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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: 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: […]

  • Time to Play: Time for Fall

    By Suz Besecker

    Fall has arrived in the country and I, for one, could not be happier. Living in Florida normally means hot weather, bugs and steam. But when fall rolls around, everything changes. […]

  • Time to Play: 5 Fun Fitness Games for Kids

    By Cascia Talbert

    Now that school has begun you might find it more difficult to get your kids excited about fitness. In order to decrease their chances of developing childhood obesity, children between the ages of 5 and 12 should be physically active for at least one hour a day. Kids over the age of 12 are encouraged to increase that activity to two hours. If your child is not involved in sports or his school is cutting back on recess or physical education here are five fun fitness games that you can introduce to your child at home. […]

  • Time to Play: Indoor Activities for Kids

    By Andrea Hatfield

    With the recent arrival of the fall season, it is time to start thinking about activities to keep your children entertained while indoors. When it gets too cold to play outside for long, it is crucial for kids to remain active. Sometimes, you have to get creative in coming up with fun things for them to do in the house. I know that my boys get cabin fever during the cooler months which leads to them fighting and driving each other (and me) crazy! […]

  • Time to Play: Fun Lunchbox Ideas

    By Whitney Wingerd

    When I was in first grade, I was hospitalized with a bad case of salmonella. They were never quite sure what caused it but suspected I ate some bad food at some point. My Mom was extremely cautious about what I ate after that. In fact, so much that I remember an entire year of the same lunch every day...Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches. Because they were the least likely to spoil and make me sick. I still can't eat peanut butter and jelly to this day. […]

  • Time to Play: Just the Two of Us

    By Tina Kelley

    This year my son will be in the 1st grade. It's a huge transition not only for him but also for my 4 year old daughter who hasn't yet experienced a full day without him home. There is also the issue that it's a milestone for my son and I'm worried she will feel left behind. […]

  • Time to Play: Toy Storage Solutions

    By Kimberly Ortiz

    As a mom of three boys ages 3, 6 and 8, I can honestly say that on a daily basis I feel like I am living in the midst of a toy explosion. I can't tell you how many times I have tripped or stepped on Legos, balls, Hot Wheels and their latest collecting obsession - rocks. […]

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