to the rice milk that I was beginning to give him.

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Vegan Baby Protein Sources
Jul19

Vegan Baby Protein Sources

Can you tell me how to be sure my baby gets her 23 grams/day of protein and not be so dependent on dairy and eggs?

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Vegans Abroad! Twelve Tips for the Traveling Vegan Family
Jul07

Vegans Abroad! Twelve Tips for the Traveling Vegan Family

With some preparation, finding foods that you feel good about giving your family will be a snap. The fun and simple act of eating will likely become the channel for your family to meet new people, learn new customs and expand your world!

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Turning Children on to Vegetables
Jun27

Turning Children on to Vegetables

It is recommended that everyone consume at least 3 servings of vegetables each day. Most children eat 1-2 servings of vegetables each day. For many children these servings are not broccoli but rather French fries.

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Vegan Since Birth: Profile of a Vegan Teen
Jan16

Vegan Since Birth: Profile of a Vegan Teen

For me, being vegan always meant that I didn’t eat any foods that contained animal products. I never really understood the real power of being a vegan until very recently.

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Thanksgiving Tree
Nov16

Thanksgiving Tree

A great way to get crafty and show your gratitude for the year.

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Food Coloring – The Scary Truth
Sep27

Food Coloring – The Scary Truth

Before you indulge your children (or yourself) by purchasing those neon-colored snacks and drinks (read: blue sports drinks), you might ask yourself: Are these artificially colored foods really harmless? Our food sleuths have a few colorful words to say about the matter.

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Getting Kids to Eat Vegetables
Sep26

Getting Kids to Eat Vegetables

How can I get my daughter to eat more vegetables when she hates anything green?

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Greeting Cards
Sep03

Greeting Cards

Learn how to make a card for any occasion.

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Pinecone Bird Feeder
Sep03

Pinecone Bird Feeder

Make a tasty treat for the birds in your backyard.

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Pomanders
Sep03

Pomanders

Learn how to make pomanders to freshen up your room!

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Toy Caddy
Sep03

Toy Caddy

Create a toy caddy, a container to carry your toys in. Great for traveling.

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Salt Clay
Sep03

Salt Clay

Learn how to make a clay that you can then use to make toys for yourself, or something for mom and dad!

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Popsicle Picture Frames
Sep03

Popsicle Picture Frames

Make a cute frame or even a refrigerator magnet with popsicle sticks

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Leaf Collage Placemats
Sep03

Leaf Collage Placemats

Make a pretty placemat you can use over and over again.

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Leaf Rubbing Placemat
Sep03

Leaf Rubbing Placemat

Get back to nature with this leaf craft.

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Concocting Creative Minds: The Wonder of Potions and Other Experimental Mixtures
Sep03

Concocting Creative Minds: The Wonder of Potions and Other Experimental Mixtures

Whether fizzy, smelly, gooey, tasty, or astonishing to witness, having the opportunity to mix, combine, and play with the reaction of a variety of materials is a wonder-filled way to concoct thinking, creativity, and fun.

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When Vegetarian Families Encounter the Law
Sep02

When Vegetarian Families Encounter the Law

Peter Hromadko, a single parent, was shocked to learn that his daughter would not be coming home that evening; the state was taking her because she was being raised on a vegetarian diet.

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When Bullies Strike: An opportunity to teach your child strength and compassion
Sep02

When Bullies Strike: An opportunity to teach your child strength and compassion

Your child’s safety and freedom are both important issues. S/he has a constitutional right to a free public education, no matter what.

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What’s a Parent to Do?
Sep02

What’s a Parent to Do?

I can persuade. I can educate. I can even twist a few arms. But ultimately the choice about what they put into their bodies should be theirs.

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What If Your Kids Don’t Want to Be Vegan When They Grow Up?
Sep02

What If Your Kids Don’t Want to Be Vegan When They Grow Up?

I will admit that many vegetarian children do decide to experiment with other foods at some time. The reality is that some even give up being vegetarian at all for a time, even for life. However, there is a number who do not, who choose to maintain a vegetarian diet throughout their lives.

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Why You Want Your Kids to Play Outside
Sep02

Why You Want Your Kids to Play Outside

We humans are social animals; designed to move; built to live and love nature; to grow and mature by doing. So encourage the kids play outside, let their brains and bodies grow, and let them experience some of the greatest joys of life.

