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36 Vegan Ways To Eat Avocados

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Traditionally the stuff of guacamole or a topper of salads, avocados have certainly shown their diversity over the past few years. As bloggers experiment more with capitalizing on the creaminess of avocados, surprising soups, smoothies, and even desserts have emerged featuring this humble fruit. Since it’s an excellent substitute for dairy, avocados work well when recreating traditional dishes in vegan and Paleo form.

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In addition to lending velvety textures, avocados are great for overall nutrition. They are full of healthy fats and antioxidants, which are key on the Paleo diet, and also boast lots of natural fiber, Vitamin E, and folic acid. Believe it or not, avocados have over twice as much potassium as bananas!

Since these versatile treats are great for recreating chocolate dishes, here’s a little tip: use avocados that are barely ripe. Because very ripe avocados are a little more pungent, you’ll want to choose one that will blend easily but won’t overpower the chocolate with its own flavor.

If you’ve got a bunch of ripe avocados lying around and need something new to do with them, we know just how to help! We collected 36 recipes to give you salads, desserts, dips, smoothies, and dressings that are not only paleo-friendly but vegan as well. Whether you’re throwing a party for both paleo followers and vegans alike or just trying to stay away from animal products for awhile, these amazing avocado recipes will astound and amaze!

Avocado Frosting

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You’ll never believe that this rich, velvety dark chocolate frosting is made from avocados! Spread them on Paleo cupcakes for something truly amazing.

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Recipe: Avocado Frosting

Tomato Avocado Salad

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This fresh, crunchy salad of cucumbers, red onion, and cilantro is perfect as a side dish – or on its own!

Recipe: Tomato Avocado Salad  

Avocado Crema

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Whip up this dairy-free crema to drizzle on burrito bowls, salads, or anything Mexican-inspired when you aren’t up for mashing up a guacamole.

Recipe: Avocado Crema

Avocado Truffles

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Got perfectly ripe avocados and a hankering for something sweet? This easy, four-ingredient recipe can be rolled up and chilled in a jiffy!

Recipe: Avocado Truffles

Creamy Avocado Dressing

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Blend avocados with pepitas, lime juice, cumin, and cilantro for a dip or dressing that’s even greener than Green Goddess!

Recipe: Creamy Avocado Dressing  

Pink Grapefruit & Avocado Salad

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This super fresh and easy-to-make salad is dressed with lemon zest for a nice complement to the juicy grapefruit.

Recipe: Pink Grapefruit & Avocado Salad  

Vegan Key Lime Ice Cream

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Avocado is the key ingredient in this silky smooth ice cream, made with key lime juice, maple syrup, coconut milk, and coconut oil.

Recipe: Vegan Key Lime Ice Cream  

Shamrock Shake

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this healthy version of a seasonal favorite. The shaved chocolate on top makes it even better!

Recipe: Shamrock Shake  

Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Garlic Sauce

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Get your spiralizer and make these raw zucchini noodles – or zoodles – drenched in a creamy sauce of blended avocados, basil, and garlic.

Recipe: Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Sauce  

Heirloom Tomato Avocado Caprese Salad

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Recreate this summertime favorite with ripe avocado subbed in for mozzarella. This is the best way to showcase tomatoes in their prime!

Recipe: Heirloom Tomato Avocado Caprese Salad  

Mango Avocado Salad

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Mangoes and avocadoes complement each other perfectly in this colorful and sweet salad, great as a side or all on its own!

Recipe: Mango Avocado Salad  

Cucumber Avocado Rolls

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Become your own sushi chef and create these creamy, crunchy veggie rolls. Only minimal knife skills necessary!

Recipe: Cucumber Avocado Rolls  

Cabbage Hemp Salad

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Detox your body with this super healthy, hand-massaged salad for a creamy, softened taste you’ll crave.

Recipe: Cabbage Hemp Salad  

Chocolate Tart

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Impress your dinner party guests with this healthy, gluten-free chocolate tart made with almond flour, cocoa powder, and maple syrup. Garnish with fresh raspberries and serve with a dollop of whipped coconut cream!

Recipe: Chocolate Tart  

Coconut-Crusted Avocado Fries

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Avocados, fried? It actually works, when you coat the outside of avocado slices with arrowroot and coconut. Dip them into your favorite vegan and Paleo dressings!

