Creative Play Quick Tip: Thinking Game to Play in the Car

Long road trips (and any significant drive) can be tough for little ones used to moving all day! Refocus their energy by playing “What Am I?” Each person takes a turn describing an animal (or insect or object) without naming it. Younger children may need some help giving a description that will allow the players to […]

Mother’s Day Message from Melissa

The greatest moments of being a mother for me are the occasions when the expressions of love and appreciation come naturally. The gifts for me come in those wonderful drawings, stories and poems handed to me when I least expect it, or the “I love yous” that are said with such spontaneous intensity and passion […]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Beaded Necklaces for Mom

This creative play craft and activity for Mother’s Day is  brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Make a beautiful bracelet or necklace for Mom with this pretty bead “bouquet!”   – Valerie These beaded necklaces are so much fun to make, and they would be such a special […]

Stacy Shares: The Reasons I Love Being a Mom

This inspiring graphic is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, created by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. What little moments end up being your favorite reasons for being a Mom? We’d love to hear them in the comments!  —Stacy Happy Mother’s Day, everyone!! I hope you get to do at least a few of […]

Parent Watercooler: Give Mom a Box of Love

This gift tutorial is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Keep the light of curiosity alive!   – Zina Still searching for a unique Mother’s Day present? A small “Box of Love” is the perfect gift for Mom. While I keep the clutter at my work desk […]

5 Ways to Preserve Family Memories

Take a photo a day! What a great way to record your child’s growth, progress and activities. Once a day too much for you? How about once a week? Post your photos to Facebook, make a photo album or both! Bonus: Personalized photo gifts (perfect for grandparents!) are easy to order online when you have […]

Communicate without Words: 5 Nonverbal Tricks that Speak Loud and Clear!

Eye Contact What to do: Look your child in the eye when he/she is talking to you. What it says: “I hear you, and I’m paying attention to what you’re saying.” Tone of Voice What to do: Keep your voice calm and steady, even when your child is overwrought. What it says: “You can trust […]

Chat with Children: Talk, Listen and Learn

This educational activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. What better way to chat with children than while their hands are busy crafting?  –Amy It’s easy to forget that time with our kids–even if it’s just sitting next to them as kids are crafting or snacking–can […]

Earth Day Link-Up with Our Blog Ambassadors

5 Easy Ways to Raise Earth-friendly Kids by Amy of Though my kids may scream at the occasional spider, cry when snow fills their boots or melt when the temperature reaches 110 degrees, I do believe they’re Earth-friendly, outdoor-loving kiddos. And there isn’t a whole lot to it. In celebration of Earth Day, here […]