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We’re Different, and That’s OK
Sep02

We’re Different, and That’s OK

Yes, everyone has different colored eyes, different beliefs and different tastes. We all talk different, live in different places, read different books and sing different songs, and that’s ok. The world would be boring if we were all the same

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When Your Vegan Child Wants to Fit In
Sep02

When Your Vegan Child Wants to Fit In

It is up to parents and caregivers to teach children how to handle being put on the spot. Everybody likes to fit in but at the same time, we all like to feel special

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Vegans Have Birthdays Too!
Sep02

Vegans Have Birthdays Too!

People always assume that my children are denied cute cakes and tasty ice cream. They assume wrong. Vegans can and do throw awesome parties.

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Teaching Good Eating to Children – A Lesson in Vegan Food Pyramid Building
Sep01

Teaching Good Eating to Children – A Lesson in Vegan Food Pyramid Building

Teaching the basics of good eating is one of the most important steps a parent can take to prevent childhood obesity and help children understand excellent nutrition. Another important step is to live what we teach.

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The Time is Right for Getting Veggie Meals Into Schools… And here’s how YOU can do it!
Sep01

The Time is Right for Getting Veggie Meals Into Schools… And here’s how YOU can do it!

Lifelong eating patterns are established in childhood. Thus, getting vegetarian meals into schools will do more than satisfy the very important goal of providing a warm vegan or vegetarian lunch to your children and their friends.

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The Search for Autism’s Missing Piece
Sep01

The Search for Autism’s Missing Piece

Early preventative steps – and early precautions – maybe parents’ only defense against the likelihood of autism. It seems the wait for any definitive answers is going to be long.

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Teach Your Babysitter About Vegan Life
Sep01

Teach Your Babysitter About Vegan Life

Investing time and energy into teaching your caregiver about vegan life will give you peace of mind. More important, however, is welcoming warmly into your lives the person who will be caring for the most cherished members of your family.

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The Talk
Sep01

The Talk

If you’re like me, you have children and you have parents. If, like me, one set eats animals and the other doesn’t, you, too, may have experienced “The Talk.”

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The Creation of Best Academy – Vegan Child Care at its Best!
Aug31

The Creation of Best Academy – Vegan Child Care at its Best!

When it comes to Best is that we want to keep our tuition low so all children can attend, and still offer the best programs, such as the vegetarian food program, to better their lives. Not only affluent families should be able to send their children to a center of the highest quality.

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Such the Dilemma
Aug31

Such the Dilemma

VegNews recently threw out the question, “Should kids have the freedom to choose whether or not they eat meat?”

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Should Vegan Children Have Non-Vegan Friends?
Aug31

Should Vegan Children Have Non-Vegan Friends?

There is a great likelihood that your children will meet non vegan kids they want to hang out with. But this doesn’t have to be an eating catastrophe. Kindness, patience, and respect go a long way. You’ll be amazed at the impact you can have just by being nice.

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Riley’s Top Ten Vegan Treats
Aug31

Riley’s Top Ten Vegan Treats

All of these sweets are really good. And they are good to animals, too. All you have to do is ask whichever one of your parents is the King or Queen of Sweets to buy them for you.

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Search for Vegan Fast Food
Aug31

Search for Vegan Fast Food

I don’t normally take my children to fast food restaurants, preferring to provide them with healthy meals I can make at home. However, it is important for my children to know what foods are available for them at all restaurants in the event that they ever eat out without me.

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School (and Work!) Lunch Ideas
Aug31

School (and Work!) Lunch Ideas

Tired of the same lunch day after day? Here are some fresh ideas to liven up your next midday meal.

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Swimming Safety Tips
Aug31

Swimming Safety Tips

Drowning is one of the leading causes of death among children ages one to four, in part because it can happen so quickly. It only takes a few seconds for a child to drown, and small children can drown in just a few inches of water in a bathtub, a toilet or a bucket

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Supporting the Vegan Diet Choice for Kids
Aug30

Supporting the Vegan Diet Choice for Kids

The shocking revelation about my diet always led to the same comments and disgusted grimaces, “How can you eat that junk?” When I mentioned my vegan children, things got downright nasty. Accusations about poor nutrition flew and some conversations even ended with people walking off in a huff.

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Raising Kids the Green Way
Aug30

Raising Kids the Green Way

Children being raised on vegan diets won’t feel any different from non-vegan kids. The trick is to include substitutes for popular kiddie treats so vegan children won’t feel out of place with their non-vegan peers.

