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:

  • Time to Play: My Dirty Little Secret

    By Cheryl Leahy

    I am the ultimate girly girl: makeup, shopping, hair, nails, the whole nine yards. I live, breathe, and write about style for a living. You won't find me in sweatpants or without makeup. Here's my secret, though: I absolutely LOVE to dig in the dirt. […]

  • Time to Play: Tips for Designing a Playroom

    By Jay Harris

    Remember how you lovingly picked out each and every item that went into the nursery to accommodate your brand new baby? With that same care and attention to detail, you should design your child's playroom in a way that will most easily accommodate them as they grow! […]

  • Time to Play: My Favorite No-Battery Toys for Kids

    By Serena Norr

    In our heavy tech-loving world it may seem like the only toys out there make a buzzing or a beeping sound. With two kids ages 5 and 22 months, it has been incredible to see just how quickly they gravitate (and understand) tech. While I appreciate its many benefits, I try not to rely on it for everything related to education and discovery. Some of my kids' favorite toys are those that actually don't talk, buzz, or beep, but rather they are those that have no batteries and focus on building everything from hand-eye coordination to literacy to imaginative play and so much more. […]

  • Time to Play: Star Wars as a Mom

    By Michelle S.

    You made it into motherhood without knowing very much about George Lucas' epic saga Star Wars, the stories from "a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away." But lately, you may find it harder to hold conversations, follow analogies, or grasp what junior is going on about. So, here is a FAQ of what you need to know about Star Wars. […]

  • Time to Play: Spring Craft Idea for Kids

    By Angie Ramirez

    With spring already here and many students on spring break, here is a perfect craft to work on this spring break with your kids! My daughter loves to help out, especially in crafts, so she was thrilled to be able to do this craft with me. […]

  • Time to Play: Making Math Fun!

    By Nancy Johnson Horn

    Did you like math growing up? I absolutely hated it. I didn't start liking it until I started teaching it to 2nd graders in East Harlem. I didn't want my students to dislike it, so I found ways to make it fun. As a mom with two elementary school-aged children, I try to make it fun for them, too. Whether it's for math homework or playtime, you can make it fun, too! […]

  • Time to Play: Being Girly is OK

    By Yolanda Machado

    Growing up in the '90s meant a lot of things. It was a time of grunge, it was a time where things started getting more open, and it was a time where women began to shed being "girly" and opted more for being one of the guys. Being overly feminine at the time was often looked down upon and seen as going a step backwards for the feminist movement (even though my 15-year-old self had no idea what being a feminist meant). I held onto this ideal well into adulthood, and when I became pregnant with my daughter, I was determined to keep my "non-girly" ideals intact. […]

  • Time to Play: The Positive Benefits of Musical Toys

    By Teresa Foskey

    As a mom, when my kids were little the thought of them being gifted a toy that made music of any kind made me cringe. I am sure that many of you feel the same way. However, toys that have musical components are not only some of the best toys for them to play with but they also have long-term positive effects on your child's development. This can be especially true for special needs children. […]

  • Time to Play: Raising a Reader

    By Sili M. Recio

    I am a reader. A few years back I was a book buyer. This meant that I was knee deep in some type of literature at least 16 hours out of my day. Can you say divine? […]

  • Time to Play: Easter Bunny Craft

    By Vanessa Diaz

    As Easter quickly approaches, I'm super excited to be sharing a fun craft you can do with or for your kids. I feel honored to be sharing it on Time to Play with you. As all the stores stock their shelves with Easter products, I thought I would share one of our favorite crafts that we love to make to decorate for Easter. It's not only a fun decoration, but it also makes cute little bunny hand puppets for your kids. […]

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