The Family Kitchen + 7 Tips for a Calm Dinner (From Parents)!

Tips for a Calm Dinner: & suggestions from parents *great list of ideas

What’s for dinner tonight? The time and effort that goes into planning a family dinner can be exhausting. To help with this struggle, Melissa & Doug is collaborating with three creative parents to provide you the ultimate family kitchen resource. The family dinner table is a great a place to connect with your kids. The [...]

“Ringer” Gift, Party & Playdate Ideas

"Ringer" Gift, Party, & Playdate Ideas from Melissa & Doug

You’ve barely got your kiddos back in school, and the birthday-party invitations have already started streaming in. Sheesh! More shopping and figuring out what other kids’ parents will approve of. Or, if YOU are the host, time to find a party theme or activity that everyone will like. That’s where we come in… We’ve made [...]

3 ways to sneak in fitness time

Sneaking in time for fitness

I had the best of intentions for exercising three times a week this summer. I had a plan to go to the YMCA on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, drop the kids off at the play center and get a 2 mile run in. Oh the foolish plans of a mom with kids still in school. Once [...]

Teaching Your Child to Pack Their Own Gear

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Taking Care of You: These parenting tips on teaching your child to pack their own gear are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Teaching your child to pack their own gear for a class or sport activity is a rewarding way to build independence. It may be [...]

4 Important Things to Learn from Playtime!

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Play, play, play . . . every day! Running, jumping and playing games are some of the best parts of growing up! Playtime is also a terrific opportunity to introduce children to concepts that they will need to know, like how to get along with siblings, utilizing important safety skills, and even understanding how clocks and the calendar work. Some of your favorite bloggers [...]

How To Get Your Kids To Fill Up On Healthy Food

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I stress about what my kids eat. I just do. I want them to have a healthy foundation because I know that as they age I won’t have any say on what they eat. The thing is parents really don’t have as much a say as we wish we did even when our kids are [...]

How to decorate for Back to School

Back to School Feast: How to set an adorable table for the celebration

What special family traditions do you have for celebrating the Back to School season? Is a Family Feast on the calendar? Today I’m sharing some quick and easy (and adorable!) ideas for setting a festive table over on Peanut Blossom but I wanted to share this super easy trick for painting little red apple placemats [...]

10 Fabulous FOOD-PLAY IDEAS for You & Your Children

10 Fabulous Food-Play Ideas for You & Your Children

As a new parent, you first tell your kids to STOP putting things in their mouth. Then, as your kids get older, you find yourself cajoling them at the dinner table, “Put a little bit in your mouth and swallow. Just try it. Please? For me?” Sheesh! What’s a parent to do? Well, today at [...]

Back to School Lunches: Mom edition!

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It’s Lunch Time! Yes, friends. The time of year is upon us when every mom everywhere groans as she tries to figure out what to pack in those empty little cooler bags at a far too early a time in the morning. Last year we suggested “30 Days of Lunches: No Repeats!” and the response [...]