Camping-themed reading picnic for kids

Enjoy a reading picnic with your kids

Reading together is one of the most obvious, healthy, and successful ways to connect with your kids. I’m pretty sure you’ve heard that message loud and clear from everyone from your pediatrician, your child’s teachers, friends and family, and every family expert source everywhere. But reading together doesn’t have to mean just the standard bedtime [...]

Family vacation tips: Keep the peace and connect with your kids!

Connecting with your Kids: Spending quality one-on-one time on vacation

Family vacations are one of my very favorite ways to connect with our kids. Getting away from the everyday routine and exploring new places together creates the most vivid memories. With a husband who travels for work and keeps crazy hours, our time with him is precious. When we head out on an adventure, my [...]

First day of summer celebration: kick start the funnest season ever!

Last Day of School Celebrations

The last day of school, the first day of summer. Whatever you nameĀ that day, it is a major highlight on the calendar for kids everywhere. Want to really connect with your kids? Show them you realize how much this moment means to them with the easiest celebration ideas ever! Our family has a few festive [...]

Surviving the Sidelines: portable games for kids

Connect with your kids: The Waiting Game

How much time would you guess your average mom spends waiting on her kids? We wait: in line at carpool at the bus stop in the office at the pediatrician at the dentist’s office at sports practice at dance class at gymnastics during piano lessons I don’t know about you, but I’ve mastered the art [...]

Fashion themed art prompts for kids

Connect with your kids: A trip to the art museum

Finding time to really connect with your kids can be difficult in the busy day-to-day hustle of school and activities. Our family likes to make a habit of special one on one dates with the kids to breakĀ out of our normal routine and we find this really helps us to focus on our time together. [...]

Introducing exotic flavors to kids

Introducing kids to new flavors

Chicken nuggets, macaroni & cheese, grilled cheese. Repeat. Does that sound familiar? I know that if I put my kids in charge of meal planning, that is pretty much what our weeks would look like. Every Single Week. Thankfully, they’re not the ones in charge but knowing full well their preferences it can be all [...]

Great ways to ring in the new year with kids!

10 great ways to countdown to the new year with your kids | Melissa & Doug Playtime Press

Anyone else feeling a little shocked by how quickly this year seems to have disappeared?! At this point in the holiday game, my mind and schedule are so focused on getting ready for Christmas that New Year’s Eve sneaks up on me even more quickly. I end up feeling completely unprepared to celebrate the last [...]

Holiday baking with kids: 7 tips for having fun and keeping your sanity!

Holiday baking

Holiday baking time! This might be my most favorite time in the kitchen of the whole year. My girls and I are drawn to the seasonal displays of ingredients at the grocery store like moths to the flame. We stock up on all flavors of chips and sprinkles and nuts for baking cookies and treats. [...]

5 recipes for little hands

5 recipes for little hands

My four year old loves to be my baking buddy. She comes to me with those big blue eyes and asks, “Mommy, when can we ‘make’ together?” How could I possibly turn down that request? When it comes to baking with preschoolers, not all recipes are created equal! So many of my personal favorites are [...]