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: Outdoor Adventures

    By Brandy Tanner

    Our family has always loved being outside during the warm New Hampshire months and this year we were blessed to live on the property I grew up at which means we have a pond and a lot of wild life visits. We are able to find ways to enjoy the great outdoors with little to no toys, meaning we use our imagination heavily! […]

  • Time to Play: When We Go Camping

    By Julie Kieras

    When we go camping... It's always more work than we expected! […]

  • Time to Play: Does Your Child Help With Chores?

    By Amy

    My husband and I were JUST talking about this last week. As kids, we both had to complete chores. I think chores are important for children and here is why. Children need to feel as though they're part of something. They can't feel that way if they don't have chores and make contributions to the family. Chores are one of the best ways to build a feeling of competence and establish helpful habits and good attitudes about work. […]

  • Time to Play: Tips on Sending Kids to Camp

    By Jennifer Buxton

    School is out, and summer has arrived. This year, my oldest daughter is going away for weeklong camp, and to say that I'm nervous is an understatement. Preparation is key to getting your child and yourself ready for this exciting adventure. Here's my top 10 tips on sending your child away to camp. […]

  • Time to Play: Swing States

    By Jonathan Rapaport

    Our latest source of marital friction stems from my wife's desire for a swing set. […]

  • Time to Play: Surviving Kindergarten Orientation

    By Debra Muccio

    It's the night before Kindergarten Orientation. Yes, in May. It snuck up on me. It's not that I didn't have the date highlighted in hot pink or anything...I did. It's just that when you've spent almost 5 years glued to a certain little girl, you don't exactly believe the date will ever arrive. […]

  • Time to Play: How to Save Money on Toys

    By Andrew Kardon

    We've all been there. (Many still are!) You're walking the aisles of your local toy store and your little munchkin looks up at you with those big, beautiful eyes holding a new Barbie doll, or a light saber. Maybe it's a pack of Pokémon cards. You're on a tight budget but, come on, parents aren't made of stone. Sometimes we're just too weak and we cave too easily when it comes to toy shopping. The real problem is when we just can't stop! […]

  • Time to Play: Three Ways to Make Spring Cleaning Fun for Kids

    By Andrew Mellen

    It's the weekend and if the first thing out of your mouth isn't, "Who wants pancakes for breakfast?" but rather, "Who's up for Spring Cleaning?," chances are you'll see the family scatter faster than ants at the end of a picnic. So here are three ways to get your kids involved in Spring Cleaning without shouting or pouting-AND get some serious work accomplished! […]

  • Time to Play: Take the Stress Out of Planning Dinner

    By Chris Huston

    When you become a parent, you worry about a lot of things - their health, safety and happiness. But there is only one thing that stresses me out on a daily basis .... making dinner! For some reason the thought of making dinner for my very picky eaters raises my blood pressure every day. And until I have decided on what to feed the family, I think about it all day. […]

  • Time to Play: 5 Ways to Feel Less Guilty About Your Child’s Screen Time

    By Dan Nessel

    Your kids are going to be playing with more electronics. There I said it, let's just get that out in the open. Remember the original iPhone commercials where they mentioned pretty much any activity and then said "yeah, they make an app for that too." Flash forward to 2012 and now you can pretty much mention any toy and say, yep, they make an app for that. […]

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