The New Dream Blog

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consumerism and parenting to how to live a fuller life with less. Enjoy!

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Big Media, Big Bullying, and What You Can Do About It

by Emily Long   |   May 13, 2013

Big media companies spend huge sums on anti-bullying messaging, but the real power lies in our own ability to filter their product.

Going Screen-Free at Home: It’s Not as Hard as You Think

by Edna Rienzi   |   April 12, 2013

When a mother of three opted to enforce strict television rules in her home, she discovered that life was actually easier and less stressful.

A Single Shining Marble, and Other Cherished Gifts

by Sarah Wolpow   |   December 14, 2012

The most cherished gifts don't come in fancy packaging or from a trendy store. Guest blogger Sarah Wolpow explains.

Easy Steps to Waste-Free School Lunches

by Tovah Paglaro   |   September 25, 2012

By choosing to forgo packaged or cafeteria food, we can teach our children healthy eating habits and minimize the garbage that ends up at landfills.

Small Steps to Help Your Child’s School Be More Healthy Today

by Terra Wellington   |   September 25, 2012

Parents, teachers, administrators, and students can work together toward improving a school’s health and sustainability.

5 Ways to Simplify Back-to-School Shopping

by Krislyn Placide   |   August 20, 2012

Forget the crazy school shopping bonanza, and save some money—and your sanity—in the process.

Family, Food, and Climate: An Interview with Activist and Producer Laurie David

by Wendy Philleo   |   July 25, 2012

New Dream caught up with producer and environmental activist Laurie David to talk about her recent projects, including her popular book The Family Dinner.

Subways, Buses, and Backpacks: 6 Frugal Travel Strategies for Kids

by Suzita Cochran   |   July 9, 2012

For one Colorado family, this year's summer vacation was the ideal time to begin teaching the kids “feet-on-the-ground” travel. 

Be a Super Mom (or Dad): Reinstate Family Meals

by Tovah Paglaro   |   May 11, 2012

A mother of three reflects about the central place that family meals should take in our lives.

Invisible Family Economics: The Value of Money Not Spent

by Suzita Cochran   |   April 18, 2012

One of the best ways you can support your family financially is by creating situations where you don’t spend money, writes Suzita Cochran.

When Planning Family Vacations, Don’t Forget the Train

by Suzita Cochran   |   March 7, 2012

Traveling by train can be a magical alternative to the high-stress world of airports and Interstates.

Advertising in Schools May Be Less Lucrative Than Thought

by Lisa Mastny   |   February 23, 2012

A new report finds that advertising in schools poses a threat to children’s education and development and doesn’t address budget woes.

The “Gendering” of Our Kids’ Toys, and What We Can Do About It

by Elizabeth Sweet   |   October 7, 2011

On a quest to find a gender-neutral toy for her daughter, an inquisitive mother delves into the magical history of pink and blue branding.

How to Pay for the Kids College and Save the Environment

by Christopher   |   July 8, 2009

The Game Theory of Green Parenting

by Kim   |   March 4, 2009