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HOW TO EMPOWER YOUR CHILDREN TO SAVE THE WORLD

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If you think your children are not hearing and paying attention to all the stories of doom and gloom for the planet, think again.

Those little minds are like sponges and take in all the information around them. And it scares them.

More than that, those stories can potentially rob your children of motivation, future planning, hope and joy. They can even lead to depression, particularly during the troubled teen years.

The good news is you can counteract the negativity that stems from doomsday stories and empower your children to save the world.

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HOW TO USE NATURE TO MAKE KIDS THRIVE 

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While technology is speeding ahead at breakneck speed, the human race is going backwards in some respects.

Think about it. The open spaces and natural foods and hobbies our ancestors enjoyed have been replaced with solid walls, preservative filled foods and hobbies that often include sitting in front of some kind of screen.

Sure, our lives are more comfortable. We are living longer and I daresay with less physical pain than our ancestors endured.

However, the incidence of mental health problems such as depression is skyrocketing, as are physical health issues such as obesity. And many of us are out of touch with the world that hosts us.

The very need to write an article about reconnecting kids with nature shows just how far we have slumped.

It’s not all bad news, though.

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HOW TO HELP YOUR KIDS KEEP SELF LOVE ALIVE

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There are so many articles on self-love at the moment and it strikes me this is not a new skill to be learned, but more like a forgotten art.

Consider babies and children – their absolute fascination with their bodies, even the things their bodies produce, shows a lack of the disgust we adults often feel for ourselves.

We look in the mirror and listen to the outburst of our inner bully telling us we are too old, too fat, too thin, too whatever.

A child looks in the mirror and smiles and laughs in delight.

 

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We were once those smiling children, delighted to see our own reflections.

How did we lose the art of self-love?

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SAVE WITH 8 AWESOME KID ART TO GREAT GIFTS PROJECTS

DON’T LET KIDS’ ART CLUTTER YOUR HOME AND HEAD, TRANSFORM IT INTO WONDERFUL GIFTS AND SAVE MONEY THIS CHRISTMAS

Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – transforming children’s art.

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My budding artists

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They made all this in less than 30 minutes

Do you have some budding little artists in your life? Do you feel like you’re drowning in their artwork?

Once kids get started they can produce art at an alarmingly fast rate. Before you know it you have literally hundreds of pages of paintings and drawings.

Once they hit preschool and start bringing more home, you could be looking for a larger house just to accommodate all the art.

I once resorted to wallpapering a door to use up butterfly paintings my sons did when they were young.

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Laundry door butterfly painting wallpaper

If you’re a little sentimental you may find it hard to throw these masterpieces away but with these clever ideas, you don’t have to.

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