A Happy Resolution

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Between well intentioned family, friends, social and main stream media it seems everyone is making resolutions to ring in the New Year. By mid-January you may be rocking your goals and feeling great, or giving in to habits or behaviors you set out to change. As a parent my goals stay pretty consistent from one year to the next. I want my children to be happy. Specific goals may vary based on the year, the larger goal remains the same.  So, how does one raise happy children? According to Christine Carter, Ph.D, executive director of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good..

Feeding the Birds

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Benefits the birds and your family Winter is the season birds most heavily rely on feeders to supplement their natural diets. Over a hundred species of birds will visit feeders in winter when food is scarce. Some species will also use them to refuel during spring and fall migrations, and some will use them while nesting in the summer. Feeding the birds is a wonderful way to help connect your family to nature and create an awareness and understanding of your backyard habitat. Most children enjoy watching nature shows on television, they can be equally mesmerized watching a busy..

How to Make the Most of Winter Break

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For some families the anticipation of a 2 week winter break is just as exciting for the grownups as it is the kids. Other parents may feel overwhelmed by the prospect of children being home. In either case it is important to plan ahead. Here are few tips to help your family make the most of the break. *Disclaimer: if you are headed out for a week of skiing or a warm beach, please disregard this adviceJ Make a “To Do” List. Make your list before the break begins so that you don’t waste the first few days getting..

The Four Gift Rule: Navigating Holiday Spending and Gifting

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The four gift rule is not a new concept, it has been around for years and is a way to relieve some of the stress and spending around the holiday season. During yoga class and throughout the Montessori curriculum students learn about practicing moderation, to be content, and what it means to be generous. As tempting as it is to go over the top with gifting to our children at the holidays, parents need to also be mindful about the lessons we are teaching our children and the environment we are creating at home. Too many gifts can ultimately..

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