Camping-themed reading picnic for kids

Enjoy a reading picnic with your 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 [...]

15 Tips for Bedtime From Everyday Moms

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!

Connecting with your Kids: Spending quality one-on-one time on vacation

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

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!

Last Day of School Celebrations

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 [...]

Connecting After Discipline

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 [...]

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

Spending One-on-One Time With Your Kids: Great tips

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 [...]

Fashion themed art prompts for kids

Connect with your kids: A trip to the art museum

Finding time to really connect with your kids can be difficult in the busy day-to-day hustle of school and activities. Our family likes to make a habit of special one on one dates with the kids to break out of our normal routine and we find this really helps us to focus on our time together. [...]

Connecting With Your Kids

Connecting With Your Kids: Tips & Tricks For Everyday Moments

Did you know there are a mere 15 weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day? Parents tend to put off family activities as we wait for the weather to improve, for the kids to be out of school, or for work to quiet down. How we spend our time with our children NOW sets the [...]