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  • DIY Kids Birthday Party on a Budget

    By Diana Miller

    Throwing a birthday party that will wow your friends and family is a lot easier than you may think. You can also pull it off with a limited budget. One fun way that you can help keep the cost down is to make your own decorations. I mean, what child wouldn't love to see a birthday banner with her name on it? Sure, you can pick up one of those generic "Happy Birthday" signs at the dollar store, but why do that when making a personalized one is really simple and cheap? As long as you have a printer, some paper, and string (or ribbon), you are good to go! […]

  • How "Wrong Direction" Got Us Closer to Our Tweens

    By Cristy Clavijo-Kish and Katherine Doble-Cannata

    When children are in their preschool years, it seems easy to engage yourself in the things they like because they're often so cute. You sing the theme songs to their favorite TV programs, read silly books, buy them their favorite characters, and so on. When kids get older, their "loves" are less cute, ranging from superhero stories that are getting more graphic, human, and less animated to your daughter starting to "gasp" over the lead singer in the latest boy band. Many of us have been there ourselves, but we forget the sheer excitement that singing the latest song from that oh-so-amazing boy band can cause in young fans' hearts. […]

  • Creating Custom Nursery Decor

    By Angelo Digangi

    No two babies in the world are alike. From the day a precious little one is born, that child will exude his or her own personality, quirks, likes, and dislikes. So don't you want to make your babe's bedroom just as unique? While retailers offer plenty of cookie-cutter options for furnishing a nursery, one of the best ways to achieve an inimitable space that has as much character as your cutie is to include custom furniture pieces. And with a bit of creative vision, DIY elbow grease, and low- or no-VOC paint, you can make much of what you need in a nursery from some unexpected pieces of home furniture. […]

  • 7 Games to Keep Kids Entertained at a Birthday Party

    By Katie Bugbee

    Hosting a birthday party at home sounds so easy. Just get a cute cake and happiness will follow, right? Well, what about the remaining three hours when you have 20 kids running around your house wondering what they can do? Control the chaos with some creative games. The better prepared you are, the easier the party will be. Plan a game for every 30-45 minutes because it's always better to be over-prepared than under. […]

  • Mobile App ABCs for Parents

    By Patricia Vance

    The new school year is underway. While the focus tends to be on our kids and how best to prepare them for the year ahead, it's also the perfect time for parents to brush up on how to best manage their kids' interaction with the virtual world. As we know all too well, when they're not hitting the books, our kids are often nose-deep in a tablet or smartphone - or begging you to download an app that they claim all their friends have. […]

  • Four Ways to Make Chores Fun for Kids

    By Kyle Albert

    Part of raising a well-rounded child is the task of assigning them responsibilities at an early age, such as helping with household chores. These activities don't need to be associated with the "more work, less fun" idea when there are ways to actually make children interested in washing the dishes or making their beds. To help you out, here is a list of effective ideas that you can incorporate with household chores to make the chores more exciting and fun. […]

  • 10 Creative Halloween Costumes

    By Kristin Hackler

    Instead of piecing together last-minute costumes from last year's Halloween outfits, consider some of the following ideas for fun, easy, and most importantly, creative costumes for your trick-or-treating troupe this year. […]

  • Halloween Broomstick Recipe

    By Tiffany Bendayan

    I am so happy that October is here! It's time to start getting silly and making lots of fun concoctions. I love this Mozzarella Halloween Broomstick treat because it does not contain a lot of sugar and kids LOVE IT!! Plus, it is not gross or scary but very Halloweenie! Making it is very easy. It requires just three ingredients, and your kids can help you prepare it. […]

  • Take Your Kids to Work

    By Tanita S. Gray

    Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom, I had plenty of experience with separation anxiety from my children. As a mother of five, that anxiety kicked in way too often. I have probably brought my children into my workplace a total number of two times in 10 years. Even though my "office job" included being in the fashion industry as a footwear designer and department manager, it included constant overseas travel with everything being due yesterday. In my line of work, no time seemed like the right time to bring them. […]

  • Adapting Play for Children with Special Needs

    By Jamie Krug

    My children are only 16 months apart. When we are at the grocery store, or the drugstore, or a restaurant, people often ask how old they are. When I tell them that my son and daughter are 3 and 4 years old, they often look at me with a mix of horror and pity. […]

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