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  • 10 Ways to Beat Summer Boredom

    By Catherine Moss

    It's summer! The time of year where fun and freedom reigns! It also seems to be the time of year when parents hear "I'm bored" and "What are we doing next?" a couple dozen times a day. I don't know about you, but I don't have the money to pay admission to the local pool, a variety of museums, the zoo, every ice cream shop within a 20-mile radius, or play putt-putt every single day of summer. With this in mind, I have 10 easy, fun, and inexpensive ideas to beat summer boredom. […]

  • Five Rainy Day Activities

    By Amy Chandler

    Whether you're staring down the barrel of summer vacation or a rainy weekend, you'll want new ways to keep the kids entertained and out of your hair. While holidays and weekends are a great time to get things done, they can quickly become boring for your kids if they aren't given something constructive to do. Don't make the mistake of thinking you have to spend big money to keep the little ones busy. With a few household items and packages of stickers, you can keep the kids busy and entertained for hours. Here are five ideas for projects for the kids that won't break the bank: […]

  • Best Toys to Keep Kids Active

    By Melissa Rodriguez

    Do your kids spend more time exercising their thumbs on their favorite video games than actually going outside and playing? A lot of our children are spending more time on the couch playing games on phones, tablets, and video game machines. While this is not entirely bad, too much of this can't be good for our children's health. Kids are supposed to get 60 minutes of activity each day. We have to make subtle lifestyle changes to get our children more active. Children are not going to want to go outside and run laps and do jumping jacks. That's boring! It has to be fun. […]

  • A Kid's Guide to Birthday Party Etiquette

    By Makeba Giles

    Birthday parties are always a lot of fun. It is a time for kids to connect with each other outside of the classroom or adult family functions. It is a space that is designed just for them to relax and have a good time! And while this is definitely true, there are still some steps of etiquette that should be followed by both the children and the parents to ensure that everything goes smoothly. […]

  • Encouraging Creative Play

    By Connie Gomez

    If you want to see creativity and imagination, then watch a child play for an hour. It always amazes me how interesting lifeless toys and objects can be to a child. My children are toddlers: Santi a 3-year-old and Cami a 2-year-old. Every day is a learning experience not only for them but also for me as a parent. […]

  • First Birthday Party: A Cautionary Tale

    By Hannah Mayer

    My eldest daughter's first birthday party had all the pomp and circumstance of a royal wedding officiated by Jesus himself. Our guest list included more than 100 people. We had a bounce house. We had a professional smash cake. […]

  • Decorating Children's Birthday Cakes, Cupcakes, & Cake Pops (It's Easier Than You Think!)

    By Gilda Aliberti

    Having children has taught me to never say never. Before I had children, I attended my best friend's child's first birthday party. She made a three-dimensional duck cake and I said to her, "I will never do this. I will buy cake for my kids." Lo and behold, here I am with an 8 year old and a 6 year old and I've never bought a birthday cake for either of them. […]

  • A Paris-Themed Birthday Party for a 1-year-old

    By Rebecca Koskinen

    Planning a first birthday party felt like a lot of pressure. I had certainly done a good job of building it up in my mind. After all, we not only survived this first year of parenting, but also came out pretty nicely on the other side. But how should we celebrate? Who should we invite? A party so important in some ways, and so trivial in others, haunted my sleep. My OCD mind needed to be relieved. The only cure? A plan. . . and quickly! […]

  • How to Host a Party for Kids with Food Allergies

    By Jodi Grundig

    As the mom to a daughter with food allergies, I'm especially sensitive to planning birthday parties that are allergy-friendly. While I do think that the onus of the child's safety is primarily on the allergic child's parents, there are things you can do when planning a party to make sure that everyone is safe and has a great experience. […]

  • Tips on Hosting a First Birthday Party for Your Second Child

    By Shaquan A. Grove

    I remember flipping through my childhood photo album and noticing that I had far less birthday pictures than my older sister. My mother jokingly said, "things happen when the second child comes along" and that's when I vowed to equally celebrate birthdays for my kids. Fast forward several years later, it was time to start planning our youngest son's first birthday party. I marked the calendar, gathered theme ideas, and began making the guest list. My husband and I are pros when it comes to parties and we'd planned several awesome birthday parties for our older son, so why would the second first birthday party be any different? […]

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