6 Nurturing Tips for New Dads: Cherish Your Partner

6 Nurturing Tips for New Dads: Cherish Your Partner

There’s a saying that goes something like: “If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!” I used to think it was just a funny saying, until we had kids, and now I have seen the truth behind it. When a woman is pregnant and her body is working overtime, she’ll love it if you take theRead more:

Woodworking Projects for Kids: Free Online Resources

Woodworking Projects for Kids: Free Online Resources

Woodworking projects for kids: woodworking with your children teaches basic skills for planning, measuring, and the use of basic carpentry tools. Kids love to make things. My daughter is always asking me “Papa, what can we make? Let’s do a project together.” And woodworking is our usual mode for making things. Messing about with woodRead more:

Inspirational teacher uses urban farming in the classroom to grow a brighter future

Inspirational teacher uses urban farming in the classroom to grow a brighter future

When you combine education, job training and entrepreneurial skills, food production, and community enhancement, and throw in a little food activism and awareness of the health/diet connection, great things can happen, as educator and inspirational community activist Stephen Ritz has shown. It’s one thing to take kids from average middle class backgrounds, living in suburbia,Read more:

5 Tips for Social Entrepreneurs

5 Tips for Social Entrepreneurs

Being independent of geographic location or an employer allows you more freedom to pursue lifestyles like the one I live at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in rural northeastern Missouri. Environmental sustainability depends on economic sustainability. Becoming a social entrepreneur is a way to marry your values with your independence. I love being a social entrepreneur andRead more:

100 push-up variations will ensure you’ll never get bored with them

100 push-up variations will ensure you’ll never get bored with them

I’m a fan of bodyweight exercises, because they’re effective, accessible, and usually don’t cost a penny to get set up for. And while there may be more exciting choices for workout options at your local gym, you can’t beat the convenience of exercises that can be done with just your own bodyweight and a littleRead more:

Buying Your Teen a Car: Is It Always a Good Idea?

Buying Your Teen a Car: Is It Always a Good Idea?

I can speak as somewhat of an authority on this subject because I have experienced the consequences of handing out cars with both positive and negative results. I have thus far supplied two children with vehicles which resulted in very different outcomes. My oldest child is a girl and has always been of a practicalRead more:

Natural Ways to Help Your Child Focus

Natural Ways to Help Your Child Focus

Approximately 20 percent of ADHD cases in the United States are misdiagnosed, which leads to many kids being medicated when they do not need it. One reason for these children being misdiagnosed is the age difference within school classes. Children who are in the same grade can be born 364 days apart, so the youngerRead more:

Got anger? Get help.

Got anger? Get help.

“People often have to feel, acknowledge, and come to terms with their anger before they can arrive at genuine forgiveness or compassion.” ~ John Wellwood, Embodying Your Realization Why do our children make us angry? Why do we react to their anger with our own? Why can’t we reliably respond with loving kindness, teaching ourRead more:

My interview for Mint.com

My interview for Mint.com

I was recently asked to participate in an interview for Mint.com’s personal finance series, which might be of interest to some of my readers here: For Derek Markham, going green extends beyond recycling a few cans or turning down the thermostat in the winter. He and his family have incorporated natural living into all facetsRead more:

Green Dad’s Guide to Pipes and Pumps

Green Dad’s Guide to Pipes and Pumps

Pouring chemicals down the drain should be avoided at all costs, as the majority of household cleaning supplies are extremely toxic. Not only can these cleaners harm the person who is handling them, but they also do damage to the environment. The majority of drain openers contain sodium hydroxide. While this chemical is effective atRead more:

Six Ways to Save Energy and Money When Building, Buying or Renovating a Home

Six Ways to Save Energy and Money When Building, Buying or Renovating a Home

As the economy and real estate market continue to improve, Americans are once again purchasing or building new properties and/or renovating their existing homes. This is the ideal time to pay attention to a home’s energy efficiency and make energy saving changes where possible. Not only can consumers save electricity and natural gas, they canRead more:

What Do You Want?  6 Steps to Manifest Your Dreams

What Do You Want? 6 Steps to Manifest Your Dreams

Do you ever just slog through the day doing the tasks you know you have to do, meeting your responsibilities, but not having fun? Does it seem like fun is something you had before you had kids? You used to be able to take the time to enjoy life, but not anymore. Or maybe itRead more:

Loophole Allows Companies to Declare Food Additives Safe without FDA Oversight

Loophole Allows Companies to Declare Food Additives Safe without FDA Oversight

Because of a loophole in a 1958 law that exempts from FDA approval ingredients in foods that are “Generally Recognized as Safe” (GRAS), hundreds, and possibly thousands, of potentially unsafe food additives are included in common food products and sold without any FDA oversight. The Food Additives Amendment of 1958, which was intended to restoreRead more: