Meet Our Guest Bloggers

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: cdamato@litzkypr.com.

  • Time to Play: Educating Through Play

    By Michael Margraf

    Every parent knows the tremendous value of a good toy, but often overlooked are the educational benefits. "Play is an essential component of healthy child development," says Cindy Haines, MD, Chief Medical Officer of HealthDay News. "Play not only contributes to a child's cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being, it also offers numerous opportunities for parents and children to more fully engage with each other." In the earliest ages, almost any type of play is educational. Peek-A-Boo and Pat-A-Cake teach socialization and interaction skills to infants. Most pre-schools today teach children to learn through play. […]

  • Time to Play: Seven Secrets to Stress-Free Birthday Parties

    By Brian McGovern

    Birthday parties are supposed to be fun but so many parents stress out when it comes time to celebrate their child's big day. Here are seven tips that will make planning your next party child's play. […]

  • Time to Play: Saving Money in the New Year

    By Rachael Miller

    Many of us are still suffering from financial hangovers from the Christmas period after spending far too much on gifts, decorations and food in December. It's probably dawned on some of us that January (and possibly February) will be a hard month in financial terms. Whether you need to replace a broken household appliance or simply want to treat yourself, you can do it without breaking the bank and this guide will tell you how! […]

  • Time to Play: Shop Online To Make Real Savings

    By Sarah Simpson

    There is good news for the toy shoppers of today. Braving crowded store aisles is a thing of the past now that it's possible to do all shopping online. […]

  • Time to Play: The Gift of Giving

    By Steven Elias

    During the holidays, family and children come together to celebrate many different things, but also to exchange gifts that were made, reused, or purchased. Gifts for getting the family together and toys that the whole family can enjoy make the holidays truly enjoyable. […]

  • Time to Play: Healthy Lunch Box Tips and Benefits of Cooking with Kids

    By Jennifer Leal

    Cooking with kids both motivates and empowers your children to develop healthy eating habits. It also benefits the entire family as it provides quality time and is a valuable learning tool. […]

  • Time to Play: Toys that Help Children Learn to Walk

    By Emily Vanek

    In my earlier post, I mentioned my youngest son struggles with Dyspraxia. He is delayed about a year across the board. He is 2 and a half now and just recently started walking. Some things that helped him were toys! We had used all of the standard walkers, the grocery carts and other toys designed to help kids walk but I found a few of Chewy's older brother's toys that ended up helping him the most. […]

  • Time to Play: Developing Fine Motor Skills

    By Emily Vanek

    My son is 2 and a half years old and has Dyspraxia (you can read more about dyspraxia and my sons other conditions on my blog). He has issues with his gross & fine motor planning and development. Our occupational therapist and I are always looking at ways we can use the toys we already have in a new way to help him work on a particular skill set. […]

  • Time to Play: Birthday Party Season Has Begun

    By Linda Grant

    Now that the Back to School chaos is over and we are finally settling into a routine, the next big challenge on the horizon: the return of birthday party season. […]

  • Time to Play: Back to School 2010

    By Ofelia Almedina

    As a kid I was always excited about back to school. It was a thrill returning to the classroom with teachers and classmates. My birthday in September always felt extra-special, with textbook distribution happening around the same time. In middle school we spent more time in the hallways, racing from room to room. I noticed everyone else seemed taller, perhaps because of the October 31 cutoff date for registration. In high school I did well on the standardized college tests, and one of New Jersey's most prestigious schools even offered me a scholarship. My parents and teachers encouraged me to accept. Instead, I went to vocational school and got a job. […]

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