3 Tips to Help Kids Sleep Better

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This sleeping tips post is provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Do you have a child who has trouble sleeping? Sleep is so important for our children to stay healthy, learn, and participate in their daily tasks (not to mention that we parents function better when our kids are sleeping well!!). I [...]

Making Handmade Instruments

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This post is brought to us by Guest Blogger Julie Kieras at Happy Strong Home. We have a piano in our home. And as noisy as it gets, nothing is more thrilling to my heart than to hear my toddler and preschooler banging (gently!) on the keys and singing at full volume. Watching my children [...]

New Year’s Resolutions for Kids

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This New Year’s Resolutions post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. It is that time of year again, time to make changes and decide on a New Year’s Resolution! Children will be excited about this idea as well. Include them in on the fun, [...]

10 Tips for Keeping Family Road Trips Stress-Free

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This stress-free family road trip post was brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. Let me ask, how many of you will be traveling in the next few weeks over the holidays? We find ourselves in the car quite a bit during the holiday season, and this year at the [...]

Home for the Holidays

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This holidays post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Children love being a part of the hustle and bustle of holiday season. Often the adults get wrapped up in gift buying, menu planning and preparing for family to visit. Many children can often feel [...]

The Family Kitchen: 7 Snow-Inspired Recipes & Activities

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This snow-inspired post for The Family Kitchen series was brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. Here in the Midwest we’re living in a winter wonderland already. Frigid temps, inches of snow and no relief in sight. With that, comes more time spent indoors. More time spent indoors, means increased boredom [...]

Beat the Indoor Blues with Games!

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This post is brought to us by Guest Blogger Julie Kieras at Happy Strong Home. Breaking out a deck of cards or a classic board game feels like a timeless tradition – whether with your own kids, or with nieces, nephews, or kids you babysit. During winter months when kids are often indoors more than [...]

Family Game Night

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This family game night post is provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Over the Thanksgiving holiday while we had family in town, I was reminded of how much fun “family game night” can be. In fact, I asked my kids what their favorite thing about having their Mimi and Grandpa [...]

Melissa & Doug 12-Day BIG Bear Giveaway! More fun for the Holidays!

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The Terrific 25 Holiday Gifts Giveaway may be coming to an end, but our holiday fun is just heating up!  To thank you for being such incredible fans all year-long, we’re launching one more holiday surprise giveaway! In our 12-day BIG Bear Giveaway, you have the chance to win a JUMBO bear of your choice! Over [...]