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Raising Kids to be Vegan for Life
Aug30

Raising Kids to be Vegan for Life

How can I make being a vegan as sacred for him as it is for me? How do show him the meaning of veganism without scaring him or scarring him? The answers that I’ve found lie in taking baby steps.

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Positive Protesting with Children
Aug30

Positive Protesting with Children

No matter which camp you’re in, if you’re a parent or guardian, at some point you probably asked yourself, “Should I take the kids?” It’s worth questioning the impact of street protests on children, since such events can involve both a learning experience in self-expression. Should children really tag along?

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Playing With Food
Aug30

Playing With Food

Cooking teaches children the spirit of cooperation, a little bit of math, and a smidgen of chemistry; but best of all, it teaches them to appreciate the effort and artistry that goes into the preparation of food.

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Opossums, and Squirrels, and Children – Oh My!
Aug30

Opossums, and Squirrels, and Children – Oh My!

When I have commented that I have opossums living with me, people usually say what disgusting animals they are. Opossums are the garbage men of nature. We need them to clean up the dead things. They are good for the environment.

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One Scoop or Two?
Aug30

One Scoop or Two?

If a cone was dripping in the scorching sun, I was quick to lick it up for them. But, then, my daughter announced that she could no longer support modern dairy farming practices or the torturing of chickens.

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Obento: The Japanese Art of Box Lunches
Aug30

Obento: The Japanese Art of Box Lunches

Obento, or boxed meal, is an art form in Japan. Japanese mothers spend an enormous amount of time and energy constructing the perfect obento—balancing taste, color, and texture.

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Mommy, Why Don’t We Eat Meat?
Aug30

Mommy, Why Don’t We Eat Meat?

Essentially, each parent must develop their own way of explaining veganism to their kids, placing the importance on what you say as well as how you say it.

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Make Mine Vegetarian Friendly, Please! Ideas for Vegetizing Your Neighborhood
Aug29

Make Mine Vegetarian Friendly, Please! Ideas for Vegetizing Your Neighborhood

With some commitment, effort, and time, our communities can become more vegetarian-friendly. All it takes is a plan, a support network, speaking out, and a little education.

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Is Homeschooling Right For You?
Aug29

Is Homeschooling Right For You?

Why are more and more people choosing homeschooling for their kids? There are many pros, a few subjective cons, and a plethora of myths and misconceptions.

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Instilling Compassion in Children
Aug29

Instilling Compassion in Children

By raising our children to not take the lives of animals for granted, even in the casual sense, will inspire in them a deeper respect and love for our fellow earth-mates.

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Innocence Lost: Explaining veganism to my daughter
Aug29

Innocence Lost: Explaining veganism to my daughter

I knew that someday soon I would have a talk with her and gently explain to her what pork, veal, and beef were. But for now I just couldn’t do it. I didn’t have the heart to tell an innocent child, someone who sheds tears over dead insects, that her beloved animal friends were potential meals.

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Is Your Child a Mini-Yogi?
Aug29

Is Your Child a Mini-Yogi?

Many parents are taking note of yoga’s benefits and the positive effect it can have on kids, helping them to alleviate stress in addition to improving their attitudes about body image. Yoga has become a constructive outlet for kids of all ages, allowing them to release stress and tension in a controlled yet fun environment.

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Make Mine Pepperoni
Aug29

Make Mine Pepperoni

Horror of horrors! Gasp with a capital G! Where is a well meaning vegetarian parent to turn for aid and assistance in this, the most trying of trying times?

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When Good Kids Go Vegetarian
Aug29

When Good Kids Go Vegetarian

Why are we so taken aback when our teenage son announces his plan to go vegetarian? And why are we shocked into further disbelief when he decides to deepen his commitment by eliminating eggs and dairy? I know why.

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Vegan at Sixteen
Aug29

Vegan at Sixteen

My friends don’t fully understand all my reasoning for becoming vegan. Sometimes it can be difficult…

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The Worthwhile Trek
Aug29

The Worthwhile Trek

What is one to do, when grandma is insulted you won’t try her gravy, and uncle teases you for caring for four-legged beings?

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The Life and Times of a Vegan Teen
Aug29

The Life and Times of a Vegan Teen

From scrutinizing every product label to navigating tense social gatherings; life can best be defined as a struggle for the vegan. To be teenage and vegan is a particularly volatile mix.

