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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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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Holiday Shopping 2011: The Main Event Isn’t Always Buying

Were you one of the 212 million shoppers that the National Retail Federation said hit the stores over the Black Friday weekend? Or have you waited for this week to get the Cyber Week deals that are being promised?...

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An Attitude of Gratitude: Recalling What Thanksgiving is About

A mom I know and respect recently talked with me about conversations in her 7-year-old daughter's class among the kids about how rich their families were. Now before you roll your eyes, understand that this is an age when...

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It does NOTHING? Ha! That’s what you think!

One of my favorite things to do at this time of year when toys are top of mind for nearly everyone, is to explain to baffled adults-admittedly most of whom don't have young kids-the wonder of a toy that...

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National Trick or Treat Day

I write this column every year, and this year won't be different. Halloween has always been one of my favorites holidays with respect to spending time with my kids. The choosing of Halloween costume (always a long hard decision),...

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Halloween Fun: Trick or Treat or Toys?

This year will mark my twelfth year for trick-or-treating with kids. I'm a seasoned pro. I can spot the candy my kids will toss out from a mile away. I know which neighbors give out the full sized bars...

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When does collecting turn into obsession?

Everyone likes to collect things. I think it's in our hunting/gathering, human nature. My collections sometimes turn into a bit of an obsession. A few of you parents will understand (and probably nod your head) as I explain. It started...

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Parents v. Positive Reinforcement Toys

Lots of toys these days give some form of response that's intended to be positive reinforcement for the play experience. For instance, the toy lights up or makes sounds when kids get the answer correct, or the toy makes...

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Death of the Toy Box

I don't know about you guys, but I hate it when my kids are wanting to play with a certain toy and they end up dumping the entire contents of their toy box, or bins, on the floor and...

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