Jane Sheppard

Watch out for Toxic Crib Mattress Alternatives

Are Crib Mattress Alternatives any Better?

Have you heard the Consumer Product Safety Commission has banned more phthalates? That’s a good thing, since phthalates are hormone disruptors and developmental toxins. They can harm reproductive and brain development and have been linked to obesity and asthma. Phthalates are a definite risk to babies. You certainly don’t want phthalates in your crib mattress! …

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Naturepedic Reviews: Direct From The Source

To provide a thorough Naturepedic review, there’s nothing better than going directly to the source!   Our Tour of the Naturepedic Organic Mattress Factory Gaye Abbott and I recently had the wonderful pleasure of touring the Naturepedic organic mattress factory in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. We were enormously impressed! The first thing that struck us was …

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Optimize Child's Gut Flora

Optimize Your Child’s Gut Flora

(Excerpt from How to Boost Your Child’s Immune System: What you need to know to strengthen your child’s health and prevent illness) Optimizing your children’s gut flora is not that difficult, once you know what to avoid and how to replenish and maintain beneficial microbes. How to Replenish and Maintain Healthy Gut Flora: It’s important …

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Are Physical Imbalances Affecting Your Child’s Brain and Behavior?

Underlying physiological imbalances are commonly overlooked causes of children’s behavioral problems. These imbalances can sometimes be complex and difficult to detect and can certainly affect your child’s brain and behavior – in both subtle and serious ways. If your child is experiencing attention deficit, anxiety, angry outbursts, aggression, depression, or serious behavior issues, take heart – your child …

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Natural Allergy Medicine for Kids

  Spring is a wonderful time of year with warm days, budding trees and blooming flowers. It’s also the time when tree, grass, and weed pollens fill the air. It can be challenging if you or your children have allergies. An allergy is an over-reaction of the immune system that results in inflammation and the release of …

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Are You Concerned about Your Kids’ Behavior?

Understand the Causes of Your Kids’ Behavior We’ve all been there… …the times when we’ve wished we could change our kids’ behavior! the morning struggles before school and work when you’re pressed for time. meltdowns at grocery stores while everyone is watching with disapproving eyes. bedtime overwhelm when everyone is exhausted. Would you love to free …

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authoritative parenting vs permissive parenting

Authoritative Parenting or Permissive Parenting: Is there a better way?

  What’s the Best Way? Authoritative Parenting or Permissive Parenting? Let’s look into each form of parenting and determine what works best for lasting respect and cooperation from your kids. Authoritative Parenting This seems to be the most common way to parent – using punishment or rewards to get kids to behave. Many of us grew …

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How to Create a Strong Parental Bond and Connection with Your Kids

  You can create a strong parental bond and connection with your kids by being present to their emotional needs, validating their thoughts and ideas, and joining their never-ending desire to have fun and explore the world. What does it really mean to be present with your kids? Being present is placing your undivided attention …

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What is the Motivation Behind Your Child’s Behavior?

If you can understand your child’s motivation and reason behind their behavior, you can take the right steps to change the situation. Your child’s negative behavior can be a message to you that some important emotional need is not being met, and/or a limiting belief is present Both kids and adults have basic emotional needs. …

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