Keeping family dinner slow when life gets fast

Anyone else out there a Soccer Mom?? (Or Football Mom, or Basketball Mom, or Dance Mom, or Fill In the Blank our Life is Just Plain Crazy Mom??) Juggling your family’s schedule and making sure everyone gets fed at the end of a long day has to be one of the most universal challenges in […]

Family Candlelight Dinner

Every Monday evening, our family plans an Italian-themed candlelight dinner. It has quickly become one of our most favorite family traditions, and a wonderful way to begin each week. The best part is that the kids can actively participate in the process of preparing the meal, and we keep things very simple! Here are a few […]

“Let’s PUR-tend…” A Collection of Pretend Play Activities

Whether it’s pretending (or as most kids pronounce it, “PUR-tending”) to be a cashier, a professional chef, a police officer, or more, there’s loads of fun and learning to be had with dress-up or role-playing games that teach children how to use the “tools of the trade” for real-world jobs. Here’s a blog roundup of […]

Baking with kids: Crack an egg like a pro!

Spending time with kids in the kitchen is one of the most entertaining opportunities for sharing life skills. My girls have always enjoyed baking with me but this summer my 7 year old expressed an interest in upping the ante when it comes to helping out. I knew the time had come to start teaching her […]

teach kids location words through play: 3 steps

This creative way to sneak some learning into play is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott.   We all love watching our little ones as they play, and there’s nothing parents enjoy more than watching siblings or friends enjoy time together, quarrel-free, their little imaginations running wild. But […]

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

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 […]

A “Ringer” Round Up of Birthday Party Ideas and Play Date Activities

Looking for creative yet simple birthday party ideas and play date activities? We’ve rounded up a bundle of festive options that everyone is sure to love. 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 […]

3 ways to sneak in fitness time

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

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 […]