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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: Teaching Your Child to Read

    By Anca Andreea Ciociu

    As a mom of a beautiful and intelligent little girl, I was very motivated in teaching her to read. But as you probably know, most children don't start actually "reading" until around 6 years, and I believe that every child is different and will learn at their own pace. It is very important that we as parents pick up on those cues, but more important is to make learning fun. […]

  • Time to Play: Girls Can Play Boys Games, Too!

    By Liz Cerezo

    There came a time in my life when I realized that as a mom of boys, I had to learn how to act, think and play like a boy. My husband has sort of taken on the reins in this department, and for a while, I was totally fine with that decision. With typical rough-and-tough playtime becoming a thing of the past, we soon found ourselves in the world of video games. I have always been a fan of video games and we've had our fair share of gaming platforms, but what happened between my son and I many moons ago will forever stay in our hearts. Let me take you back nine years to the era of the Nintendo GameCube. […]

  • Time to Play: Encouraging Play through Food Toys

    By Jana Banin

    For a long time we bought my son Benjamin every toy he so much as blinked at. It probably sounds like we were spoiling him, but really we were just desperate to get him to do what most kids do naturally: Play. See, because of his autism, playing is something that does not come naturally to him, and something that since his diagnosis seven years ago at the age of 2 we've been trying very hard to teach him. […]

  • Time to Play: Card Games with the Kids

    By Dave Taylor

    Let me get my bias out up front: I believe all good games are social and that playing games should be a social experience. I spend many hours each month sitting around a table with friends playing board games both simple and ridiculously complex, and have tried to instill a similar sense in my three children, a teen, tween and 9yo. Video games with live chatting many see as similarly social, but just as an in-person cup of tea with someone is so much more fulfilling than a phone call, I think being in the same space, playing and laughing together is so much more rewarding and nurturing that I really don't even see video games and computer games as "games" at all, in the same sense. […]

  • Time to Play: Lessons I've Learned From My 7 Year Old

    By Melissa Chapman

    My experience mothering my first child, a girl, was very nearly the quintessential experience I'd envisioned- from the moment they tucked her little red tuft of newborn hair under a pink infant cap, swathed her in a baby blanket and placed her on my chest. Granted I'd just been through hours of agonizing back labor, and being at a teaching hospital I'd felt like my lady parts had been viewed by everyone and their mother in law by the time I finally pushed my girl from my womb. Still lying in bed with her I had visions of tea parties, dressing up Barbies, watching every Disney princess film I could get my hands on, as she donned a tiara and plastic princess heels and of course hours spent playing house in a pretend kitchen (perfect for me the NON COOK) and all pursuits stereotypically girly girl. […]

  • Time to Play: An Octane-Obsessed Little Girl

    By James Zahn

    Around the Blogosphere, there has been a lot of discussion regarding "gender-neutral" toys in recent months. There's been a lot of finger-pointing at toymakers and retailers for allegedly embracing stereotypes, though more often then not, I tend to see parents making an attempt to guide their children toward or away from certain playthings - not some faceless, corporate overlords. I say, "let the kids play with what they'd like." […]

  • Time to Play: Halloween Fun for Kids and Adults

    By Raijean Stroud

    The boychild and I are all about Halloween Fun! Ever since I was a little kid, I've always loved this time of year and so does the boy! Each year we both go in search of the perfect costume! This year he decided he wanted to be Spider-Man, which I thought was boring but hey it's his life! This year we are doing a multitude of things in the spirit of Halloween Fun! I truly believe it's the one-day of the year where you can get as creative as the family likes. […]

  • Time to Play: Toys Blurring the Line Between Science and Play

    By Julia Goodell

    "Kids learn through play" are words we hear all the time now. Playtime used to be brushed off as kids simply entertaining themselves, but today it is widely accepted that through play the foundations of physical and cognitive development are laid. It is almost solely through play that kids learn to interact with the world around them. Directly connected to play, of course, are toys. They act as the right hand man to 'play.' Even before there were toys as we know them, little ones were using their imaginations to turn anything and everything into some form of a toy to create a richer playtime. […]

  • Time to Play: Educational Benefits for Preschoolers Using Tablets

    By Jennifer Hay

    In this technologically advanced society it's no surprise that children as young as three and four are getting in on the hype. Studies have shown that children who have computers at home performed much higher in reading and math than children who do not have access to computers. […]

  • Homemade Fun

    By Hillary Chybinski

    Looking around my cluttered house, it seems that my kids have plenty of choices for things to play with. However, that doesn't stop them from uttering that age-old childhood complaint... "Mom...we're BORED!" […]

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