Top 5 Gift Picks for Older Kids (ages 8 years and up)

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This top 5 holiday–or any day!–gift picks post is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. It’s no secret that often our “big kids” turn to the “little guys’” toys when offered the opportunity.  Of course, many little ones tend to gravitate towards older children’s toys, too.  And [...]

Holiday Messes Don’t Have to Stop the Party: 5 Easy Solutions

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Written by guest contributor Katie Bugbee.   There are your everyday messes, kid’s room messes and playroom disasters. And then there are the messes that come from hosting gaggles of family members for the holidays — and having to feed and shelter them day after day. As a parent, you’ve probably mastered how to get your kids [...]

Top Toy Picks For Baby’s First Christmas

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This pretend play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” -Allison     Babies change so quickly and when you are picking out Christmas gifts for them you want to balance toys they can use right now and [...]

There’s More to Good Eyesight Than Just Good Vision

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These fine motor activities are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. What do kicking a soccer ball, hitting a baseball, copying from the blackboard (or smart board), and reading all have in common?  These activities all require a child to have good visual motor and visual perceptual skills. By [...]

How Do You Keep Your Kids Clothes Organized?

How Moms Keep Their Kids Clothes Organized

It’s the question we all want to know, how are other moms tackling all of those tiny socks and stack of pajama pants? Do they have a tried and true secret the rest of use don’t know about? I asked ten moms one simple question, What works for you, how do you keep your kids clothes [...]

The Cutest Cleaning Crew on the Block

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I’m going to be brutally honest with you: I am the world’s worst housekeeper. There. I said it. My dirty secret is out. My mom is probably cringing with shame as she sees me admit this to the world but there is just no way I could share tips with you about how to get [...]

Toy Rotation & Donation

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The holidays are coming and it is time to address TOYS. Today I am over at Let’s Lasso the Moon sharing … 5 Tips for getting your child to WILLINGLY participate in donating toys. Click here to read the post. Teaching children the power of donation and empathy are important, but sometimes you just need [...]

An Organized Study Area That Works

Creating an Organized Study Area

This has been a year of teaching my children to be more self-sufficient. We started with our bed time routine, then packing lunches and choosing snacks, and have quickly moved on to homework and study time. I’m happy to tell you today with a few simple steps we have turned this once hectic task in [...]

Organize a kid nook in your kitchen

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The kitchen is the busiest room in the entire house and never is that statement more true than during the holiday season. In the coming weeks, the kitchen will be the heart of all your celebrations and festivities–where all the prep work happens and sometimes even the entertaining itself. One of the best things you [...]