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The TTPM Guest Blogger Program highlights a variety of online voices to share personal stories, offer family-friendly tips, and connect with TTPM readers. If you are interested in more information on how to become a guest blogger for TTPM, please contact Christie Damato:

  • Time to Play: 10 Ways to Reinforce Preschool Learning

    By Amanda Henson

    In an age when public and private preschools are nearly impossible to enroll in, it can be frustrating and down-right difficult to think of new and fun ways to reinforce learning and introduce important skills at home. Preschoolers are hungry to learn though and nearly everything in your home can be used to reinforce important life and learning skills. Everything from paper plates to the set of dice your husband uses to play poker with can be used to expand your child's knowledge and learning base. Take a look at some of the household items you can use right now to build a solid foundation for your child's future learning. […]

  • Time to Play: 5 Things to Do When You Don't Know What To Do

    By Chris Lewis

    As a parent there are so many times where you get stymied by the day to day issues that you have to do that it becomes hard at times to take time out of that schedule to be able to simply be present in the lives of our children. With that in mind I wanted to share five ideas that all of you can use in providing yourself a way to be able to find time and to be present with your kids (with no or little cost). […]

  • Time to Play: Stay on Track for the Holidays

    By Monica Brady

    As I sit here struggling with a slight case of writer's block, staring at the pack of P90X DVDs sitting next to my laptop, it finally hits me... I need to remind myself how much I need to stay motivated to continue on in my workout program, through the holidays, through all the yummy meals, and desserts, and the fact that my workout buddies are traveling for the holidays. Yes, I need to stay motivated and stay on track... and I'm sure that I'm not alone in this. Come on, you know you need to keep up your fitness routine too! How about we do it together? How? Keep reading! […]

  • Time to Play: Holiday Traditions

    By Liz

    The traditions we hold near and dear to us during the holidays can mean as much to us as the holidays themselves. They provide a sense of comfort, and security, and we know they'll remain the same regardless of life's unpredictability. […]

  • Time to Play: A Sense of Humor is Key to Holiday Survival

    By Gretchen White

    It was one of those December nights before Christmas, when all through the house, people were screaming. […]

  • Time to Play: 5 Ways to Tame the "Gimmies" at Christmas

    By Felicia Carter

    Christmas is such a magical time of year. It seems that everyone is just in a better mood and there is a feeling of hope and love in the atmosphere. With that said, there can also be a bad case of the "gimmies" going on in your house. What are the "gimmies"? That's when your child needs every single thing he or she sees (Give Me...). So, when would be a better time than Christmas to conquer this? After all, it is the season of giving. Here are 5 practical ways you can foster a sense of giving or valuing others during the Christmas season. […]

  • Time to Play: Teaching Children to Give

    By Annie Shultz

    When I was a little girl, money was tight. Not just tight - think choosing between food and electricity, tight. We learned fast where all the best food pantries were and how to buy a loaf of bread for 20 cents. When Christmas came around, my mom's heart sank because she knew there was not going to be a single gift under the tree. […]

  • Time to Play: Surviving A Picky Eater This Holiday Season

    By Dee Owens

    I never thought I would end up with a picky eater. Unfortunately, my 4 year old takes one look at my dinners and proclaims, "I don't like that!". He has quickly learned that I am not a short order cook and he will be eating what the rest of us are having. Over the past year I've learned how to get him to eat things he normally wouldn't. […]

  • Time to Play: 5 Ways to Play Football with a 5-Year-Old

    By Tony Chen

    After watching 300-pound grown men pound each other on the football field on TV for an hour, my 5-year-old and I instinctively run to get our shoes and meet each other in the backyard. It's half-time on TV, but it's game time at Chen Field. […]

  • Time to Play: Tips To Help Your Children Enjoy Sports

    By Jessica Fuqua

    It's a fact that many kids are moving away from organized sports and after school activities. More and more children are instead sitting in front of the television watching their favorite shows or playing video games that aren't getting them active. There are many reasons kids are not participating in organized sports, here are just a few of those reasons: […]

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