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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: 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. […]

  • Time to Play: Let's Pretend

    By Tara Hernandez

    Imagination, pretend play, and dress up are something all children have in common. Imagination plays a very important role in a child's up bringing. It helps them to be creative thinkers and will help them to "branch" out of normal everyday life. When we think of pretend play we usually think of small children, but really pretend play is good for any age. Not only can small children use pretend play to play Doctor, Mom, Dad, Teacher, etc... but we can also use pretend play to teach children how to react to certain situations and about different occupations. Here are some ideas to get the imagination flowing in your children. […]

  • Time To Play: The Birthday Shuffle

    By Karen Coutu

    Planning birthdays in regards to boy/girl twins is difficult enough, but when you throw a 3rd child's birthday into the mix just two weeks prior, things become even more complicated. This is exactly the case in our household. Our twins will turn 3 years old in mid January. Our older son will be turning 6 at the beginning of the same month. Not wanting to have any one child feel shortchanged, how do we celebrate each birthday with both his or her peers and our family members? […]

  • Time to Play: Goodbye Summer

    By Stacey Moore

    I cannot believe how fast this summer has flown by. With school starting on August 11th (August 5th for us teachers), we have already started to get ready for back to school. We are excited each year to begin preparing for a new school year as getting ready for school is a little different at our house. Yes, we have a Kindergarten Princess and a 5th grade Superstar to prepare but as teachers, my husband and I have classrooms to prepare as well. We have shopped and purchased all the necessary supplies, clothes, and teaching resources to prepare us for the first day of school. […]

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