Recipe: Coconut-Crusted Avocado Fries  

Chocolate Avocado Cookies

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These rich, chocolatey cookies really show off the versatility of the avocado. You’ll never believe that these cookies are healthy and gluten free!

Recipe: Chocolate Avocado Cookies  

Purple Kale, Avocado, & Blood Orange Salad

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This simple, five-ingredient salad is balanced with crunchy seeds, sweet orange, bitter kale, and creamy avocado.

Recipe: Purple Kale, Avocado, & Blood Orange Salad  

Creamy Broccoli, Avocado, & Berry Salad

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Who would have thought to pair broccoli and raspberries? When topped with a sweet poppy seed raspberry vinaigrette, the whole thing comes together beautifully – and quickly!

Recipe: Creamy Broccoli, Avocado, & Berry Salad  

Watermelon and Avocado Salad

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In this recipe, cucumbers and watermelon combine for a juicy and flavorful salad that screams summer. The dollop of coconut kefir on top adds some staying power!

Recipe: Watermelon and Avocado Salad  

Avocado Lime Pudding

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This is one of the few avocado-as-dessert recipes out there that really lets the avocado shine! Blended with lime juice, salt, vanilla, and a little sweetener, this simple recipe proves that you don’t have to hide the avocado when you make it for dessert.

Recipe: Avocado Lime Pudding  

Coconut Avocado Grasshopper Bars

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These no-bake peppermint bars are quite the treat! Just whip up a minty avocado mixture, top with melted chocolate, and store in the freezer for a dessert far superior to anything you’ll find in the supermarket’s frozen aisle.

Recipe: Coconut Avocado Grasshopper Bars

Avocado Mayonnaise

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Throw together this healthy mayo replacement in about sixty seconds flat. Just blend avocados with olive oil, lemon juice, and sea salt for a dip or dressing that can be made up to a day in advance!

Recipe: Avocado Mayonnaise  

Spinach and Avocado Dip

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This easy, organic five-ingredient dip is raw, gluten-free, and comes together much quicker than guacamole!

Recipe: Spinach and Avocado Dip

Roasted-Chili Mango Guacamole

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Want to elevate your go-to guac? Add a little more zip with hot chili, cubed mango, and a little apple cider vinegar. You’ll never have to test your guacamole for blandness again!

Recipe: Roasted-Chili Mango Guacamole  

Grilled Pineapple Salsa

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This sweet and smoky salsa is boosted in flavor with bell and jalapeno peppers, red onion, cilantro, and lots of cumin for a salsa you’d happily eat with a spoon!

Recipe: Grilled Pineapple Salsa  

Orange Avocado Smoothie

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Take your avocado smoothies in a new direction with this recipe, which combines frozen bananas, orange juice, and orange zest.

Recipe: Orange Avocado Smoothie  

Avocado Pea Green Bean Salad

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This simple, lovely salad is garnished with fried onions and fresh mint and heated with a minced chili for a fresh, flavourful, and surprising side dish.

Recipe: Avocado Pea Green Bean Salad  

Chocolate Banana Avocado Pudding

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This sweet and chocolatey pudding is sweetened with vanilla seeds and topped with shaved coconut for a Paleo and vegan treat that’ll please everyone in the family.

Recipe: Chocolate Banana Avocado Pudding  

Avocado Caesar Salad

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Toss your next romaine lettuce salad with this decadent “Caesar” dressing, which includes garlic, apple cider vinegar, and just a little nutritional yeast.

Recipe: Avocado Caesar Salad  

Avocado Soup

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This thick and velvety soup can be served hot or cold, and is great as an appetizer or light lunch. The homemade mint olive oil drizzled on top makes this dish shine!

Recipe: Avocado Soup

Green Goddess Cauliflower “Rice”

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When you’re tired of grating down cauliflower for yet another “rice” dish, try this refreshing version topped with a dressing of basil, avocado, and lemon juice.

Recipe: Green Goddess Cauliflower “Rice”

Avocado Ice Cream

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You don’t even need an ice cream maker to churn out this one! Just blend avocados, sweetener, coconut milk, and salt, and freeze for at least two hours.

Recipe: Avocado Ice Cream  

Avocado Fudge Bites

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This easy recipe heavily recommends dipping the five-ingredient fudge balls into melted chocolate before freezing them. Because why wouldn’t you?

