Traveling With Kids: Enjoy Afternoons Doing Absolutely “Nothing”

This unique approach to family vacations might make your next trip more memorable. Today our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington of Let’s Lasso the Moon shares the latest post in our Traveling With Kids: Trips and Tips series. When creating your family’s vacation itinerary, I urge you to add a bit of “nothing” to your plans. This summer our family took a vacation in Bayfield, Wisconsin […]

Connecting With Your Kids: Making Room for Meaningful Conversations

This post on connecting with your kids is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina. Click here to see more posts from this series. With packed family schedules and a constant battle with screen time, connecting with our kids has become more and more difficult. Over the years, I […]

15 Tips for Bedtime From Everyday Moms

This post on connecting with your child at bedtime is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. Bedtime. [urg] It can truly be a challenge, especially for parents of younger children. When my girls were toddlers, I sometimes dreaded bedtime […]

Dear Moms: What are your favorite things about being a mother?

Mother’s Day is this weekend and we want to take a moment to pause and ask YOU … Dear Moms: What are your favorite things about being a mother? Be sure to pop on over to Facebook and share your answer. Our Blog Ambassadors replied… Watching my husband grow into a great father … and […]

Connecting With Your Kids

Did you know there are a mere 15 weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day? Parents tend to put off family activities as we wait for the weather to improve, for the kids to be out of school, or for work to quiet down. How we spend our time with our children NOW sets the […]

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 […]

What is #GivingTuesday?

You know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday. So what is #GivingTuesday? It’s a day to remind you to GIVE a favor, a treat, a donation, or a special kindness to a charity, friend, neighbor, stranger — whoever you decide — to celebrate the spirit of GIVING. The idea is for everyone to share the […]

The Family Kitchen: Simple Meal Planning for a Busy Pre-Holiday Week

This family-friendly meal plan is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. The week before Thanksgiving or Christmas can be utterly chaotic if you are hosting. Let’s do some simple meal planning to help you get through the […]

The Family Kitchen: 5 Activities for Teaching Children Gratitude

These playful dinner table activities that focus on teaching children gratitude are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, and are written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington.  When I think of Thanksgiving the first word that comes to mind is TURKEY. I admit, I love a good Thanksgiving feast. While we all know “being […]