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A Baby Doll for Every Child

I remember the feeling of giving my little one a sweet doll of his own. My baby has his own baby! He was just starting to say “baby” and became very interested in reading about infants and pointing them out when we were around other families. Every child benefits from having a baby doll not […]

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The Art of Observation

One crucial part of finding our way to becoming happy and joyful parents is the practice of being present with our children. It requires a kind of mindfulness that can be extremely challenging given the realities of modern parenthood. How many times do you find yourself thinking about the next thing you need to do […]

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Champions of Wonder: Rachel Carson

“I sincerely believe that for the child, and for the parent seeking to guide him, it is not half so important to know as to feel. If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must […]

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Seeking Wonder: Seaside Books

Much of our outside time this summer has been spent by hopping in the car and heading in the direction of the ocean. The seashore has been an exciting place to explore new species of wildlife, seaweed, shells, driftwood, and all kinds of new pebbles. We often go in the morning when low tide means […]

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Seaside Visits

Spending time outside is essential part of a childhood filled with wonder. Time in nature, whatever plot of it you have available to you, can make any day an adventure. There is always something new to see and to notice how something might have changed. The weather and seasons make even the regular spots new […]

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How We Parent Matters

Every parent is trying their best. We can all approach our parenting with an attitude of grace. When we know better, we do better. When many of us become parents, we are jolted from the dreamy state of anticipating our little one’s arrival to the reality of postpartum, newborn life. Both a joyful and exhausting […]