Recipe: Avocado Fudge Bites  

Berry Avocado Salad

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Show off the flavors of summer with this bright and fruity salad, topped with a homemade ginger-lime dressing. It easily doubles as dessert!

Recipe: Berry Avocado Salad

Creamy Key Lime Pie

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Craving a cool and rich dessert? Although key lime pie is traditionally filled with sugar, gluten, and eggs, this Paleo and vegan dessert tastes just as good as the original — it’s just a whole lot cleaner!

Recipe: Creamy Key Lime Pie

Avocado Lime Cheesecake

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Whoever thought avocado would be the star in a cheesecake recipe? This version amps up the green color and flavor with lime juice and zest, and is topped with a pureed chia-strawberry mixture.

Recipe: Avocado Lime Cheesecake  

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Tips On Overcoming Sleep Problems During Pregnancy

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Getting a Good Night’s Sleep in the Third Trimester is a Challenge

As the body changes, a pregnant woman may suddenly find a handful of reasons she can’t get to sleep at night. Try these tips for an uninterrupted night’s sleep.

A common complaint among pregnant women, particularly those in their third trimester, is the inability to fall (and stay) asleep at night. Many factors are often to blame, making it difficult to know exactly how to address the issue. From growing size to frequent urination, there seems to be no break for a rest. But some very basic techniques can help pregnant women get the sleep they need.

Why Can’t I Sleep?

As the body changes throughout the first and second trimesters, some women may notice changes in their sleeping pattern. Most, however, aren’t too affected until they reach month seven or so. As the body rapidly adapts to the growing baby, some issues may arise:

Frequent urination can be a huge annoyance. As the kidneys do double-duty to filter the increased blood volume (about 40% more than normal), the body produces more urine. At the same time, the baby’s growth has increased pressure on the bladder, making the time between bathroom trips very short. Babies active at night may also increase the number of trips for some mothers.

A rapid heartbeat is needed to pump that extra blood throughout the body, but some women find it difficult to relax in these circumstances.

Shortness of breath, due to pressure on the lungs and the release of certain hormones, can make it a challenge to fall asleep at night. As the fetus grows, the diaphragm will compress more and more, increasing the pressure on the lungs.

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Aches and pains are quite common, since a pregnant woman’s center of balance shifts and places extra pressure on new areas. Leg cramps and lower back pain are a typical night-time complaint since the hormone relaxin is working to stretch out and loosen the ligaments to prepare for delivery. Injuries and strains become more likely later in pregnancy.

Digestive problems, like heartburn and constipation, abound as the process of digestion slows down. Food backs up in the digestive tract, taking longer to break down, and the result is mom’s discomfort.

Get Comfortable

Doctors recommend that pregnant women lay on their side at night to allow proper blood flow throughout the body. For stomach- and back-sleepers this might be difficult, but it’s important. Choosing a comfortable mattress and pillows is a must as they will help make a pregnant woman more comfortable at night. Use pillows under the belly, behind the back, and between the legs. Try experimenting with different pillows (body pillows, wedges, etc.) and different positions.

Get Prepared

When it’s almost time to get to sleep, start preparing the body for bedtime. Take a relaxing bath, have a glass of warm mylk, or a night-time massage. Putting the mind at ease can help make the transition to sleep easier. For some, foods high in carbohydrates, like a snack of bread or crackers, will help with sleep troubles. And to limit bathroom trips, be sure to avoid drinking fluids too close to bedtime!

Get Healthy

The right nutrition and exercise can go a long way, especially during pregnancy. Certain things should be avoided and added to optimize sleep:

Adding calcium to the diet will help to curb those painful leg cramps.

Protein-rich diets can ward off those unpleasant pregnancy nightmares.

Skipping caffeine, or limiting it as much as possible, can have a dramatic effect. Many pregnant women’s bodies cannot break down caffeine, so it remains in the system much longer than usual.

Avoid foods that trigger heartburn.

Get enough fibre to reduce constipation.

Try yoga for relaxation, walks to keep joints limber and moderate activity to help promote sleep. Adding exercise every day might be the key to getting to bed at night.

