Mess-Free Glitter and a Weekend at the Lake

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This post about Mess-Free Glitter fun with friends is brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. Is everyone enjoying their summer? Our family sure is! Over the 4th of July we invited some of our closest friends up to our lake cabin to spend the weekend. The truth is, we [...]

Taking a Family Timeout: Family Night

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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 [...]

Family vacation tips: Keep the peace and connect with your kids!

Connecting with your Kids: Spending quality one-on-one time on vacation

Family vacations are one of my very favorite ways to connect with our kids. Getting away from the everyday routine and exploring new places together creates the most vivid memories. With a husband who travels for work and keeps crazy hours, our time with him is precious. When we head out on an adventure, my [...]

Keeping family dinner slow when life gets fast

Mom-tested, kid-approved slow cooker recipes to keep you fed for 4 weeks.

Anyone else out there a Soccer Mom?? (Or Football Mom, or Basketball Mom, or Dance Mom, or Fill In the Blank our Life is Just Plain Crazy Mom??) Juggling your family’s schedule and making sure everyone gets fed at the end of a long day has to be one of the most universal challenges in [...]

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. [...]

Give Your Kids the GIFT of GRANDMA TIME

Give your kids the GIFT of GRANDMA TIME

What childhood memories do you have of time spent with your Nana? (Or Gammy or Mimsy or insert adorable pet name you had for your grandma here.) Are your children creating everyday lasting memories with their grandma? Or do they only see her on special occasions? Well, prepare to be INSPIRED by this real-life heart-warming [...]

Parent Watercooler: Weekday Mornings

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Prepping for school in the morning is a high-point of stress for many parents. You’re battling the clock while trying to keep your sanity. As children grow from kindergarten to early elementary school students, their daily responsibilities evolve. Their weekday morning routine begins to include: homework assignments, school library books, milk money and more. “The [...]

The “Creative Play, Every Day” Challenge from Melissa & Doug and CafeMom

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We are excited to announce that—starting today—Melissa & Doug and CafeMom are launching our Creative Play, Every Day Challenge!   For the next 10 days, we’re inviting you to explore the joys of creative play with your children! Why “Creative Play”? At Melissa & Doug, we believe that “real play”—open-ended, non-judgmental playtime driven by imagination—is [...]

Arts and Crafts Tip: Stick, Color, and Paint Your Way to Emotional Awareness

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This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we’re exploring emotions and all the wonderful ways you can help your children build emotional intelligence. Yesterday, we highlighted 5 easy, everyday tips, like using the low-stress environment of playtime to talk about what different emotions look and feel like. Using the arts and crafts your child [...]