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Taking a Family Timeout: Family Night

This Connecting with your Kids post is brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. Life sure has been busy lately. Running the kids here and there, rushing in the morning to get to work on time, preparing meals, doing the laundry – life just never seems to slow down. And I’ve come […]

Free 4th of July Printables!

Get the kids ready to celebrate Independence Day, with these free 4th of July printables: a word search and a coloring page! We’re sharing two 4th of July printables, to help kids be part of the excitement of Independence Day! Print out these pages, then let your little ones add their own creativity and favorite […]

Celebrate with Paper Patriotic Crafts

This patriotic crafts post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome. With three patriotic holidays in a bit more than a month (Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Fourth of July), the boys and I have been decorating the house with a few red, white, and blue crafts! Celebrating with paper patriotic […]

Connecting With Kids By *Ignoring* Their Interests

This post on connecting with kids is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. Today’s tip for connecting with kids is a bit… unconventional. So often as parents we are told to encourage our children’s interests. I agree […]

DIY Autograph Books

This family travel diy autograph books post was created by guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from Vacation time brings with it family travel and this year we’re headed to Walt Disney World for a little theme park fun. Wild rides and colourful parades will be part of our agenda as will meeting some of our favourite Disney characters. In […]

Babies: Time on the Floor Playing

This baby play post was provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by guest blogger Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Want to help make your baby smarter and stronger? I’ve got the answer… Let them spend time on the floor PLAYING!!!! The time babies spend playing is critical to their development as it plays a crucial role […]

Camping-themed reading picnic for kids

Reading together is one of the most obvious, healthy, and successful ways to connect with your kids. I’m pretty sure you’ve heard that message loud and clear from everyone from your pediatrician, your child’s teachers, friends and family, and every family expert source everywhere. But reading together doesn’t have to mean just the standard bedtime […]

Beginner’s Guide to the Auditory Sensory System

This post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. Understanding sensory processing is extremely important for parents, caregivers, and teachers alike, which is why I am truly excited to be back for the last edition in this six-month series unraveling Sensory Processing and how it relates to all children. […]

Free Printable Card for Father’s Day!

It’s that time of year when we let those special men in our lives know how thankful we are for them, and for all of the ways they enhance the life and heart of each child: Father’s Day! Whatever you and your child(ren) might have planned for your Father’s Day celebration, it just won’t seem […]