National Craft Month: Promoting Creative Play

Glitter. Glue. Paint. These are just some of the supplies you might have in your arts and crafts arsenal at home. And what better time to break them out and get creative than during National Craft Month? That’s right!...

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Choose the Right Nerf Blaster: Darts vs. Discs

By Chase Kassel I have been collecting Nerf Blasters since I was 8 years old. At the time, I couldn’t imagine the N-Strike line getting larger or better. By the time I was twelve, however, I had built a four-foot...

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Too Many Toys?

Yeah, I know. A kid probably thinks there’s no such thing as “too many toys.” Parents, though, well that’s another matter. We often hear about moms who bemoan the fact that their kids have so much stuff that they...

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5 Ways to Discover Other Cultures Through Play

As a mom raising a bilingual and bicultural child, I’m well aware of the importance of play for so many aspects of my daughter’s development. We know that immersing her in the Spanish language in fun and engaging ways...

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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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What’s It Worth?

Virtually any time I go to a gathering and people find out what I do, I get the same question. "I have an old . What is it worth?" Really, it never fails. While I...

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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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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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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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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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