Tag Archives: Childhood obesity

Family Earth/ Arbor Day Celebration at Wagbo Farm, Apr 27th

Sunday, April 27th 1pm to 3pm Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center in East Jordan. FREE & family-friendly. A special day for showing our Mother Earth some love! We’ll be honoring the day with a tree planting, wooly crafts to make-and-take, fun games and activities and visiting the farm animals. For more information contact theContinue Reading

New Study Shows that Parents Worldwide Agree: Our Kids Need More Nature!

By Sarita Bhargava on April 10, 2014 As a parent, worrying about our kids is part of our everyday – it goes hand in hand with parenthood. My worry list gets long, but my top two are their health and their happiness, and I bet it’s the same for you.  When it comes to yourContinue Reading

I’m Done Making My Kid’s Childhood Magical

By Bunmi Laditan, Huff Post Parents, March 31, 2014 If our grandmothers and great-grandmothers could see the pressure modern mothers put on themselves, they’d think we were insane.  Since when does being a good mom mean you spend your days creating elaborate crafts for your children, making sure their rooms are decked-out Pottery Barn IkeaContinue Reading

The Overprotected Kid by Hanna Rosin, Apr 2014

A trio of boys tramps along the length of a wooden fence, back and forth, shouting like carnival barkers. “The Land! It opens in half an hour.” Down a path and across a grassy square, 5-year-old Dylan can hear them through the window of his nana’s front room. He tries to figure out what half anContinue Reading

Stressed Out in America: 5 Reasons to Let Your Kids Play

By Katie Hurley, Huffington Post, Feb 28, 2014 It’s no big secret that children are currently on the fast track to success.  What kind of success they might find at the end of this high-pressure race remains to be seen, but they are being pushed to succeed everywhere they turn. Children, it seems, are losingContinue Reading

The Snow Day book activities

Use this classic to find some winter fun. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats Peter puts on his snowsuit and heads outside for some fun in the snow.  Follow along on his chilly adventure — an award-winning favorite! ACTIVITY:  Head outside and find out what you can use to make tracks, trails or otherContinue Reading

Nature Clubs for Families Tool Kit

Sign up online for your free kit!  Nature Clubs for Families Tool Kit: Do It Yourself! Do It Now! provides inspiration, information, tips and resources for those who are—or who might be—interested in creating a Nature Club for Families.  Do It Yourself Tools and Resources for families and caregivers on starting your own Nature ClubContinue Reading

Does outdoor play make kids smarter?

Shana Negin, left, of Oakland, high-fives her daughter Seneca Johnson, 1, as they play with her other daughter Talia Johnson, 3, center, at Montclair Park in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Experts are finding that outdoor play provides a wealth of cognitive benefits for children, from planning and organization to improving the symptomsContinue Reading

The emergence of nature phobias: Why more people are afraid of the outdoors

By Chris Kilham Published February 05, 2014 FoxNews.com With a majority of Earth’s human inhabitants living in urban and suburban areas, a phenomenon is occurring that has never previously existed: An increasing number of people are afraid of nature. This is striking, considering that we are natural beings, we have co-evolved with all other naturalContinue Reading

Snowfest 2014 at Birchwood

 February 22, 2014      12:00 PM – 3:00 PM       www.outfitterharborsprings.com Snowfest 2014 will be co-hosted by Birchwood Farms Golf and Country Club and The Outfitter of Harbor Springs on Saturday, February 22 from 12:00-3:00pm. A free, fun family event open to the public! Come cross-country skiing or snowshoeing on Birchwood’s groomed trails. Enjoy a bonfire, hotContinue Reading