Fall Back in Love with Playtime

I know as busy parents it can be hard trying to juggle family and career while also fitting in some "you" time. These days, we are all plugged in 24/7 to technology. Phones, laptops, notebooks, DVRs, and such rule...

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Planning Baby’s Candy Land 1st Birthday

In the realm of party planning, 1st birthdays can be an overwhelming occasion. For some, the thought of having a party for a baby who won't remember anything seems pointless. For others, celebrating that one-year milestone is just another...

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Birthday Party-Planning Tips from a First-Time Dad

Like most parents, I was looking forward to my son's 1st birthday. My wife and I had gone back and forth about theme, size of party, food, and everything else. About 90 days out we became overwhelmed with the...

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Spending Summer Break at Home

May has always been one of my favorite months of the year. I live in Chicago, the home of the long, cold winter. May means a lot to us all. We're told not to plant flowers until this month,...

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Planning a Birthday Party When You Have Multiple Kids

Birthday party planning with three kids—not exactly the easiest task even if the birthdays are spread out throughout the year. For me, my challenges are keeping the birthday party on budget and also coming up with a whole new...

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6 Ways to Throw a Stress-Free Kids’ Birthday Party

Okay. So it's that time of year again to start planning your child's next birthday party. Of course you want the party to be fun and memorable for everyone who is in attendance. After all, this is an important...

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Time to Play: Entertaining the Kids on Rainy Days

As we endure April showers—and for some, an extended winter—we've been getting creative with playtime, quite literally. Boy or girl, baby or big kid, rain or shine, playtime is inherent—especially after a long winter. Beyond the TV and touchscreens,...

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Time to Play: Tips for Getting Siblings to Play Nice Together

As a mom of three, there are no shortages of fights, bickering, and finger pointing between my children. My kids mostly enjoy each other's company, but we have our fair share of not getting along. It’s never the same...

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Time to Play: Purposeful is the New Random

Modern families are busier than ever. With hard-working parents, kids in multiple after-school activities (many folks still aren't listening to the advice from experts to lighten their loads), higher academic standards and rigor, and the bustling business of simple...

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Time to Play: Vulnerability as a Parent

As a young man growing up, I was often taught that vulnerability equaled weakness. This common theme has played out in several different situations from academics, relationships, athletics, and now even into parenthood. Now you would think that this...

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