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Baby Wearing

By Meredith Flory “Babywearing”, the activity of carrying a child with the assistance of a fabric carrier, has historically been used in many cultures, and many indigenous populations have culturally specific ways to wear their children.  However, it is only recently becoming popular again in the United States, and you may have noticed more and more people forgoing strollers and carrying their children in wraps or backpack-like carriers. Erin Ritter is an artist and mother of two, including a daughter that she “wrapped every day for the first two years of her life”.  While Ritter no longer lives in Augusta,...

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Between A Rock & A Happy Place

By Layla Khoury-Hanold “It’s a thing,” Allissa Bates enthuses. She’s talking about Augusta  Rocks, a 17,000-member strong Facebook group that she founded when she moved here from Tacoma, Washington, where she ran a similar group with over 36,000 members. The premise is simple: paint rocks, coat them with sealant and hide them for others to find. But it is also a movement with a deeper purpose and meaning. Part of the appeal is that painting rocks is a fun and family-friendly arts and crafts activity. Though Bates has always considered herself an artist (she credits her dad for passing on...

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Go. Play. See. Georgia State Parks

By Layla Khoury-Hanold   If you think your options for outdoor summer fun are limited to day camps or beach trips, think again—think Georgia State Parks. With dozens of state parks to visit, there’s loads of family-fun activities practically in your own back yard. You can hike and climb thousands of feet in elevation, mountain bike on more than 68 miles of terrain, paddle through 24 miles of scenic waterways or go glamping in a yurt (more on that later!). And with Georgia State Parks’ clubs program, you and your family will have a built-in adventure to look forward to...

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Adventures In Agriculture: Gardening with Kids

By Layla Khoury-Hanold With the sun shining, birds chirping and azaleas blooming, spring is an ideal time to get outside and garden, especially with your kids. Besides being a fun hands-on project and a way to spend time outdoors as a family, there are plenty of learning opportunities and takeaways for children of all ages. To find out more about the benefits of gardening with kids, we turned to Georgia Organics, a non-profit who believes that a sustainable local food system is critical to the future of Georgia’s health, environment and economy. One of the key initiatives of Georgia Organics...

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