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Parenting Teens – Turning From Boss to Consultant
Aug29

Parenting Teens – Turning From Boss to Consultant

As difficult as it may seem, the parenting style has to shift from being the boss to being a consultant. Now, no one is saying here that there aren’t any rules, but they are more flexible and more subject to negotiation.

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Homeschooling and the Vegan Family
Aug29

Homeschooling and the Vegan Family

Maybe it’s that we’re already open to “alternative” lifestyles, or that we see it as an extension of our natural living. Or maybe those other families realize that allowing our children to learn at home gives us the opportunity to instill strong vegetarian values without the conflict inherent in public school curriculum assignments related to nutrition, health, animals, and the environment.

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Help Wanted: Veggie Teens in Need of Support
Aug29

Help Wanted: Veggie Teens in Need of Support

One of my favorite things about the vegetarian community is the unusual generosity and compassion that permeates from within. Extending this to the disenfranchised veggie teen and their parents could very well make the difference.

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How to Be a Vegan Teenager
Aug29

How to Be a Vegan Teenager

Unlike being a vegetarian, veganism is not a diet. It’s a lifestyle. But for those of us teens who are at the place where they feel these changes are necessary in your life, this article is for you!

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Encouraging Your Teenage Vegan

by Tammie Ortlieb I was vegan for three months. Religiously, I loaded my plate with leafy greens, deep reds, soy this, soy that, and a sprinkling of nuts and berries any mother would be proud of. I experimented with egg substitutes, dairy alternatives, and even a sampling of foods I couldn’t pronounce. I was beaming from my newfound accomplishment and noticeably healthier. It was the drive-thru that did me in. Four kids in...

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College Vegetarianism 101
Aug29

College Vegetarianism 101

Being vegetarian in college is not always easy, but despite the obstacles that may arise, it is still very possible to stay true to you dietary convictions while living on your own at school.

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Helping Vegan Children Enjoy Non-Vegan Parties
Aug29

Helping Vegan Children Enjoy Non-Vegan Parties

Nothing puts us in the spotlight as parents like making a decision that is not only unpopular with your child but also with others who are watching. Here are a few ideas for things you can do make sure your child’s party experience is enjoyable, before you even head out the door

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Happy Feet: Children’s Footwear Takes an Eco-Turn
Aug29

Happy Feet: Children’s Footwear Takes an Eco-Turn

Companies with a green perspective are looking to balance what’s most important in a child’s shoe—durability and flexibility—with materials and methods that are better for the planet.

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Happy (Vegan) Easter
Aug29

Happy (Vegan) Easter

Easter has become your standard commercial holiday, but like all holidays, there is no reason why it can’t be good vegan fun for your children.

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How Does Your Garden Grow?
Aug29

How Does Your Garden Grow?

I eagerly checked my beauties the very next morning, expecting, of course, that they would be huge and flowering and giving all sorts of indication of future use in salads, side dishes, and organic sustenance. They were not any of these things. They were the same, the same as when I had laid them into the earth. So, I did what any good gardener would do.

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Give Your Children 5-A-Day: The Art Of Disguising Vegetables
Aug29

Give Your Children 5-A-Day: The Art Of Disguising Vegetables

Encouraging your child to swap high-fat and sugary snacks for fruit and vegetables can save you money in the long run and greatly benefit their health.

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Growing up Green: Exploring Veganism with Your Child
Aug28

Growing up Green: Exploring Veganism with Your Child

Vegetarianism can be a rewarding, healthful way to eat. Discover with your child new foods, experiment with recipes, and search out others you know who follow a plant based diet. Make a game out of finding as many veggie options as possible on menus at local restaurants. Let the kids help with the grocery list. Grow your own vegetables or stop off at farmers’ markets.

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Flaxseeds and Flaxseed Oil…Practical Pointers
Aug28

Flaxseeds and Flaxseed Oil…Practical Pointers

Flaxseeds have the highest alpha-linolenic acid content of any food – 57% of the oil in flax is alpha-linoleic acid (omega-3). They contain about 3½ times as much omega-3 fatty acids as omega-6 fatty acids.

