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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: Financially Fit In 2010

    By Dana Adams

    Perhaps you're among the twenty percent of consumers carrying holiday credit card debt right now. Or maybe you just overextended your budget a bit in the midst of gift-buying and travel, putting your family in lean financial times this month. […]

  • Time to Play: Turn Off the TV!

    By Allison McDonald

    I am going to start this post with full disclosure, my child watches TV. I know how easy it is to turn it on, but it's so much harder to turn it off! Young children learn through play and although they may be yelling at Dora or dancing with the Wiggles, watching TV isn't play. When they play they imagine, they set rules and boundaries, they practice social skills and so much more. […]

  • Time To Play: How to Have a Green Holiday

    By Taraneh Guidry

    The holidays are upon us, and many of you may be wondering how you can make a difference this year. One of the biggest topics in 2009 was to "be green". But what does that really mean? Here are a few tips to help you understand why and how you can have a "green" holiday season: […]

  • Time To Play: Holiday Shopping on a Budget

    By Shannon Shaffer

    The holidays are upon us and shopping is in full swing. Kids are making their Christmas wish lists, with every toy and gift they could ever want. As a mom, I want to fulfill their every wish! In reality, I have a budget to stick to. […]

  • Time To Play: Cyber Savings

    By Devon Weaver

    The first few days after we brought our daughter home from the hospital are, like with most new parents, just a blur now. Diaper, bottle, bath, sleep, bottle, repeat. I remember a sleepless haze covering our little house as we quickly learned how to take care of this precious little bundle. We figured that I would be taking at least a year off from my job (public school teacher), and had planned accordingly by padding our bank account as much as possible. […]

  • Time to Play: Teaching Kids How to Give Thanks

    By Complicated Mama

    How do you teach a 4 year old the meaning of Thanksgiving? Sure, he knows to when to say thank you- but to truly be thankful for something, or someone? How do you teach that? […]

  • Time to Play: The Holiday Wishlist

    By Kerri Jablonski

    Let the holiday shopping madness begin. I can't help but think that the season begins earlier and earlier every year. Maybe I notice it more now that I am a mom, but I swear I heard Christmas music on a commercial at the beginning of last month. […]

  • Time To Play: Developing a Reader

    By Jill Berry

    I'm in the midst of the Great Bedroom Declutter of 2009. Pray for me. With a kid, a preteen, and a teen, you can imagine how much stuff we have crammed in to our house. My children save everything from Halloween candy to Valentine's cards to craft kits to notepads to sheets of stickers to clothes that don't fit to well, name something and I can probably find it in one of their rooms. Add to the mess my old notebooks from school and college, my childhood stamp album, a collection of t-shirts destined to become a quilt, and a host of other items small and large - and you can imagine the clutter. Even my husband has been known to hang on to a few things. As you can see my children get their packrat tendencies naturally. […]

  • Time to Play: Photographer

    By Michelle Cox

    In my book, Autumn claims the prize for the season chocked full of the most vibrant colors. And as an amateur photographer, it also stands out as my favorite season for getting colorful pictures of my family outdoors. […]

  • Time To Play: Without a Play Room

    By Leanne Heilman

    When I was young, not one of my friends had a "play room". Instead, our bedrooms were our domains and we stuffed them with toys, games, posters and memorabilia accordingly. Since then, the play room has become the new house must-have and designated rooms for toys and games are popping up in a number of friend's houses around town. […]

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