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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: 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!" […]

  • Time to Play: Top 10 Back to School Supplies

    By Ruby Wright

    Back to school shopping is my favorite time of the year because I have two little ones ages 3 and 4 who love to do activities. […]

  • Time to Play: Never Too Old to Play

    By Arlett R. Hartie

    I was not that kid who neglected or out grew her toys. I loved them all and played with them until they broke or got lost. I had all kinds of toys: dolls, kitchen sets, games, stuffed animals, little robots, video games, card games, bikes, scooters and more. I even had a race track set. No such thing as boys only toys in my house. My most favorite of all were my dolls. I still have a warm place in my heart for Cabbage Patch Kid dolls. At the age of 32 I'm not ashamed to say I still have about six Cabbage Patch Kid dolls in my basement right now. […]

  • Time to Play: Road Trips

    By Dwan Perrin

    Road trips can become mundane quick, especially if the drive is more than a couple of hours. Add in fidgety kids in the back seat and the whole family is ready to crawl out of their skin before you are half way to your destination. Doesn't sound like much fun, does it? Your vacation does not have to wait until you reach your destination to start. There are lots of ways to make the drive enjoyable for everyone. […]

  • Time to Play: Disconnect to Reconnect

    By Meredith Sinclair

    I was a girl of the 70's & 80's. An era where people were limited to the phones in their homes, and they weren't at all smart. Those brightly colored, push button plastic contraptions were usually connected to the wall by long spirally leashes and had no voice mail, fun little apps, or texting. If you needed to speak with someone, you waited until they were home - and off the phone. As a society we were far less reachable, accessible, or bothered. We mainly shared photos of family adventures and other cool things we did with people who actually knew us. Not in order to collect "likes" on Facebook, or followers on Twitter. And we spent hours upon hours roaming the hood with our pals playing hard and getting dirty. "Screen-time" wasn't even a word. […]

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