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Sarah Daly, Fiona Doubleday, Mary English, Sandra Geere, Bella Griffin, Maeve Hosea, Gareth Lewis, Imogen Makepeace, Jo Middleton, Marina Robb, Allie Rodgers, James Russell, Annie Spencer, Rosalyn Spencer, Marina Velez, Amy Warburton, Anna White

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UK: £17.50/YEAR (6 ISSUES) EUROPE: £25/YEAR REST OF WORLD: £35/YEAR contents October/November 2006 issue 13 22

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Main features 8The New Colour An exploration of Indigo Children with Mary English 12Teenage Kicks How rites of passage can benefit our adolescents 16Halloween Amy Warburton concocts some magickal treats for families

Bumps birth and beyond 41Birth corner What to do when you feel blue during pregnancy 42Talk to the hand Babysigning and how it can bring you closer to your baby 46Breastfeeding Ten reasons to breastfeed for the health of your child

Family Life 15Off-shore news Bella Griffin posts from the heart of Mongolia 19Sunday Selection Reclaim relaxing family Sundays 48Understanding the cycle of life Lucy Corkhill encourages talking to children about death 52Dia de los muertos An ancient Mexican fiesta unearthed by James Russell 82Parent Coach Lorenza Clifford inspires and motivates home workers 98The best: Family board games

Learning 21Education Special All you wanted to know about green education 22Natural learning What the great outdoors has to offer our children 24Home is where the heart is Families who home educate share their stories 27Let’s get busy Educational activities for all ages 28Green Education Gareth Lewis extols the virtues of pure mathematics

29Back to School Eco-equipment for the green student

30Flexible friends How yoga helps children to learn

33Human Scale Education How one mother set up her own small school

37An holistic approach Alternative ways to tackle bullying

Health and Beauty 57Your child’s health Ask our naturopath about school phobia

58Your health Superfood of the month and gorgeous beauty goodies

59Holistic Health How exercise benefits pregnant women

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Food and drink 61What’s in season? Seasonal fare and cider tasting

62Fungi Foray Wild mushroom recipes

Bookmark 54Great Little Reads Our favourite bedtime stories

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55Adult Bookshelf The latest big reads

House and garden 65Gardening by the moon How the lunar cycle affects your plants

66Square root Sandra Geere shares her knowledge of Square Foot Gardening

68Secret life of plants The therapeutic benefits of chamomile

69Ethical money Entrepreneur and mum, Kelly Raines shares her story

Green Travel 70Volunteering The diary of Marina Velez in Nepal with her young daughter

Ethical Fashion 74Threads for kids Some of our favourite new designs

75Green is glamorous Maeve Hosea meets gorgeous green fashion designers

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Regulars 3 Welcome 6 Our mailbag 7 Out and about: what’s happening in October 79 Horoscopes 81 How to subscribe

Competitions 58 Win wheatgrass products 81 Organic beauty products for every new subscriber 86 Win a children’s bike 88 Win gorgeous glass jewellery 88 Win funky t-shirts for babies 90 Fantastic real nappy offer 90 Win a complete set of babysigning books 96 Win organic lavender oil

Marketplace NEW ethical living section with everything in it. From organic box schemes to alternative schools Take a look at what’s inside on page 83.

Green Kids The free children’s eco magazine inside is packed with activities and games to keep small hands busy.

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