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Flaxseed Oil: Putting it to Good Use
Aug28

Flaxseed Oil: Putting it to Good Use

Flaxseed oil is a hot topic these days. Yet if you’ve gone so far as to buy it, you may still be wondering what to do with it. Some people enjoy its buttery, nutty taste, but to me and others, it has an unpleasant, just-tolerable taste. If the oil is languishing in your fridge, the following suggestions may help you put it to use.

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Family in Transition: Making the switch to a vegan diet
Aug28

Family in Transition: Making the switch to a vegan diet

What can you expect from boys who have eaten meat all their life, suddenly told that their parents have decided that they will never eat animal products again? Where do you draw the line between teaching a valuable lesson and allowing them some of the carefree aspects of childhood?

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Failing Our Children: The National School Lunch Program Report Card
Aug28

Failing Our Children: The National School Lunch Program Report Card

Kids need more fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains and fewer greasy hamburgers, chicken nuggets, and French fries. Learning how to eat right is a lesson that will benefit them for life.

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Finding a Nanny: “Mannies”: Hollywood Trend Becoming More Acceptable In Family Setting
Aug28

Finding a Nanny: “Mannies”: Hollywood Trend Becoming More Acceptable In Family Setting

Whether it be playing catch with the little ones when dad’s still at work, acting as a big brother to older siblings who feel they are too old to have a babysitter or just having an extra pair of hands to handle some heavy lifting around the house, parents are looking to mannies as the ideal solution to keep kids focused, active and more involved when parents can’t be there themselves.

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Ensuring Nutrition in Young Vegan Children
Aug28

Ensuring Nutrition in Young Vegan Children

The good news for vegan parents is that the vegan diet passes this test with flying colours. Vegan children usually eat more fruits and vegetables than their meat-eating counterparts. They are rarely sick and have few food allergies.

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Does Cafeteria Food Make the Grade?
Aug28

Does Cafeteria Food Make the Grade?

With menu options such as ham and cheese melt, chicken nuggets, fried chicken, cheeseburgers, and cheese sandwich and soup, a parent can be hard pressed to find a vegan friendly main course on the typical Sodexho lunch line.

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Desexualizing Your Six-Year-Old: Five Ways to Protect Your Daughter from Growing Up Too Fast
Aug28

Desexualizing Your Six-Year-Old: Five Ways to Protect Your Daughter from Growing Up Too Fast

Every generation of mothers has sought ways to keep their daughters young; however, today the influences are coming not only from the physical world of toys and television, but from the online world as well.

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What’s So Terrible About Being Two?
Aug28

What’s So Terrible About Being Two?

To many, parenting at this stage appears easy and there is no way of appreciating just what lies ahead.

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Create a Positive Vegan Environment for Your Family
Aug28

Create a Positive Vegan Environment for Your Family

Accept that there are situations you cannot change and go on with your life in as positive and joyful a way as you can. Your children, family, friends, acquaintances, co-workers, and others will notice, and your environment will change – if only from your own perspective.

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Weight Gain in Vegetarian Toddlers
Aug28

Weight Gain in Vegetarian Toddlers

Vegan and vegetarian toddlers are just as susceptible to weight gain as other children. By choosing foods carefully and taking their nutritional needs into consideration as well as being mindful of the foods they should limit, you can prevent your little one from having such weight issues.

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Compassionate Conflict Resolution with Non-Vegan Caregivers
Aug28

Compassionate Conflict Resolution with Non-Vegan Caregivers

When you talk to others about vegetarianism, your son or daughter will learn about problems. When you treat others with compassion, your son or daughter will learn about solutions.

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Vegetarian to Vegan: 101 Reasons Not to Feed Dairy Products (or Milk Formula) to Your Children
Aug28

Vegetarian to Vegan: 101 Reasons Not to Feed Dairy Products (or Milk Formula) to Your Children

Dr. Linda Folden Palmer shares her list of reasons why you should remove dairy from your child’s diet.

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Vegan Toddler Food Guide
Aug28

Vegan Toddler Food Guide

Include a wide variety of foods in the diet of your vegan toddler. By selecting foods according to this guide, you can be sure your little vegan dynamo is well nourished!

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Breastmilk Toxins: How serious is it? 
Aug28

Breastmilk Toxins: How serious is it? 

Researchers have found that those of us living in developed countries carry around quite a toxic burden in our bodies from the constant exposure to various chemicals. Is this is being passed along to breastfed babies?

