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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Preschooler Birthday Party: Partying with Chuggington

As longtime Chuggington fans, we're no strangers to Brewster, KoKo and Wilson's adventures. In fact, we've hosted a few of our own trainee-themed play dates and parties. I've always loved Chuggington's storylines and the trainees' relevant lessons, which make...

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Sensory Play Helps Toddler Development

Every Tuesday morning, his smile radiates the minute he sees his developmental therapist walk through the door. Each week, she brings an oversized bag filled with toys, which might as well be magical to my 1-year-old. As we continue to...

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Why Redshirting Kindergarten Made Sense for Us

With each Megazord tower, my son stacked a primary-colored Duplo brick on top of another with precision. Like a skilled mason, he took pride in his craft and carefully secured each brick, committing to make each tower taller than...

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Two Steps Forward & Two Steps Back

We sat at my kitchen table on a sunny Spring morning. A pair of child developmental professionals contracted by the state sat before me as my 16-month-old zeroed in on their stack of papers with the hopes of crumpling...

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Tips for Road Trips with Small Children

Raising my family in the Northeast, but with strong ties back home to Virginia Beach (almost 400 miles away), we typically find ourselves making a long road trip several times a year. At this point, I like to fancy...

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What’s on Your Summer Bucket List?

As Phineas and Ferb famously sing: There's 104 days of summer vacation And school comes along just to end it So the annual problem for our generation is finding a good way to spend it... And though we won’t be building a rocket or...

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Planning Baby’s Candy Land 1st Birthday

In the realm of party planning, 1st birthdays can be an overwhelming occasion. For some, the thought of having a party for a baby who won't remember anything seems pointless. For others, celebrating that one-year milestone is just another...

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Time to Play: Entertaining the Kids on Rainy Days

As we endure April showers—and for some, an extended winter—we've been getting creative with playtime, quite literally. Boy or girl, baby or big kid, rain or shine, playtime is inherent—especially after a long winter. Beyond the TV and touchscreens,...

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Time to Play: Babyproofing the Play Area

Childproofing is no easy feat for any parent. Not only is it imperative for household safety, but it also helps to maintain sanity as well. Despite all of my concerted efforts to babyproof our home, somehow in the last...

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