Our 4 month old: Edie Jean by Liz Stanley of Say Yes

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This Our 4 month old: Edie Jean post is by Liz Stanley of Say Yes. 4 months ago we were blessed with this beautiful little girl joining our family and it’s been a roller coaster ride ever since she arrived. For a while there the first few months there was a lot of colic and frustration [...]

Spring Printable FUN! Part One

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Melissa & Doug’s Spring Printable FUN continues with this Hidden Picture Fun! printable. Color the spaces according to our directions to reveal a surprise picture! Click here to print and enjoy!

Why hearing “Mom, I’m bored!” is a GOOD thing

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These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Have you ever heard your kids say the words “Mom, I’m bored”?  Well, if you have, you should pat yourself on the back and breathe a sigh of relief for a job well done. It seems like in our [...]

5 “Play and Learn” Tips with the New Family Pet

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This post is written by Melissa & Doug guest editor Anna Ritchie. “Mommy, can we get a puppy?”  How many parents have fielded this commonly asked question? In case you caved, don’t fret. While your house may be turned upside-down for a bit, there are some fantastic learning opportunities that you can sneak-in while your [...]

Child-care options from an expert

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This post is written by Katie Bugbee, the senior managing editor and resident parenting expert of Care.com. Whether the baby is coming – or the kids are here (and you need a break!), you have numerous options for childcare. No matter what you need, you deserve to be able to get some of your old life back [...]

Melissa & Doug’s Parents’ Corner: On Tantrums

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This weekend, we asked our Facebook friends if they thought it was possible to avoid a temper tantrum, and if so, how?! Ideas poured in! If you would like to add in your thoughts, just send us a note in the comment section. **From our fan Linda R.: Try not to take kids into a store [...]

Teaching Preschool Math Through Play

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This post is from Erin of Simply Real Moms, an online magazine dedicated to providing relevant information to parents. With backgrounds in education and early childhood development, Simply Real Moms’ editors join us to share effective tips that you can actually use – now! Many parents think of teaching their preschoolers math and immediately start [...]

Turn Your Cellar Space into a Marketplace!

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This clever idea was shared with us by a dad who turned an unused space in his cellar into an inviting Marketplace play area for his daughters. He originally designed his basement to incorporate a wine cellar into a special wall that featured a beautiful arching nook, hardwood flooring, recessed lighting — the works. But [...]

4 Ways Kids Can Show Love

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This post is brought to us by guest editor Carrie Anne from EverythingMom.com. Saying the words “I love you” is important and something our kids learn early in life. Yet love can be expressed in our actions too.  Here are four ways kids can show love toward others: Saying Thank You After holidays and birthdays thank [...]