Visiting Santa with a Special Needs Kid

Visiting Santa in a busy mall with waits of an hour and music blasting, only to have the kids climb up on the same lap hundreds, if not thousands, kids have already sat on that week can be stressful....

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Teaching Kids Gratitude and Charity in the Face of Adversity

On the heels of Thanksgiving, a time when we underscore the importance of gratitude and giving thanks, it was my kids who reminded me to be extra grateful this year. Our little family had quite the extraordinary year:...

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Time to Play With the Relatives!

Tis the season for big ol’ family gatherings. From Thanksgiving through New Years Day many of our houses will be brimming with relatives ages 8 to 80. And if you happen to be hosting any of these events, then...

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Fishing for Something Fun to Do?

With the cooler weather in the south, many children and parents are getting a nice relief from the blazing sun. It creates a perfect time for families to get outdoors, get active, and play together! On a nice...

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Goodbye Black Friday, Hello Black Thursday

If you're planning to head to the stores the Friday after Thanksgiving in search of hot deals, you might want to rethink your strategy. Black Friday may be a thing of the past. In 2011, a large number...

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Here Come the Hot Toys!

I know it seems like school just started and you're starting to think about that perfect Halloween pumpkin. The toy biz, though, is already in full holiday mode. If you've been in a store recently, you'll see expanded space...

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Special Needs Water Fun

The end of summer is upon us but the temperatures are still warm. Water toys are a great way to get some sensory play in while still having fun and cooling down. The next three toys are great for...

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Time to Play Special Needs Back to School

Going to school is a big transition for any child. Throw in special needs concerns, and you potentially have a whole new set of struggles. My son is 4 this year, and as of now, he will be going...

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Say It’s Not So! Back to School Already!?

Here in New York, we're into our fourth heat wave of the summer, and nothing could seem more distant than going back to school. Not so for retailers and shoppers, however. The back-to-school sales period is getting earlier every...

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The End of Civilization—No Really, I Mean it This Time

My good friend Lenore Skenazy over at Free Range Kids tipped me off to a story in the New York Times about an alarming new product—food pouches for kids. The basic idea seems to be that when the young...

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