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 […]

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

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 […]

The Power of a One-on-One Vacation with Your Child

This post on taking a one-on-one vacation with your child is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. I still remember the first time I heard about the concept of a special mom-and-me trip. When my friend told […]

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

The last day of school, the first day of summer. Whatever you name 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 […]

Free Personalization – for a Limited Time!

Personalized Play from Melissa & Doug! We admit it . . . at Melissa & Doug we love toys and fun! Our favorite childhood memories are filled with laughter and games, and many precious moments as parents include play-centered activities with our kids! Playtime can be even more exciting, with products customized using Melissa & Doug’s personalization service. And for a limited […]

Dear Moms: What are your favorite things about being a mother?

Mother’s Day is this weekend and we want to take a moment to pause and ask YOU … Dear Moms: What are your favorite things about being a mother? Be sure to pop on over to Facebook and share your answer. Our Blog Ambassadors replied… Watching my husband grow into a great father … and […]

Connecting After Discipline

This post on connecting after discipline is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. When parents use the term “discipline,” we often think “punishment.” When we discipline our child in this mindset, thinking the goal is to have […]

Surviving the Sidelines: portable games for kids

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 […]

7 Must-Haves for the Perfect Date When Spending One-on-One Time With Your Kids

This post on spending one-on-one time with your 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. If you have a family with multiple children, carving out some one-on-one time is a great way to truly connect with […]