Helping Your Child Get Ready for Back to School

For many of us, summer is coming to an end, and the new school year is upon us. As much as I love summer and being able to spend more time with my daughter doing outdoor activities and having...

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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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Make Family Reunions Fun for Everyone Through Play

Summertime is synonymous with big ole family soirees. A season when close friends and relatives travel near and far in honor of beach vacations, campgrounds, backyard barbecues, and family reunions. And with an array of generations trying to connect...

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How to Help Siblings to Get Along

I've realized that there is no rhyme or reason to what makes my kids get along with one another on any given day. It doesn't matter that two of my children are 15 months apart or that the oldest...

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Hosting a Fabulous Slumber Party for Girls

My 9-year-old daughter is getting to the age where she wants to have more bonding time with her girlfriends. Gone are the days of playdates. My daughter and her friends now require more time doing girlie things together, such...

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Five Road Trip Toys for Special Needs Kids

We did it! We survived a road trip with three kids. From Denver to St. Louis, we drove and drove and drove. Fourteen hours in the car with three boys ranging in age from five to fourteen, I thought...

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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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How to Make a Simple Homemade Slip ‘n Slide

Nothing screams SUMMER quite like a slick plastic water slide in the backyard on a hot and steamy day. And while the store-bought Slip 'n Slides are great fun, this year my boys and I decided to take just...

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Raising a Tween

I have a tween that is too cool for everything, and I'm starting to think that includes playing. These days it seems all he wants to do is lounge around or sit in front of a computer. Each day...

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