The New Dream Blog

In our blog, we feature stories, tips, and commentary from contributors around the world on topics ranging from
consumerism and parenting to how to live a fuller life with less. Enjoy!

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Expecting a Baby? Embrace the Gift of Community Supported Postpartum (CSP)

by Kerry Ingram   |   January 10, 2019

When someone you know is about to welcome a new baby into their family, offer them the gift of a supportive community through CSP.


Tales from a Tech-free Summer Camp

by Eli Austin   |   October 11, 2018

A recent high school grad shares a lesson for young people about the benefits of getting off our devices and out into nature.


Lessons Learned from a Low-Waste Party

by Shara Drew   |   September 12, 2018

When New Dream's Shara Drew moved her family to Maine, she took on the challenge of hosting a low-waste party for friends and family. Here are some lessons learned.


May My Children Be Givers

by Bellamy Shoffner   |   February 7, 2018

Bellamy Shoffner, editor of the online magazine Hold the Line, shares an eye-opening experience that led her to deepen her social justice work and step up her family's efforts to give more to their community. 


The Value of Reducing Children's Screen Time: An Interview with Jean Rogers

February 6, 2018

Jean discusses how screen-time overuse is affecting kids' social-emotional and physical health, and provides tips for parents seeking to reduce screen time.


10 Great Books to Teach Your Kids About Consumerism

by New Dream   |   February 6, 2018

Shara Drew, the director of New Dream's Kids & Commercialism campaign, reviews two recent children’s books that deal with the topic of consumerism in a way that's impactful and fun, and also suggests eight more oldies but goodies.


The Benefits—and Joy—of "Making Do" With What You Have

by Bea Echeverria   |   December 14, 2017

After moving to the U.S. from Spain, New Dreamer Bea Echevarria realized that "making do" wasn’t a coveted value for everyone. But there are many good reasons it should be.


Skip the Goody Bags and Embrace Creativity Instead

by Rinny Yourman   |   December 13, 2017

New Dreamer Rinny Yourman describes how her family ditched goody bags in favor of giving guests at her daughter's birthday and Bat Mitzvah parties a more meaningful experience. 


Helping Your Kids Embrace a “More Fun, Less Stuff” Holiday

by Edna Rienzi   |   November 7, 2017

New Dream's Edna Rienzi shares six tips for how she gets her family on board with a simpler, yet more meaningful, holiday season.


Beyond the Lion’s Den: Mapping a More Meaningful Family Holiday

by Shara Drew   |   October 12, 2017

New Dream's Shara Drew describes her quest to create a different kind of holiday tradition for her family—one that has nothing to do with "stuff."


Tips for a Greener, Simpler Halloween

by Lisa Mastny   |   October 11, 2017

Halloween is big business. Avoid the hype and direct your energy, $$$, and creativity toward a greener, simpler holiday.


Living the Dream: Part-timer Sarah Lakeman

by Edna Rienzi   |   October 9, 2017

By cutting back her work hours, Sarah was able to make more time for her family and community—and to live true to her values.


Helping Teachers and Their Students Think About the "Stuff" They Use

by Shara Drew   |   September 19, 2017

Susan Salterberg talks about her work helping K-12 educators design creative lesson plans around consumption, well-being, and sustainability.


Welcome, Shara!

by New Dream   |   July 20, 2017

Shara Drew has joined New Dream as the new Program Director for our Kids & Commercialism work. 


Learning About Microfinance as a Family: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

by Suzita Cochran   |   February 10, 2017

We often hear about gifts that “keep on giving,” but in the case of a microloan, it really can. A Colorado mom shares her experience.


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