4 Best-Kept Secrets for Sneaking Learning into Playtime–Any Day of the Week

This play-focused, build those super-important foundational skills idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. Believe it. Four of the best-kept secrets for sneaking learning into playtime, any day of the week, huh? You bet. Whether you have 5 minutes before nap time or a long, unscheduled morning […]

Rekindling Back to School Friendships

Check out these cool friendship bracelet crafts and video from guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. My kids are still at the age where they love school. They aren’t fans of waking up early or doing homework when they could be playing outside but they still enjoy going back to school. Although we love our summer holidays I know […]

Vacation Photo Project for Kids

Did you take a family vacation this summer? How many photos do you have on your phone RIGHT NOW? If you’re like me, you have thousands from throughout the year. As part of the Capturing Childhood initiative, we’ve chatted about: 3½ Ways to ROCK Family Vacation Photography How-to Capture Family Photos that Will Melt Your […]

Capturing Childhood: First Day of School Photos

School bells are ringing! Whether your little one is starting kindergarten this year or they’re simply getting back into the swing of things, Melissa & Doug believes the first day of school is something to be celebrated. Our Blog Ambassador, Zina Harrington, is over at Let’s Lasso the Moon this week sharing tips on ensuring you […]

Travel time: questions to ask your kids in the car

As parents, we spend countless hours taxiing our kids from one activity to another: birthday parties, school, sports, piano, lessons and tutoring of all kinds. And while during the hectic busyness of our over packed schedules it is tempting to just turn on the radio or allow a little screen time with headphones for the […]

Connecting With Kids By *Ignoring* Their Interests

This post on connecting with kids is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. Today’s tip for connecting with kids is a bit… unconventional. So often as parents we are told to encourage our children’s interests. I agree […]

Camping-themed reading picnic for 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 […]

Free Printable Activity Book for Kids: Summer Boredom Busters!

It’s that exciting time that kids wait for all year: Summer Vacation! We want summertime to be packed with laughter and moments of discovery for kids. So, we’ve partnered with our friends at Highlights for Children to bring some extra creative fun to your children this summer, with our FREE 10-page Boredom Busters printable activity […]

15 Tips for Bedtime From Everyday Moms

This post on connecting with your child at bedtime is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. Bedtime. [urg] It can truly be a challenge, especially for parents of younger children. When my girls were toddlers, I sometimes dreaded bedtime […]