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 [...]

Baking with kids: Crack an egg like a pro!

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Spending time with kids in the kitchen is one of the most entertaining opportunities for sharing life skills. My girls have always enjoyed baking with me but this summer my 7 year old expressed an interest in upping the ante when it comes to helping out. I knew the time had come to start teaching her [...]

Family Self-Care: Slowing down with a Spa Day

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This Taking Care of You post is brought to us by Shawn Fink, founder of The Abundant Mama Project.  I remember a day eight years ago when my twin daughters were about two months old and my husband bought me a day at the local spa as a gift for my birthday. It was a lovely [...]

How To Get Your Kids To Fill Up On Healthy Food

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I stress about what my kids eat. I just do. I want them to have a healthy foundation because I know that as they age I won’t have any say on what they eat. The thing is parents really don’t have as much a say as we wish we did even when our kids are [...]

Back to School Homework for Parents

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This post is written by Katie Bugbee, the senior managing editor and resident parenting expert of Care.com. Summer is coming to a close and the sound of school bells are in the near distance. But before we dream of first day photos and plan lunch box notes, here are nine tips to prep kids – and yourselves [...]

Going to Grandma Camp

Going to Grandma Camp

Today’s post is brought to us by Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com If you’re a grandparent or caregiver during these carefree summer months, you likely are just waiting for those dreaded words: “I’m bored!” Here’s an alternative to kids wandering aimlessly about the house like so many pinballs bumping into each other… Grandma Camp! (Or Auntie Camp, etc!). [...]

Week 2 of Summer Fun is Here!

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Here it is ~ Week 2 of your fun Summer Calendar! Each Monday we’ll bring you another exciting week of our Summer Calendar! You’ll find June packed with game ideas, indoor and outdoor activities, arts and crafts, family-friendly tips for traveling with the kids, and special features dedicated to “Taking Care of You”! You can download and print this week’s interactive [...]

8 Things to Prep for this Summer

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This post is written by Katie Bugbee, the senior managing editor and resident parenting expert of Care.com. Olaf loves summer. And so does every child on the planet. But this season of no school and longer daylight hours can often mean more work and more planning for parents and caregivers. Here are eight of the most important [...]

Best Toddler Parenting Advice from Our Fans

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We Asked You to Give Us Your Best Toddler Parenting Advice and You Came Through with Some Great Comments! One common theme was patience: Just breathe! Count to 10 first. And laugh  a lot! Parenting a toddler is the hardest thing I’ve ever done! I’m learning to have more patience than ever before, to learn [...]