Culture is one of our odder sections; we always put the arts there, but a few years ago wanted to start doing more WeeHugger coverage without starting a separate site. So we get a mix of fine art and fine childrearing. Time to rethink our categories!
There's nothing as primal as drawing with wet earth and in the video below, Russian ceramics artist Mikhail Sadovnikov starts drawing with wet clay (also called "slip") on a spinning potter's wheel and videotaped the mesmerizing results. More in TreeHugger
One of the greatest challenges of living in a small house is figuring out bedroom-sharing arrangements for little kids. It’s one thing for adults to inhabit a small space, but it becomes much more complicated when you’re trying to sleep-train a newborn in the same room as a rambunctious toddler. More in TreeHugger
Katherine writes from personal experience: "When I became a parent a decade earlier than anticipated, one of my biggest concerns was money. How on earth would I afford to have a baby, I wondered, when I was still an indebted university student? All my life I’d been led to believe that babies were exorbitantly expensive and that it was hard for anyone without money to do a decent job of raising kids. How wrong I was." More in TreeHugger
This looks like a fun adaptive reuse. This conversion of an old slate quarry, however, is certainly in a league of its own: touted to be the world's first and largest underground trampoline installation. More in TreeHugger.
Good luck with this, Katherine: "We have become a society completely paranoid about possible dangers during play. Most kids are not allowed to engage in risky play, which Norwegian early childhood education professor Ellen Sandseter defines as the following: (1) exploring heights; (2) handling dangerous tools; (3) being near dangerous elements, such as fire and water; (4) rough-and-tumble play; (5) experiencing speed; (6) exploring on one’s own." More in TreeHugger
If you want to raise appreciative and grateful children, here's what NOT to do, especially at this time of year. More in TreeHugger
In another twist on green funerals and eco-friendly burials, two Italian designers envision a new way of paying it forward, even after death. More in TreeHugger
Kim has a real eye for this stuff, things like this collection of embroidered spheres made by an 88-year-old Japanese grandmother, who started crafting these in her sixties. More in TreeHugger
Clearly, knitting is being embraced by people from all walks of life who benefit from its peaceful, relaxing repetition. It got me wondering – what’s really going on when people knit? Why is it so tremendously popular? More in TreeHugger
Wow, this was the most popular post of the year on TreeHugger, because stunning photos. Can't say much more than that! More in TreeHugger.