10 Tips for a Memorable Family Talent Show

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These Talent Show tips are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Make everyday activities an adventure!  — Zina …………………………………………………………………………………………………. “Watch this! Watch this!” Are you familiar with this phrase? Kids love to show off their talents to anyone who will watch them. Why not channel all that [...]

Making “Required” Math Easy

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Our family game closet is chock-full and diverse. We’ve got board games, DVD games, interactive games, dice, spinners, cards, pegs… You name it, we’ve likely got it. Each of us certainly has their favorite, but there’s one game that gets considerably more use than all the others. Sometimes simple is best. Our family loves the [...]

ON the GO Backseat Learning

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Road Trip! You’ve got your vacation planned; now you’ve got to get to your destination. You can hear it in the back of your mind already, can’t you . . . Are we there yet? As a parent, you have a choice to make your long commute an adventure or a drag. Stop by the [...]

3-Steps to Ensure You Don’t Need a Vacation FROM Vacation

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We’d begin unpacking after a trip, and my mom would laugh and say: “I need a vacation FROM vacation.” As a child, I remember being perplexed by this statement. Now, as a parent myself — I totally get it. So much money, effort, and mental energy go into planning a family vacation. Parents often create [...]

5 Poolside Birthday Party Tips

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No time to clean the house, look up fancy recipes, or plan an elaborate birthday party for your little one? You’re not alone. Let go of your Pinterest guilt and throw together a simple pool party. Below are five tips for hosting an easy poolside birthday party: 1. Let the children enjoy the water. The [...]

Parent Watercooler: Weekday Mornings

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Prepping for school in the morning is a high-point of stress for many parents. You’re battling the clock while trying to keep your sanity. As children grow from kindergarten to early elementary school students, their daily responsibilities evolve. Their morning routine begins to include: homework assignments, school library books, milk money and more. “The essence [...]

Teaching the Joy of Giving

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These joy of giving tips are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Make everyday activities an adventure! -Zina …………………………………………………….. Holiday chaos is in full swing. Take a break from the hustle and bustle and use this opportunity to teach your child about the joy of giving. Many [...]

Parent Watercooler: Starting Dinner Conversations

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These creative conversation tips are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Make everyday activities an adventure!  -Zina Kick off great conversations tonight to cement a family tradition of spending time with each other, and establish family habits of communicating face to face–instead of via high-tech gadgets. Try [...]

Parent Watercooler: Music Matters

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These creative play tips for music-time fun are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Make everyday activities an adventure! -Zina                       Music matters. As parents of young children, we are often tied up in prepping our kids [...]