Planning a DIY Birthday Party

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This Planning a DIY Birthday Party post is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. Throwing any birthday party, whether a simple special dinner and cake or renting a couple hours at a play spot, involves some thoughtful planning and preparation. If you’re looking to reduce costs or showcase your [...]

Setting Educational Goals for your Child

Setting Educational Goals

This post is brought to us by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It. As spring approaches with our children, it’s a time of excitement, new growth and anticipation for what’s to come. It’s also a time for spring cleaning and perhaps to consider some educational goal setting. Do you have any goals set for [...]

Crafty Instruments

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Music provides many benefits for children. Not only does it increase academic achievement by stimulating the same parts of the brain responsible for language, math, and social-emotional development, but it can improve memory and confidence. Giving children a musical edge doesn’t have to become a financial burden. To accompany a collection of high quality wooden [...]

DIY Cruise Ship Portholes

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This post is brought to us by guest editor Carrie Anne from EverythingMom.com. For many families March brings a desire to getaway, perhaps a tropical vacation. I may not be heading on a family cruise, like EverythingMom Michelle’s Disney Dream inaugural launch, but I can try to recreate Disney’s interactive portholes with this personal porthole [...]

Melissa & Doug’s Parents’ Corner: On Tantrums

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This weekend, we asked our Facebook friends if they thought it was possible to avoid a temper tantrum, and if so, how?! Ideas poured in! If you would like to add in your thoughts, just send us a note in the comment section. **From our fan Linda R.: Try not to take kids into a store [...]

Teaching Preschool Math Through Play

Teaching Preschool Math Through Play!

This post is from Erin of Simply Real Moms, an online magazine dedicated to providing relevant information to parents. With backgrounds in education and early childhood development, Simply Real Moms’ editors join us to share effective tips that you can actually use – now! Many parents think of teaching their preschoolers math and immediately start [...]

5 Non-Technology Ways to Spend a Snow Day

As beautiful as the snow is, at some point, the kids decide that they’ve had enough of being cooped up inside. With the winter storms that have hit much of the country, kids all over are antsy to work off energy, and parents are anxious to find a distraction for them. TV often becomes the [...]

Celebrate President’s Day with a Free Printable!

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Celebrate President’s Day with some spelling f-u-n! Finish the name of the President featured on each of the bills below. The answers are below if you get stuck! Click here to print the President’s Day Free Printable!

Play Prompts: Play Dough Creation Station!

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This Playtime Prompts series is provided by guest blogger Joyce of Childhood Beckons. This play dough creation station is super easy to set up and provides so many different play possibilities! The Setup: I wanted a truly open-ended playful invitation that could inspire my son in a multitude of ways. To create this play prompt, [...]