DIY Meditation Chain

This DIY post was created by guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from You’ve probably heard that meditation offers many health benefits from improved concentration and reduced stress. It’s one reason I made trying meditation my challenge for January. The practice has also shown benefits for children too. As I’ve discovered, focus can be the hardest part of meditation […]

3 Tips to Help Kids Sleep Better

This sleeping tips post is provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Do you have a child who has trouble sleeping? Sleep is so important for our children to stay healthy, learn, and participate in their daily tasks (not to mention that we parents function better when our kids are sleeping well!!). I […]

Fall is in the Air!

These outdoor autumn activity ideas are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Ahhh!!!  Fall is in the air!! I love the feeling of the crisp air, the sight of school buses going by, the taste of homemade applesauce (or apple cake!), and the sound of football on the TV. Those things […]

Family Self-Care: Slowing down with a Spa Day

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 […]

Teaching Your Child to Pack Their Own Gear

Taking Care of You: These parenting tips on teaching your child to pack their own gear are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Teaching your child to pack their own gear for a class or sport activity is a rewarding way to build independence. It may be […]

How To Get Your Kids To Fill Up On Healthy Food

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 […]

Sensory Benefits Pool Play

This post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. It’s that time of year again. The sun is shining, the temperatures are rising and the kids are starting to stir. What could be a better summer activity than Pool Play? We all know how fun sand play can be, […]

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 […]

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

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 […]