A Screen-Free Week. Why You May Want to Try It

At this writing, we are about halfway through the annual Screen Free Week, the brainchild of the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood (CCFC), an advocacy group that tries to reduce the impact of advertising on kids. I’m curious: Are...

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Special Needs Kids: Tips for Daytrips

When you have a special needs child, sometimes getting out of the house and into the crowds and hustle and bustle of the city can be difficult. Whether you need wheelchair access or a quieter atmosphere, simple excursions like...

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Game Of Thrones—Toddler Edition

Call me old fashioned. Toilet training is a rite of passage. It is something children need to master before entering school. Toilet training can generally start around 22 months to 30 months, and typically boys are trained by 38...

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Broadening Horizons

I grew up in a much less technology-powered time, as virtually any adult did today. We had no iPods or internet, and other than game shows and the occasional horror movie there was nothing on TV for kids in...

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Your Lovely Parting Gift: Goodie Bag Ideas

It's not just celebrities that are on the party circuit! It seems like there's a kids' birthday party every weekend—and, gasp, sometimes it's your turn to throw the shindig. When you're the hostess with the mostest (and sometimes the...

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Valentine’s Day Ideas

Valentine's Day for me evokes memories of making tissue box mailboxes and trying to eat all of the sugary goodness that came with cute pictures of cats on tiny cards before getting home from school. These days kids give...

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That’s… Really NOT Okay

I love children's books and everything about the moments I get to share with my kids while reading to them, and now, them reading to me. (*sigh*...How fast they grow.) I love that, "Just ONE more book, Mommy…please?!!" are the...

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The Gender Thing

I'm hoping that this is the year we can all start having an honest conversation about toys, gender identity and socialization. It's certainly a topic that can get people all worked up, but is it real? I don't think...

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Toy Rentals—Are They Worth It?

You know about renting films, cars, even handbags or bridesmaids dresses. But how about renting toys for your kids? Is this a good idea? Certainly several sites and some news outlets have been buzzing about this as a new...

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Rotating Toys = A Happy Mom

At our house, we have toys coming out your ears. With three boys ranging from three to twelve years-old, We probably have about every toy they sell in the "boy aisles," or at least that's the way it seems...

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