Teaching Young Children about Pond Life

Ponds are fascinating places. They can be small ecosystems, with all life forms supporting and dependent on each other. Young children enjoy discovering interesting things in nature, and finding a pond to explore can be the first step in developing a love for nature.

Ponds are more accessible than you may think. Hiking in the woods will often reveal puddles or other areas of still water that can certainly be classified as ponds. You may have a neighbor with a pond on his or her property, or you may have one available in your own yard. Even urban dwellers can create a pond by putting a container out to catch rain water and leaving it undisturbed for a week or more. Wind, rain, and visiting creatures will deposit some sort of life form (eggs, spores, etc.) as the water sits undisturbed.

How Cranial Osteopathy Can Ease Your Migraine Pain

Cranial osteopathy, as the name implies, involves the manipulation and flexing of the bones of the skull. However, it is not exclusive to the head. Cranial osteopathy also includes adjustment and flexing of the sacral vertebrae and the pelvis. The sacral vertebrae, or sacrum, join the spine to the pelvis.

When Dr. William Sutherland developed the theory and practice of cranial osteopathy in the late 1890s and early 1900s, he discovered that the bones of the skull do, in fact, have some flexibility and movement between them in adulthood. These joints between skull bones were usually considered flexible only in infants, when the infant skull’s softness helps in the birth process.

Reduce Water Pollution In and Around Your Home

Pollution in our waterways is a significant environmental problem. As rain water runs downward, it takes toxic chemicals with it, washing them into creeks, streams, and rivers. You can take steps to reduce this kind of pollution by becoming aware and making some changes around your home. Here are some ideas.

1. If you change your car’s oil, never dump the oil out onto the ground, bury it, or toss it into the trash. Collect it in a drum and have it recycled, or contact your local waste management authority to find out how to dispose of it in your area.

2. Wash your car with biodegradable, non-toxic cleaners and soaps which are available commercially. You can also use biodegradable, natural, liquid vegetable soap to wash your car.

The Benefits of Baby Slings

Slings offer so many benefits for mother and baby. Dad can get in on baby bonding, too, since slings work just as well for him as they do for Mom. Caretakers, babysitters, grandparents, and so forth can use a sling. Let’s look at some of the benefits of baby-wearing, or slings.

Just What Is a Sling?

A sling is a piece of cloth that is knotted or otherwise attached at either end (sometimes by a ring of plastic or wood) that fits cross-wise on a woman’s body. The baby can be placed in the back or the front, depending on the type of sling. Slings are different from the carriers that strap on to a parent’s body and look like a frontal back-pack. Cloth slings have been used by women all over the world for millennia.

The Barefoot Experience

With the arrival of warm weather, many people look forward to sandal season – but others look forward to barefoot season. It used to be customary for children especially to go barefoot in the spring and summer, but our culture has changed and now shoes are the norm. Going barefoot indoors in the winter is not unheard of, either, in this day and age of centrally heated homes. Taking off the shoes and going barefoot now and then – or regularly if possible – can have some real health benefits.

* Fewer Ingrown Toenails – Going barefoot – or “barefooting” – can decrease your chances of developing ingrown toenails. If you have had them before, going barefoot could prevent them from happening again. Without the confining pressure of shoes on the toes, nails can grow freely and correctly.