10 Tips for Your Water Park Trip

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These water park tips are provided by guest blogger Joyce from Childhood Beckons. My family gets season passes to a local water park each summer, and it’s often our go-to summertime activity. Over the years, we’ve learned a few things, and often we’ve learned them the hard way. Is visiting a water park on your family’s summer [...]

Spending 1:1 Time with Dad for Father’s Day

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In June, we celebrate Father’s Day, honoring the fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other male role models who have shaped our lives for the better. Strengthen these lifelong connections with your own children by sharing the best of yourself – and your time. Here are some tips for Father’s Day to help your family stay connected. For dads [...]

Creating Thank You Cards for Teachers

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Another school year is quickly coming to a close, which means that it’s almost time for your child to say goodbye to one classroom, and move on to another. However, before they do this, don’t forget about the teachers! Helping your child learn to reflect on their year, and show gratitude to their teachers, will help build [...]

9 Ideas for Quality Time With Mom

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This Mother’s Day, after some well-deserved time doing something special for yourself, pull out your calendar and schedule some quality time with your child. Whether it’s a special meal, a surprise outing, or an after-dinner stroll, taking time at least once a month with your kids – individually – builds strong bonds, create memories, and lets [...]

5 Tips for Gardening with Kids

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Time for some gardening! This weekend, many families will likely begin (or continue) their annual gardening expeditions; cleaning up sticks, planting seeds, and more! Rather than having your kids feel like gardening is a “chore”, here are a few tips for gardening with kids from our guest blogger Adrienne (theiowafarmerswife). One of our family’s favorite [...]

3 April Fools’ Day Tricks for Kids

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Whether it’s April Fools’ Day or any day, it’s important to get kids–and parents–laughing a little each day.  Smiles are good for the spirit, and laughter IS the best medicine. In the spirit of of a little good-natured joking, check out what snacks and sweets got our Blog Ambassador Amy (of teachmama.com) and her family [...]

Parent Watercooler: Weekday Mornings

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Prepping for school in the morning is a high-point of stress for many parents. You’re battling the clock while trying to keep your sanity. As children grow from kindergarten to early elementary school students, their daily responsibilities evolve. Their morning routine begins to include: homework assignments, school library books, milk money and more. “The essence [...]

How to Make Watercolor Chinese Lanterns

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This blog post was written by our special guest blogger Adrienne (theiowafarmerswife). Chinese New Year is right around the corner (officially begins on Sunday, February 10th) and what better way to celebrate than by making some beautiful homemade Chinese Lanterns?  Lanterns are a popular symbol throughout the Chinese New Year celebration; the end of which is marked by [...]

4 Heartfelt Valentine’s Day Gifts Kids Can Make

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Written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. It’s Happy Heart Day again (aka Valentine’s), and more than letting this day be simply a greeting card holiday, it can also be a time to teach children about showing love and kindness to others. Creating a treat or gift to drop [...]