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Crossing Midline – Developing Important Skills

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These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. It probably comes as no surprise that you have two sides of your body; a right side and a left side. What may come as a surprise, though, is how important it is for the right side to be [...]

Potty training a strong willed child

Potty training a strong-willed child

We never potty trained our first child. When the time came, she managed it all herself. She went cold turkey on diapers one day and never looked back. I assumed with our second child that if we were patient enough, the same would happen. I should have known better. My second daughter loves to prove [...]

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 [...]

Fun & Educational Tips for Gardening with Kids

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Fun & Educational Tips for Gardening with Kids by Kim Vij This gardening post is brought to us by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It Spring has a way of magically inviting our families outdoors to stop and enjoy nature and all the transformations that are occurring. One special thing to do as [...]

Scheduling Summer Needs Before the Rush

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This scheduling summer needs post is written by Katie Bugbee, the senior managing editor and resident parenting expert of Care.com. Last year I missed out on the camp of my dreams – for my son, of course. It was a farm camp. And the kids had barn and stable assignments, which I thought would be [...]

5 Tips for Dining Out with Kids

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This post is brought to us by guest editor Carrie Anne from EverythingMom.com. Our kids are like a blank canvas, unwittingly looking to us to help them fill this space with splashes of experiences and knowledge. Dining out is one way to add to this canvas, expanding their palate beyond the fast food family chains. [...]

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 child-care options 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 [...]

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 [...]