Paying attention to the body, staying relaxed, and getting the right nutrition is essential to quieting the mind and getting a good night’s sleep during pregnancy. Follow these tips and try to stay positive; only a few more months (or weeks) to go!

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10 Quick & Nourishing Smoothie Recipes That Taste Great

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  • The Facts:

    Smoothies are a great way to pack a lot of nutrients into a filling, delicious meal any time of the day. In our fast-paced world, they help provide a great way to stay healthy on the go.

  • Reflect On:

    If you find combining sugars and fats bloat you, keep them separate. Sugar that comes from eating whole fruit is not the same as added sugar!

Have you ever compromised on a nourishing and filling breakfast because you are running late for work? Well, it has happened to all of us, especially women with kids.

And the good news is, smoothies! That’s right! Smoothies are nutrient-rich, delicious and can be made within minutes. You can replace it with your coffee on-the-go as it is much more healthy, filling, and tasty.

Here are 10 such smoothies prepared using a variety of fruits, veggies, and other ingredients. Some of the ingredients are rich in antioxidants, some are protein packed, and a few others are the best anti-inflammatory foods. So indulge in a smoothie marathon and try out one of the below smoothies each day; either as a fully-loaded breakfast or as a filling snack.

Breakfast Smoothie

This is a protein-rich breakfast which is clean and detox-friendly. It consists of,

  • 180ml of coconut milk
  • 1tsp cacao 1tsp coconut oil
  • 120 ml coconut water
  • 25 grams of oats
  • half a banana (either fresh or frozen)
  • 1tsp almond butter
  • 3 ice cubes

Blend everything together and you are ready to kick start your day on a super healthy note. It contains protein, fibre and all the essential nutrients required for a wholesome breakfast.

Peanut Butter Banana Apple Smoothie

Another protein packed smoothie that is just delicious! This recipe is as easy as it comes.

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  • Add two tablespoons of peanut butter
  • a banana
  • some sliced apples and
  • a few ice cubes

There you go! Banana will give you instant energy, protein from peanut butter, and loads of vitamins and minerals from apple. Nothing can get better than that!

Watermelon Basil Smoothie

Another simple and quick smoothie with just three ingredients. It is healthy, quick and delicious. This smoothie includes watermelon, basil and coconut water. It is super-hydrating and healthy. Watermelon is a rich source of antioxidants, vitamin C, and many other nutrients. It aids conditions such as inflammation, obesity, diabetes and heart diseases. Basil is an amazing source of vitamin K, magnesium, copper, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium, and omega 3 fatty acids. What more do you need?

Cherry Vanilla Protein Smoothie

Cherries are the best summer fruit ever! Put one cup of cherries along with one cup coconut milk and one scoop of protein powder. It is naturally sweet, creamy and full of deliciousness. This will fulfil your daily dose of protein in a single gulp! Cherries are packed with antioxidants and cancer-preventing elements. Studies show that it also promotes sleep by increasing melatonin levels, relieve arthritis pain, reduce belly fat and is an excellent post-workout snack that can reduce muscle pain.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

 This healthy and tasty smoothie has only three ingredients; Strawberry, banana and non-dairy milk or water. Just throw all the ingredients and then blend! It’s creamy, colourful, healthy and delicious! Strawberries are a rich source of vitamin C, folic acid, and dietary fibre good for skin health and can beat the top moisturizers in terms of the benefits offered. It will help to keep skin healthy and glowing and fights aging, acne, and wrinkles. The banana provides increased energy throughout the day. It can be consumed as a perfect healthy breakfast or as a snack.

Pineapple smoothie

With just two ingredients, it is possible to have a tropical beach experience at home. Don’t know how? This pineapple smoothie is just what everyone needs. Frozen or fresh pineapple and almond milk are the only ingredients in this. It is quick, easy and a perfect after workout drink. This combination can never go wrong. Pineapples improve bone strength, eyesight, delays muscle degeneration and aids in digestion. Having this smoothie first thing in the morning can help with smooth bowel movement.

Banana Blueberry Chocolate Smoothie

Who doesn’t love chocolates? This smoothie can fix the craving for chocolate and in a healthy way. Adding sugar and other sweeteners can ruin the whole purpose of having a healthy smoothie. Cocoa powder is a perfect substitute that can solve this issue. And blueberries offer a myriad of benefits such as regulate cholesterol and heart diseases. It has fibre, potassium, Vitamin C and other essential nutrients.