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The Battle to Ban Toxic Toys
Aug28

The Battle to Ban Toxic Toys

With more and more evidence of the potential harful effects of some chemicals used in making toys, lawmakers and advocacy groups are fighting to make toys safe from harmful chemicals.

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Child-ercise: 10 Ways Moms Can Exercise
Aug28

Child-ercise: 10 Ways Moms Can Exercise

There are many ways to not only slim down and feel more alive, but also show our children that health is a priority.

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Cool School Lunches
Aug28

Cool School Lunches

It is only natural for your child’s eyes to wander and notice, and be envious of, what the other kids are eating. Here are a few tips that may help your child’s lunch be healthy, fun and get noticed by the other kids.

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Bully For You
Aug28

Bully For You

Activism, it seems, is a practice that encourages vigorous action in support of some controversial subject. To bully, on the other hand, is to browbeat or treat abusively.

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Bring the Kidz!
Aug27

Bring the Kidz!

As young as possible, children should be taken to a farm, to a food co-op, to a neighbor’s garden. They should be shown how supper began.

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Banishing the Bully in Your Child’s Life
Aug27

Banishing the Bully in Your Child’s Life

Your child’s future shouldn’t include the aftermath of years of bullying. When necessary, take your concerns to the highest authority and put a stop to bullying in your child’s school and community.

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Are Vaccines Really Safe and Effective?
Aug27

Are Vaccines Really Safe and Effective?

One of the most serious adverse effects of vaccines is that they cause the very diseases they’re meant to prevent.

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A Vegetarian Daycare? How One Mom Made It Happen
Aug27

A Vegetarian Daycare? How One Mom Made It Happen

Yang has found her experience as a daycare provider both rewarding and tiring. Yet as a single mother Yang is grateful that she’s been able to provide for her and her daughter as well as positively influencing the lives of other children and their families.

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Vegetarian to Vegan: 101 Reasons Not to Feed Dairy Products (or Milk Formula) to Your Children
Aug27

Vegetarian to Vegan: 101 Reasons Not to Feed Dairy Products (or Milk Formula) to Your Children

Children who are not fed dairy products enjoy: Far less colic. Far less osteoporosis. Reduced childhood cancer. Drastically reduced chance of developing Type I Diabetes. Drastically reduced chance of developing Type II Diabetes

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Starting Solids
Aug27

Starting Solids

Fortunately, it’s not as difficult as you may think. A lot of it is just relying on your own motherly intuition about when your baby is ready for solid food. Here are a few guidelines to help you get started.

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The Baby Book
Aug27

The Baby Book

Just the wealth of information this book offers makes it a must have on your parenting book shelf.

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Positive Protesting with Children 
Aug27

Positive Protesting with Children 

Clearly, we can educate our children without purposefully exposing them to potentially violent situations. If you choose to bring your children to a protest, consider these important factors.

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Organic Cotton for Baby – Is it Really Healthier?
Aug27

Organic Cotton for Baby – Is it Really Healthier?

We know that purchasing organic crib sheets, mattresses and baby clothes is better for the environment-but does it really make any difference in terms of the baby’s health?

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One Mother at a Time
Aug27

One Mother at a Time

After the birth of our third child, my life changed. I discovered the amazing benefits of babywearing.

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Nanny Shares and Vegan Living
Aug27

Nanny Shares and Vegan Living

Finding good childcare is always a daunting task, and it’s doubly so when your child has a special diet. Nanny-sharing may be just the solution you need!

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Natural Baby, Toxic World
Aug27

Natural Baby, Toxic World

For eco-conscious parents, life is full of choices. It’s not enough to worry how chemicals will affect one’s child; how will all those products designed for bringing up baby exact a toll on the environment?

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My World of Babywearing
Aug27

My World of Babywearing

I have two philosophies about the different carriers: one: I wish I had found out about them sooner and two: I’m glad I didn’t or I would have spent a lot of money on all the wonderful types that are available!

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Mama’s Own: How To Make Your Own Vegan Baby Products
Aug27

Mama’s Own: How To Make Your Own Vegan Baby Products

As parents, making our own baby products on the basis of all natural ingredients not only saves us money, but also ensures that our babies’ delicate immune systems and developing bodies are not unduly taxed by toxic and allergenic ingredients.

