Taking Care of You: Create an Energy List for Self-Care Ease

Moms are so worried about everything — and everyone — else they often forget about time and how their needs are just as important.

This Taking Care of You post is brought to us by Shawn Fink founder of The Abundant Mama Project. If you are like me, you’re lucky if you get 20 minutes of quiet time in your day. If you are really lucky, you might get an hour. If you are like most moms, you probably [...]

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 [...]

Taking Care Of You: Gym Guilt Be Gone!

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Children need healthy parents. They don’t need a mom who is size 2 or a dad with a killer six-pack, but they need parents who can manage their stress, have a healthy heart, and good immune system. There will be times when no matter what we do as parents we get sick, but a great [...]

Boost Your Day with a Morning Ritual

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This Taking Care of You post is brought to us by guest writer Shawn Fink from The Abundant Mama Project. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: When it comes to mornings with kids, there are often two things that come to mind. We either wish for more sleep. Or we wish for more time. The morning rush — whether it be [...]

Crossing Midline – Developing Important Skills

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These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. It probably comes as no surprise that you have two sides of your body; a right side and a left side. What may come as a surprise, though, is how important it is for the right side to be [...]

Get the Wiggles Out with a Winter Obstacle Course!

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These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Is it just me or is anybody else ready for summer? These cold and rainy days – snowy for many of you - with less daylight start to make us all a little crazy (I think!). I hear so many parents and [...]

Foolproof Chocolate Puffs

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Baking with kids is such a special experience. I love to work with my girls in the kitchen but outside of the bigger holidays, it can be a little harder to squeeze in the time to do it. Especially when it means an extended period of measuring, mixing, and rolling or cutting. Sometimes you just [...]

Boredom Buster: Sticky Sand Sensory Play!

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This Sticky Sand Sensory Experience is from guest blogger Melissa of Fireflies and Mud Pies. When grey winter weather has my boys feeling cooped up and cranky, sensory bin experiences often save the day. Our Sticky Sand Sensory Bin provides hours of relaxing pleasure for my children as they dig, build roads, and “cook.” Best of all, [...]

How to Survive Sick Days with Kids

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This how to survive sick days with kids post is from our guest editor Katie Bugbee, the senior managing editor at Care.com. Your child is sick. Whether it’s an ear infection, nasty cold, flu or stomach bug, day care or school is not an option. Neither is music class or the wildly fun playgroup you [...]