The ingredients are

  • 1 sliced banana
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • Water or crushed ice can be added.

Mint Chocolate Smoothie

This is a nutrient-packed smoothie with simple and easily available ingredients. Simply put 1 avocado, 1 banana, 1 scoop of green powder, one tablespoon vegan yogurt, two handfuls of spinach, some almond milk, few mint leaves and 1tsp cocoa powder. The greens offer plenty of vitamins and minerals along with the benefits of avocado. Mint acts as a palate cleanser and improves digestion and bowel movements. It also reduces the symptoms of inflammation, depression, asthma, respiratory diseases, promotes oral care, cures nausea and headache and even prevents cancer.

Post-Workout Smoothie

Tired of the same old peanut butter? Try this smoothie recipe with non-dairy milk, almond butter, bananas, one tablespoon of flaxseeds, natural oats, and honey. It is packed with protein, dietary fiber, omega 3 fatty acids and plenty of other nutrients. Needless to say, extremely delicious. Makes up for an excellent post-workout snack that promotes muscle strength, repair of damaged cells and provides energy.

Beetroot Cinnamon Smoothie

The ingredients are,

  • 1 small raw beetroot
  • 1 handful of almonds
  • 1 handful of baby spinach
  • ripe banana
  • ripe avocado
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

This smoothie can be customized by adding more fruits or greens. It is perfect for breakfast or as a snack option. Beetroot is a good source of iron, nitrates, magnesium and other antioxidants. It also improves skin health and glows, lower blood pressure and prevent dementia. This smoothie is an ideal option for a pre-workout meal.

So what are you waiting for? Try out these incredibly easy and healthy smoothies and pamper yourself with a great breakfast that nourishes your soul. It’s time for some self-love!

References

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/266886.php
https://bellatory.com/skin/Top-5-Benefits-of-Strawberry-for-Skin
https://www.livescience.com/45487-pineapple-nutrition.html

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8 Comics Showing How Much Today’s Childhood Differs From Ours

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  • The Facts:

    The childhood experience today is inevitably affected by--and sometimes even centered on--technology.

  • Reflect On:

    What is technology giving to our children, and what is it taking away? Should we be more proactive about our children's exposure to technology?

When I was a child, there was no shortage of getting told by our parents and other adults about how much better we had things than they did when they were children.  Stories of having to walk for miles to go to school, sleeping in the same bed until they became an adult, having the same food all the time, and having only a few simple toys to last them several years were not uncommon at all. There was a definite sense that as society modernized, things were getting better for children.

And as children we certainly didn’t disagree — hearing our parents’ stories did indeed make us feel that we were better off than they were. We certainly would not be inclined to exchange our childhood for their more rugged, austere version. And yes, to some extent these stories gave us a bit more ‘appreciation’ for what we had, despite not showing enough of it to satisfy our parents.

How About Today?

Today, I’m not sure that familiar line of conversation that has spanned many generations is going on anymore between parents and children. As the father of a 4-year old, the most immediate difference I notice is that we seem to have less time for our children than our parents did, especially if both parents are working full-time, which is just about a requirement these days.

The other major difference is the level of technology children have access to. And in some ways, technology has come in and ‘filled the gap’ where a parent’s attention is absent. Now, undoubtedly, there are some benefits to technology for our children. But when we take time to reflect on it, we might recognize that we have come to a particular stage in the modernization of our society where most of us are not sure that ‘newer, bigger, faster, more convenient’ is necessarily better, especially with regards to the type of childhood that serves as a foundation for a happy and prosperous adult life.

Here are 8 pictures comparing childhoods then and now, where technology has become ubiquitous in the lives of our children. Do you think our children have it better than we did?

Are they having more fun?

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Are they being more creative?

Are they more ambitious?

Are they healthier?

Are they understanding consequences better?

Are they feeling things more deeply?

Are they experiencing more frustration?

Is their sense of wonder being cultivated more?

How Did You Score It?

How you answer these questions might give you some insight into how much you want your children’s early experiences to be influenced by technology. As everyone knows, childhood is the most formative time of a person’s life, which is why, as parents, some of the choices within our control that we make about our children’s exposure to technology might have a significant impact.

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