IN DEPTH 8 BROTHERS & SISTERS How to strengthen and nurture the sibling bond
12 LIVING WITHOUT TV One family experience life outside the box
16 THE ENCHANTED
GARDEN 10 ways to bring magic into outdoor play FAMILY LIFE 11 SUNDAY SELECTION Reclaim family Sundays
15 SPIRITUAL PARENTING Natalie Fee shares her thoughts on being present
20 MODERN DAD Adharanand Finn discovers friendship in an unlikely spot on Dartmoor
98 THE GOOD LIFE Janet Ross delves into the murky depths to create a wildlife pond LEARNING 33 EDUCATION NEWS Emotional games
34 NATURAL LEARNING Gill Kilner home educates around the kitchen table
37 ON THE BOOKSHELF Great green reads for both adults and children SEASONAL FOOD 39 ON YOUR PLATE Foraging and tried and tested elderflower drinks
40 CAMP COOKING Great recipes for families to try over a camp fire HOUSE & GARDEN 43 AT HOME Build your own home and how to look after your fruit trees
44 SECRET LIFE OF
PLANTS Susun Weed reveals fertility boosting properties of red clover
45 ON THE PLOT What is happening down on the allotment?
WELLBEING 47 HEALTH NEWS Support teen health
21 WOODLAND SPECIAL 22 LIFE IN THE WOODS We meet the community at Steward Woodland in Devon and find out why they choose to live a low-impact life with their children. 24 CLASSROOM WITHOUT WALLS Exploring the rich benefits of outdoor learning for children and discovering all that the woods have to teach us. 28 WILDERNESS CLUB Hetti Dysch runs a weekly club for older children and believes that it’s important for our children to be able to go back to nature. 31 WILD PLACES From wild Welsh countryside to the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, discover our reader’s favourite places to go wild with their families. 33 MAKE YOUR OWN Follow the simple step-bystep instructions to make a whole feet of boats using a range of items salvaged from the recycling bin.
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In this special section we look at what woods can provide for our families. We explore some of the best wild places in Britain, meet those who live amongst the trees and discover all the myriad benefits of a forest school setting for our children and the future of our planet. Then you can take it further, with one of the family bushcraft events this summer. 22Living in the Woods We meet the Steward Wood community in Devon and find out why they live a low-impact life.
24Classroom Without Walls
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28Wilderness Club Hetti Dysch runs a weekly club for older children to help them
31Wild Places From wild Welsh countryside to the
Forest of Dean, discover readers’
favourite family places to go wild.
33Make Your Own Follow simple instructions to make your own fleet of boats using items rescued from the recycling bin.
TheGreenParent 21 MEET OUR READERS This issue we have five wonderful readers try out natural products and tell us about their favourite places to go wild with their families.
83 GREEN LIVING PAGES This issue our green living pages are stuffed full of ideas and inspiration. Find out how to soothe nappy rash, our favourite recycled clothes and the best organic lip balm. Also inside are competitions to win a tipi holiday, organic children’s quilts and more.
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KAREN JEFFERY, 37, lives in Bristol with her husband and their home schooled indigo twins Luke and Louise, 8. Describe yourself: Crazy, loving perfectionist! Favourite read/film: Twilight Saga Best place in the world: Our bed on a Sunday morning Memorable experience:
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The day I first saw my angels’ faces and when my mother passed away; it shook my world but made me stronger Hobbies: Walking and crystal healing Edible treat: Home made apple crumble.
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What’s inside? 84 learning outdoor playthings and organic first toys 86 health and beauty mineral makeupandlipbalms tested 88 eco living children’s quilts to give awayandnatureholidays
94 real nappieswaterproof sheets andhowtosoothe rashes 96 fashion fabulous recycled clothing
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KIMBERLEY KAYLEY, 30, lives in Lancashire with her husband Paul and their eight month old baby boy, Caleb. Describe yourself: Messy, creative, veggie Favourite film: Almost Famous Best place: In Maui in Hawaii where Paul and I honeymooned Most memorable experience:
Giving birth to my son Hobbies: Crochet, cooking, growing veggies, needle felting, reading Pets: A naughty cat called Jasper Favourite edible treat: Any of my Nan’s homemade puds!
PIXIE KINSELLA, 43, lives in Cornwall. She has two sons aged 21 and 12. Describe yourself: Optimistic, energetic and sensitive Favourite read/film: Siddhartha by Hermanne Hesse and Braveheart Best place in world: Malawi, Africa Most memorable experience: Watching my boys spend time together is an ongoing favourite Hobbies: Medieval dance, costume making, gardening, drumming Pets: 12week-old kitten called Mad Molly Edible treat: Raw chocolate.
52 TO VACCINATE OR NOT Rachelle Strauss explores
74 ON THE BARGE Jo Macdonald heads vaccinations and how to create natural immunity
59 TRIED AND TESTED Our readers try out a range of natural toothpastes
60 CELEBRATE TOUCH We all need touch - ways to encourage tactile relationships in your family BUMPS & BIRTH 64 SACRED SANCTUARY Cher Sievey shares how their favourite slings and baby (and toddler) wearing GREEN TRAVEL 73 WHERE TO GO Walking with children and organic breaks for the waterways with her in laws and the dog ETHICAL FASHION 79 WHAT’S NEW The best ethical t-shirts and upcycling Dad’s shirt
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