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St. Patricks Day Ideas for Kids

St. Patrick’s Day is a way to celebrate spring and all things green. Even if you are not Irish, celebrating the holiday is a way to add fun and opportunities to teach kids about another… read more

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Smarty Blocks Stack Up Brain Power

My 5-year-old son and I recently played Smarty Blocks, a game that stacks up the brain power for little learners and growing minds. The materials are simple: cards, cubes, and a sand timer, but those three tools equal… read more

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Teaching Toddlers to Share

Why is it that kids seem to do a better job of sharing at school than at home? What is different about school than at home? How can we teach our toddlers to share? Working… read more

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Birthday Party Presents Etiquette

School has started and so has the round of birthday party invites. We have birthday parties every weekend seemingly until Thanksgiving (including one for my son!) As you start your own birthday bash rounds, here… read more

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Games and Products for Summer Travel

Summer is here! If you haven’t read my post yet about keeping the kids entertained on the plane and in the car during your summer vacation plans, check it out here! While there are ideas… read more

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Have a Toytervention in Your Playroom

My daughter’s second birthday is coming up and it is a perfect time to re-evaluate the toys in our house. Many of the toys she played with as a newborn are not developmentally appropriate now.… read more

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Treasure Trax: A Game for Kids on the Spectrum

I love toys. Hence, why I am on the Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board. Yet, with my son’s learning disability, at times I need to look at toys from a different angle. With his disability,… read more

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How Early Is Too Early?

My daughter is 21 months old. She loves everything from blocks to boats, and from cars to castles. Yet, I never really thought about her play pattern as it relates to traditional girl toys and… read more

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Take a Day and Just Play

I came across this quote recently and it really hit home. We often consider play as it relates to our children, but play is, and should be, an important part of the lives of adults.… read more

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Birthday Presents for Crafty Kids

  Buying birthday gifts for your kids’ friends is always hard. Yet, imagine getting the birthday invitation and having the parent state they only want craft-related presents. Once I got over my panic (and when… read more

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