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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 [...]

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 [...]

How-to Capture Family Photos that Will Melt Your Heart

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You’re standing there watching how adorable your child is and you think, “I have the cutest kid on the planet.” Yet, when you download the photo to your computer or look through the pictures on your phone, they don’t seem to capture the essence of the moment. Below are 7 simple tips that will help [...]

VALENTINE’S DAY CENTRAL: 100+ Treat, Book, Craft, & Party Ideas

Valentine's Day Central: 100+ Treat, Book, Craft, & Party Ideas

We’ve got OODLES of ideas for busy parents and teachers to find that “just right” book, snack, craft, gift, or party plan for Valentine’s Day! So, roll up your sleeves . . . You’re gonna be busy after you FALL IN LOVE with these Valentine’s Day ideas and activities shared by Melissa & Doug Blog [...]

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Family (…and HINTS to help you KEEP them!)

5 New Year's Resolutions for Your Family (and HINTS to help you KEEP them!)

Every new year offers your family a new beginning . . .  A chance to “right” the “wrongs” (or at least the “could do betters”) and do things a little differently. {Tweet this!} Today we’re sharing 5 family-based resolutions for the New Year. May they inspire you to create more memories, refresh your mind (and [...]

Foster Imagination with Battery-Free Toys

Foster Imagination with Battery-Free Toys

This classic-toy gift guide is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Make everyday activities an adventure! — Zina . . . Today I am honored to share with you a few of my favorite Melissa & Doug toys. In a world filled with gizmos, gadgets, and screens, [...]

Improving Sibling Behaviors with Creative Play

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This blog post is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com. So my children DIDN’T end up magically loving to share their toys and spend every second together. Hmm… so strange! I thought I could escape the sibling rivalry phase! But no, like most baby/preschool sibling sets, once the baby became mobile, squabbles over [...]

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 [...]

talking about daylight savings with kids: turn and tell clock

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This play-focused, build those super-important foundational skills idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. For many parents, Daylight Saving Time is a totally uninvited, unwelcome guest. With a simple flick of the clock hands, we magically “spring” forward or “fall” back.  And our children’s fragile sleep [...]