Imagination is the Best Medicine

A nasty sinus infection left me down for the count recently, leaving my wife to hold down the fort while I did my best to get well. Then, one night around 10 p.m., our son screamed from his bed...

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Family Fitness Activity: Planning a Winter Olympics Challenge

The 2014 Winter Olympics officially takes place in Russia in February, but my family has already started our own family Olympics of sorts right here at home. No, we're not skiing or speed skating. We live in Northern Florida,...

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Celebrating New Year’s Eve With Children

New Year's Eve is always a fun night for adults but the fun doesn't have to stop when you have kids. Over the years planning a fun New Year's Eve has been challenging, especially when the kids were toddlers-an...

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Five Charitable Elf on the Shelf Ideas

In recent years, a peculiar character has found his way into homes, mesmerizing young children and adding yet another facet to the "magic" of Christmas. The Elf, the character in question, has been seen getting into mischief and sometimes...

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How to Agree On a Christmas Budget for Your Kids

This time of year some parents face a serious challenge when it comes to Christmas shopping. Not only do they have to figure out what the kids want (and will play with), but they also have to figure out...

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Stop and Smell the Diapers: Savor Every Moment

Most days the hours between 5 and 7:30 p.m. are a warzone in my house: a flurry of homework, dinner, play, clean-up, arguing, baths, teeth-brushing, and more arguing. Several rounds of sibling spats with at least two full-blown meltdowns...

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TODAY Show: Playthings That Entertain and Educate

We are in the final weeks of the holiday gift buying season and I have had so many people email, text, Facebook message, and down right stop me on the street to ask me what toys and games I...

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Fun Ways To Get Kids Involved in Holiday Party Chores

It's the most wonderful time of the year—or so they say! If you are anything like me, then you may be under some stress planning holiday parties and soirees that take place in your home. During this time of...

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Playing to Learn

With busy school days comes what is for most parents their least favorite activity to do with their kids—homework. I was an elementary school teacher before having kids of my own, and I must humbly confess that I truly had...

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Meredith Sinclair on The Today Show: Thanksgiving Family Games

If you loved Meredith's ideas for Thanksgiving fun, here are some free printables from her segment on the Today Show! Click here to download the Football Bingo game! Click here to download the Parade Scavenger Hunt! Loved the Turkey Toss game? Grab...

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