Goal Setting and Encouraging Positive Behavior

These tips for encouraging positive behavior were contributed to the Melissa & Doug blog by guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Every parent struggles with disciplining his or her children. Very often there is a difficult balance between establishing and enforcing rules. Consistency is one of the most important concepts […]

Helping Kids Decompress after School

This post for the Melissa & Doug blog comes from Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Kids yelling on the playground,  their constant chatter in the cafeteria, papers being shuffled, teachers talking over kids’ chatter, the touch of the kid behind you in line bumping up against you, the leg of the kid next to you during […]

Sibling Activities with Dolls

This sibling activities post is brought to us by guest blogger Kim Vij at The Educators’ Spin On It Happy National Siblings Day! Do you have a special sibling to honor today? Encourage your child to do something special for their sibling day to celebrate. One super fun thing to do is to create a […]

Daylight Saving Time – Changing the Clock!

This Sunday marks the beginning of what’s known as “Daylight Saving” time, when most people in the United States will move the time on their clocks ahead by one hour (the time officially changes at 2:00 am on Sunday). In recent years it may have become simpler to make the change to Daylight Saving because so many clocks are automatically updated, like on cell phones, tablets, etc. […]

4 Important Things to Learn from Playtime!

Play, play, play . . . every day! Running, jumping and playing games are some of the best parts of growing up! Playtime is also a terrific opportunity to introduce children to concepts that they will need to know, like how to get along with siblings, utilizing important safety skills, and even understanding how clocks and the calendar work. Some of your favorite bloggers […]

Back to School Homework for Parents

This back to school 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 […]

FREE PRINTABLE: Healthy-Eating Shopping List for Kids

This shopping list for kids is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Has your little one been living on a diet of 95% Goldfish crackers? Getting kids, especially toddlers, to eat healthy can be challenging. One of the best ways to get kids to try new things […]

Making a Calendar with Preschoolers: Part Two

Last week, Kim Vij from The Educators Spin On It shared Fun Ways to Teach Your Kids About Calendars on the Playtime Press. Our readers loved the post so much that we asked Kim to share a few additional ideas on how to continue the learning and fun with calendars! Using her Print Your Own […]

Unwind With Quiet Time Toy Bins

Even with all the amazing summertime activities you may have planned, chances are your kids will still need a little downtime in the months ahead. So, this week in our Summer Fun Calendar, guest blogger and mom of quadruplets, Rebecca (A Beautiful Ruckus) shares creative ways to help kids unwind with Quiet Time Toy Bins. Read her […]