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How to Raise a Civic-Minded Child

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I know, the title of this post may be bringing horrible flashbacks to the dreaded eighth grade civics class.  Trust me, I try to block those days out of my mind as well.  But, as a mother who now analyses every way that I can secure my child's comfort and safety, civics has taken on new meaning.  After all, I as a mother can only do so much to improve the life of my child.  I can work to provide food, shelter, and clothing for her (and other material items that she needs). I can love her and provide her emotional support.  But, when it comes to ensuring that the society she grows up in fosters the same nurturing environment that I do in the confines of our home, I have little control.  I have to place my faith in the community around us to instill similar values into my child that I support in our home. 

And I believe that my children should play a role in the society that they live in.  That is why I think it is so important to teach Bean the values of community from a young ag…

Hiking With Baby--Why You Should Do It and Tips For How

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I found out I was pregnant a week before my husband and I set off on our first destination hiking trip.  We had hiked several small local trails before, but this trip—to Colorado—was supposed to be our first escapade into some more difficult trails.  The newly discovered pregnancy didn’t derail the trip.  We made it to Colorado and we completed most of the hikes we had planned.  But, the pregnancy did change the way I felt about hiking.  Every time we came across a particularly beautiful view, I felt like I was sharing it with my unborn child.  Each picturesque scene created an image for me of what this world could offer my beautiful baby.  It was inspiring.

For a few moments on our first hike I do remember wondering when we would have a chance to hike again.  The idea crossed my mind that this newly found hobby might once again be abandoned for other, child-friendly, activities.  Thankfully, that idea was quashed a few moments later when down the mountain came a particularly agile f…

Fun Seasonal Transitions for Kids

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I'll admit it.  I'm a sucker for the season changes.  Every season brings a whole new list of foods, smells, activities, and scenery.  This is especially true if you live in the Northeast United States where the climate treats its inhabitants to four distinctive seasons.    My absolute favorite of the season changes is from summer to fall.  You get a break from the sometimes oppressive summer heat, but can still look forward to relatively mild weather for outdoor activities.  The weather is typically nice enough for the occasional iced coffee (my favorite drink of summer).  The scenery changes from the beautiful green and colorful flowers to the reds and oranges of the fall tress.  Its wonderful.  

The only negative thing about the season change is that it is time to say goodbye to some quintessential summer activities that Bean really enjoys.  No more swimming in her inflatable pool, or running through the sprinklers.  It's ok really.  I know there will be a ton of great f…