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June/July 2024

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Number 119

‘IT’S A WAY OF LIFE!’

Reclaim your energy • Rainbow Mama • Reframing ADHD

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Field of Dreams YOUR Family Festival Guide for Summer 2024 + ticket givaways!

Adventure Awaits 7 best nature camps for teens

REAL LIFE STORIES We house-sit our way around the world

Fantastic

Beasts The surprising benefits of keeping a pet

“She looks like me!” How to create an inclusive bookshelf

Raising Healthy

Eaters Ensure your kids don't become picky

CRAFT IT Make your own wildflower bookmarks

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The Art of Birth - Painting birth stories for new mothers

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INSPIRE 5 WELCOME Work/life balance 6 OUR WRITERS Meet the people behind the stories in this issue 7 MORE GREEN PARENT Get respectful parenting inspiration every single day 11 JOURNAL Meet your neighbours, take a nature challenge and discover the best beaches 13 MEETING THE TREES Mischievous things to do in the forest 15 REAL LIFE STORIES Full-time house sitters who travel the world plus home education as a childminder

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79 FAMILY Ages & Stages 17 BABY

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How phones impact our relationships and plastic free babycare 18 THE ART OF BIRTH An artist who paints birth stories for new mothers 23 A LETTER TO MY MIDWIFE The story of a successful VBAC 25 TODDLER Prep yourself for a summer break and first art supplies 26 ASK THE EXPERT How to raise kids who aren’t picky eaters 29 THE POSITIVE SHELF How to create an inclusive book selection 30 CHILD Reset before bed and best books for Pride 31 MEET THE AUTHOR Reframing ADHD in a positive way 33 THE BOOK NOOK Our readers review the latest books plus bookshop of the month 38 KEEPSAKE MAMA How to make your own wildflower book marks 40 WORLD SCHOOLING 5 benefits of a camper van trip this summer 42 ZERO COERCION POLICY An unschool that embraces self-directed learning 44 TEEN The balance between peers and parents plus outdoor expedition 45 THE JOY OF ADVENTURE Seven of the best nature camps for teenagers 49 GENERATION GAIN How kids benefit from learning about grandparents

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