1. How to Limit TV Time for Your Kids

    Setting TV Limits for ChildrenOne of the most difficult things to do as a parent is setting limits for watching television. Many children simply sit in front of the TV without regard to how much time they’re spending there. Although watching TV is common among kids, allowing too much watching is not a wise parenting move. According to The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), children over the age of 2 should watch no more than one to two hours of quality video and television per day. Children under age 2 should not watch any TV or videos. Although this may seem like an impossible task, particularly for single working parents, following these five suggestions can make it easier:

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  2. Nature Crafts: Natural Easter Egg Dyes

    Naturally Dyed Easter EggsAll of those Easter egg dye kits in the grocery stores seem convenient enough – especially considering how quickly they produce vibrant – although unnatural – hues of Easter eggs designed to make any child’s eye’s light up. After all, dying Easter eggs is a childhood rite of passage. But surely there is a way to make beautiful dyed Easter eggs without resorting to artificial coloration? If you enjoy living green and teaching your children more natural ways of enjoying the beauty of nature, consider using natural Easter egg dyes this year using all-natural ingredients.

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  3. Don’t Let Stress Ruin Kids’ Birthday Parties

    Girl Blowing Out Birthday CandlesBirthday parties for kids are supposed to be a time for fun. Unfortunately, because of expectations that are unrealistic, they are often a time for stress, both the emotional and financial kind.

  4. Setting Computer Time Limits For Kids

    Young Girl With LaptopThe computer can be a valuable educational and entertainment asset in your home – especially if you have children. However, it is important to set limits on the amount of time your kids spend on the computer starting at a young age. Without computer time limits for kids, you risk your children developing an addiction to the Internet and time-consuming computer games.

    In fact, according to a 2009 study by Pangea Media and YPulse, by the young age of 8, an astounding three out of four children say that they would rather give up the television than access to the Internet. Furthermore, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that too much time on the computer and other forms of media outlets can lead to obesity and attention disorders. So how can you limit screen time without being over-restrictive?

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  5. Nature Crafts: Natural Holiday Decorations

    Holiday Wreath of Twigs and BerriesMost households – especially those with children in them – do some type of decorating during the winter holiday season. Whether for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or simply to celebrate the natural beauty of winter, winter holiday decorations can be costly and consume a lot of natural resources. To make your holiday decorating more eco-friendly this year, consider taking advantage of some of these natural holiday decorations.

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