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Kids Love to Draw

When my son was a baby, he would sit and babble and coo at everyone. If you sat him on your lap facing you, he would literally try to engage you in conversation by smiling, cooing, and squeaking at you. He’s 2 now… and he is one of the loudest, most articulate 2-year-olds I’ve ever [...]

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The Temper Tantrum: Surviving the Terrible Twos

It happens to every parent. Your child gets to the age of 18 months or a little older and suddenly they run the universe. They’re worse than cats! I know cats like to take over the household as soon as they arrive, but toddlers literally think they rule the world… at least their world. I’m [...]

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Misbehavers

Ah, parenting. A never-ending onslaught of giggles, chaos, and time-outs. The misbehavers: this is our new nickname for the small gaggle of children we call ours. What age is appropriate to begin using time-outs as punishment? Why do kids do so much crazy stuff, especially in groups? Mine do everything from sneaking chocolate to stashing [...]

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Helping your toddler’s speech develop

Posted by admin on January 7, 2012 in creativity, encouragement, Fun, funny, Kids, Teach, Teach and Play, toddlers |

There’s nothing more amazing than watching your toddler begin to speak. For me, my son has been especially intense because he soaks up knowledge, words, and behaviors like a sponge – this can be a bad thing when he’s around people who have some weird or not good habits, but the fact that he’s 2 [...]

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New Year’s Eve Fireworks Safety Tips

Posted by admin on December 31, 2011 in creativity, entertainment, Fun, Kids, parenting, Party, Play, Teach, Teach and Play, toddlers |

It’s that time of year again – one of two days out of the year that fireworks go hand-in-hand with. Aside from Independence Day, New Year’s Eve is a celebratory time that involves happiness, family, usually some alcohol, and – yep – fireworks. These beautiful displays are awesome to watch, fun for the kids to [...]

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Cleaning up holiday messes

Ever wonder what age a child should be to begin helping to clean up? I suppose it depends on what their maturity level is, but you can start having them help as early as 2 years old, or whenever they understand the concept. My oldest daughter was “making her bed” when she wasn’t even 2 [...]

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Kids and the holidays: are they spoiled?

I recently came across an article that cited a survey done on parents about Christmas and presents. Apparently 76% of parents feel guilty about telling their kids NO around the holidays. That’s a pretty high number! Maybe they should take a hint from Jimmy Kimmel: YouTube Challenge – I Gave My Kids a Terrible Christmas [...]

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Creative Ideas for Thanksgiving Sides

‘Tis the season, isn’t it? Time for fireplace warmth, snow, delicious food, baking cookies, and decorations. I can’t tell you how much I love the holidays – Thanksgiving is one of my favorites because it means lots of delicious food, the company of good friends and family, and that warm feeling of being grateful for [...]

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Team Work: The True Meaning of Family

I’m sure that many people have various definitions of family and what it means to be a part of one. Dysfunctional or not, a family is a family and ultimately plays a crucial part in a child’s upbringing and their life. Coming from someone who was adopted by one parent and didn’t stay with her [...]

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My new little friend =)

I kid you not, we had a little wild winter wren crash into our sliding glass door a few nights ago. It landed on our deck after hitting the glass and was sort of trying to wiggle and looked pretty banged up. I watched it with the kids from inside the door for a few [...]

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