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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: 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. […]

  • Time to Play: The Best Job Ever

    By Heather Shaw

    My children have this knack for knowing the exact moment my thoughts have come into focus. Since becoming a mom, I'm not going to lie, I walk around in a hazy fog about 90% of the time. In fact, I think it's incredibly likely that my mommy brain is significantly worse now that my kids are a bit older and a lot more independent. […]

  • Time to Play: Make Time for Family

    By Allie Van Wagoner

    Everybody is busy these days, but we should all be making time to spend quality time with each other. Unfortunately, that can be easier said than done with everyone's schedules and let's face it: we're all too tired at the end of the day. However, I believe that the old saying "Families that play together, stay together" is especially true today. […]

  • Time to Play: Making Time to Play with Your Kids

    By Theresa Seid

    I'll be the first to admit I'm not a get down on the floor and play kind of mom. I love spending time with my five year old daughter, but you probably will not see me playing Barbies anytime soon. Also, being a work from home mom, sometimes I get lost in work, while she gets lost in her toys or even *shutter* TV! […]

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