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"Look Mom, No Bus!"—Walking to School Helps Kids Stay Fit and Have Fun "Look Mom, No Bus!"—Walking to School Helps Kids Stay Fit and Have Fun
by Molly Rusk
A program called the Walking School Bus provides kids an easy way to get regular exercise while getting to know their neighborhood.
A Lesson in Tranquility ... From a Porcupine A Lesson in Tranquility ... From a Porcupine
by Shannon Hayes
A midnight run-in with a spiny interloper forced me to re-evaluate my priorities.
Meet 6 Nutrition Blogger Moms Who Crashed the McDonald's Shareholder Meeting Meet 6 Nutrition Blogger Moms Who Crashed the McDonald's Shareholder Meeting
by YES! Editors
Current trends suggest one in three kids will develop Type 2 diabetes as adults. These moms told McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson what they think about the fast food industry targeting their kids.
Will My Visually Impaired Daughter Ever Read? (And Why Does That Question Scare Me So Much?) Will My Visually Impaired Daughter Ever Read? (And Why Does That Question Scare Me So Much?)
by Shannon Hayes
I've learned not to worry about whether others approve of my life. But applying the same thinking to my daughter is a challenge.
7 Ways to Garden Like You Know What You're Doing (Even If You're Just Getting Started) 7 Ways to Garden Like You Know What You're Doing (Even If You're Just Getting Started)
by Terra Wellington
A few simple guidelines to follow when breaking out the trowel and gloves.
Will My Daughter Grow Up to Be a Farmer Like Me? Will My Daughter Grow Up to Be a Farmer Like Me?
by Shannon Hayes
I made the choice to give up a career in law and return to my family farm. Now, I wait to see if my daughter will do the same.
Unleashing Empathy: How Teachers Transform Classrooms With Emotional Learning Unleashing Empathy: How Teachers Transform Classrooms With Emotional Learning
by Lennon Flowers
The secret to learning self-awareness, cooperation, and other “social and emotional learning” skills lies in experience, not in workbooks and rote classroom exercises.
You Can’t Bounce Off the Walls If There Are No Walls: Outdoor Schools Make Kids Happier—and Smarter You Can’t Bounce Off the Walls If There Are No Walls: Outdoor Schools Make Kids Happier—and Smarter
by David Sobel
New approaches to kindergarten offer us a glimpse of what childhood used to be, and still could be—the modern re-creation of the children’s garden. If we looked to these examples, we might be able to rescue childhood.
Beyond Classic Disney: 5 Great Animated Kids' Films Without the Racial Stereotypes Beyond Classic Disney: 5 Great Animated Kids' Films Without the Racial Stereotypes
by Christopher Zumski Finke
Many of the Disney classics contain outdated images of racial and gender groups. Luckily, recent animated masterpieces provide alternatives without sacrificing anything in the way of imagination.
How a Chicago Mom Liberated a Foreclosure and Got a Home for Her Four Kids How a Chicago Mom Liberated a Foreclosure and Got a Home for Her Four Kids
by Laura Gottesdiener
Displaced by foreclosure, this family took direct action—and got a place to live.
What I Learned About Living Well In My Mother’s Puerto Rican Kitchen What I Learned About Living Well In My Mother’s Puerto Rican Kitchen
by Melinda Gonzalez
When I was growing up, the conveniences of modern life took over my mother’s kitchen, and our health declined as a result. Here’s what happened when we went back to the way our ancestors dined.
This Christmas, Try Compassion at the Dinner Table This Christmas, Try Compassion at the Dinner Table
by YES! online staff
In the spirit of the season, Reverend James Forbes shows us how compassion at the dinner table can bring people from all walks of life together—and reminds us that our work isn't done until that happens.
Less Stuff, More Heart: 5 Gifts On a New Dad’s Christmas List Less Stuff, More Heart: 5 Gifts On a New Dad’s Christmas List
by Christopher Zumski Finke
This is my first Christmas as a father. Since my baby has never known holiday commercialism, it's made me re-examine what I really want to ask for this year.
Can Football Teach Boys Compassion Instead of Aggression? Two Videos Show Us It Can. Can Football Teach Boys Compassion Instead of Aggression? Two Videos Show Us It Can.
by Ariel Chesler
Two videos making the rounds online show us what happens when boys embrace their vulnerability and support one another's emotional needs.
StoryCorps: On Black Friday, Don’t Shop For Loved Ones—Listen to Them StoryCorps: On Black Friday, Don’t Shop For Loved Ones—Listen to Them
by Natalie Lubsen
Finish out the holiday week by taking a few minutes to record the story of someone you love. We guarantee it will mean more to you than shopping.
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