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Raising a Green Child

The first step to going GREEN is to have your child experience the great outdoors and appreciate the environment. Outdoor play is becoming increasingly rare among children both in the U.S., even in rural areas. Children are intimately familiar with complex virtual worlds and all their characters, yet no longer learn the names of the creatures that inhabit their back yards. This has far-reaching implications for emotional and physical development and for family life.
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Doctors Without Borders spent 11 months treating asylum seekers and refugees as well as locals. In early October, the government of the tiny island nation told them to shut down their operation.


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For Parents of Toddlers: Toddlers, as a group, give you many feelings of uncertainty and self-doubt when it comes to parenting. Spending most of the time with your toddler doesn't guarantee a good child-parent relationship, anymore than spending many hours apart if you are a parent that works full-time outside the home. When you are with your toddler just make the most of the time you spend with him instead of worrying about how much time you are spending with him.

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