Small child with red rakes sitting by vegetable garden

I'm sharing my experience of starting a small vegetable garden with my children. It's not only an educational and fun activity, but also a great way to spend quality time together.

I've always believed that nature plays a vital role in our lives, especially for our children. In a world where everything is readily available at the store, it's easy for kids to lose touch with where their food comes from. That's why I decided to start a small vegetable garden in our backyard. It was a simple idea, but one that promised to be a great way to connect with my children and teach them valuable lessons about nature and responsibility.

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Child swinging on a swing.

As a parent, I know how challenging it can be to see our children experience strong emotions. It's especially tough when these emotions are ones we perceive as negative - anger, fear, jealousy, envy, sadness, resentment. These emotions can trigger our own emotional reactions, leaving us feeling lost about the best way to respond.

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Children playing in the water on the lake shore

Raising happy children isn't about short-term gratification, but about nurturing skills for lifelong happiness. This text proposes ten ways to raise happy kids, including encouraging outdoor play, limiting screen time, promoting gratitude, setting reasonable expectations, teaching self-control, assigning chores, having family meals, avoiding overindulgence, exercising together, and helping others.

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Girl showing a portrait drawing made with crayons
Children often struggle to articulate their feelings verbally. Their vocabulary is still expanding and they might not have the words for the complex emotions they experience. Drawing offers a form of communication that transcends language limitations. It allows them to express their inner world, their dreams, their fears, and their joys in a way that is uniquely their own.
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A father hugs his daughter on a park bench and they laugh together.
Quality family time is not about the number of hours we spend with our children. It's about the connection we make during those hours. It's about the laughter that fills the room as we play a board game together. It's about the warmth that floods our hearts as we share a meal together. It's about the peace that descends upon us as we sit together, reading a story or discussing their day at school.

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