What is #GivingTuesday?

#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

A Simple Meal Plan 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

The Family Dinner: 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. Click here to see more posts from this series. When I think of Thanksgiving the first word that comes to mind is TURKEY. I admit, I love [...]

Fall Comfort Foods: 10+ Playful Pumpkin Recipes to Warm Your Family ‘s Heart

Fall Comfort Foods: 10+ Playful Pumpkin Recipes to Warm Your Family 's Heart *saving this list of autumn recipes for later

The Family Kitchen: These playful pumpkin recipes are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. When the leaves start to change, so do my taste buds. Suddenly, everything pumpkin sounds delicious. While I adore pumpkin desserts, there are many [...]

The Family Kitchen + 7 Tips for a Calm Dinner (From Parents)!

Tips for a Calm Dinner: & suggestions from parents *great list of ideas

What’s for dinner tonight? The time and effort that goes into planning a family dinner can be exhausting. To help with this struggle, Melissa & Doug is collaborating with three creative parents to provide you the ultimate family kitchen resource. The family dinner table is a great a place to connect with your kids. The [...]

Teaching Your Child to Pack Their Own Gear

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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 [...]

Want to be Pen Pals?

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This post is written by Melissa & Doug guest editor Anna Ritchie. Growing up, I had a number of different ‘pen pals’:  Kids from other schools as part of a writing project, neighbors or friends who moved away, or even my dolls and stuffed animals as part of my imaginary play.  Although letter-writing is, to [...]

7 Creative Ways to Display Art in Your Home

7 Ways to Display Art in Your Home

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been discussing ways to Capture Childhood from behind the lens of a camera. As parents of younger kids, we need to remind ourselves that these simple moments of childhood are fleeting. The primary goal of Capturing Childhood is to embrace and document theses someday-priceless ordinary activities. If you have [...]

Parents’ Corner Question: “How do you get your KIDS to eat their VEGGIES?”

16 Mom-tested Tips to Get Your Kids to EAT their VEGGIES

We asked parents on our Facebook page to share their tips on getting more veggies into their children’s diets… and more importantly, into their MOUTHS. Here’s a sampling of some of the clever — and sometimes downright STEALTHY — food-prep ideas you shared with us: Dip in organic yogurt with sprinkles!! — Allison Wilson Wright [...]