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Introducing Solids: Feeding vegan babies
Aug27

Introducing Solids: Feeding vegan babies

Some moms want to delay solids as long as possible, but solid food will help provide your baby with nutrients and energy, and she’ll begin to develop a taste for solid foods. Encourage that.

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Is Cloth Diapering Right For You?
Aug27

Is Cloth Diapering Right For You?

Many parents don’t realize that making baby food at home is a simple and economical plan to provide your baby with the best in quality, nutrition and taste. Let us show you how!

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Helping Daycare Centers Care For Your Vegan Child: One Mother’s Story

The daycare was very traditional and had no clue what a vegan was. The furthest knowledge they had in the area were the children that were lactose intolerant and had to drink “special” soymilk instead of cow’s milk.

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Flaxseed Oil: Putting it to Good Use
Aug27

Flaxseed Oil: Putting it to Good Use

Yes, babies, toddlers and children need good quality oils in their diets. Here’s a rundown of what they need and how to make sure they get it.

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From Bashful to Brazen: The Indiscreet Breastfeeder’s Manifesto
Aug25

From Bashful to Brazen: The Indiscreet Breastfeeder’s Manifesto

“I’m trying to keep him covered,” I replied meekly. “That’s why I’m wearing this dress, but he won’t let me cover his face.” “Well, honey,” she replied. “You’re making a spectacle of yourself. Nursing is wonderful, isn’t it? Next time, you remember to bring a tea towel.”

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Formula or Breastmilk?
Aug25

Formula or Breastmilk?

Researchers have found that infants fed with human breast milk have lower rates of hospital admissions, ear infections, diarrhea, rashes and allergies than bottle-fed babies.

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Five Reasons to Wear Your Baby!
Aug25

Five Reasons to Wear Your Baby!

Why wouldn’t you want to hold your baby? Babies smell good. They’re cute and funny. They are only this little once – and it goes by so fast. Once it’s gone , it’s gone – so don’t waste it!

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Dealing with Dairy Allergies

Whether you are faced with the challenge of nursing a dairy allergic child or if you are ready to go dairy-free, you need not feel deprived.

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Breastfeeding Your Vegan Baby

Most of you probably know how important it is to breastfeed your baby, but it’s even more important when you’re vegan.

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Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy

Essential differences between formula and breast milk mean that the benefits of breastfeeding extend into toddler-hood and exist as long as breastfeeding continues.

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Baby Food on a Budget

Homemade baby food will cost less than $100, saving your family up to a whopping $500 or more! And before you say” but who has the time”, read this articles to see how easy it can be.

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Aromatherapy for Babies

There are several safe essential oils that can provide relief for baby ailments such as restlessness, colic, or insomnia.

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Are Vaccines Really Safe and Effective?

One of the most serious adverse effects of vaccines is that they cause the very diseases they’re meant to prevent.

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A Born Free Baby

by Mary Eileen Finch “I’d love to have more children, but babies are just too expensive!” a friend of mine recently said. I hear this often and I always smile and bite my tongue. My eight-year-old daughter however, is not so restrained. She replied, “Well, our babies are free!”  She’s right of course; we’ve learned that having a baby doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, just...

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10 Things You Don’t Need When You Have A Baby

Save yourself the space and cash. Here is a list of 10 things you absolutely do not need in order to have a baby. There are many others, but this should get you started.

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Organic Cloth Diapers: Go Green – Green Diapers, That Is

Here’s a look at what’s new in the organic cloth diapering world.

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Humane Alternatives to Dissection
Aug25

Humane Alternatives to Dissection

Thanks to the technology era, there are now many alternatives to dissection that teachers can use in their biology and science classes that don’t require the use of real animals. These teaching aids are available in the form of CD-ROMs, software, models, videos, and anatomy charts. Following is a list of companies that offer humane alternatives to dissection. See if your teacher or school will order from these companies in lieu...

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Innocence Lost: Explaining Veganism to My Child
Aug23

Innocence Lost: Explaining Veganism to My Child

I didn’t have the heart to tell an innocent child, someone who sheds tears over dead insects, that her beloved animal friends were potential meals.

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Herbs for Moms & Kids

By Dr. Mary Bove, N.D. Many moms come to my practice asking which herbs are safe for pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, and if herbal medicine is safe to use for their kids. With the media focusing primarily on the dangers of using herbs, it’s no wonder that women question the safety of botanical medicine for their families. Although fear makes for a better news story, the truth is that many plants have been used safely (longer...

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