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The Toy Insider Parents: 2019

Meet the 2019 Toy Insider Parents: Experts in family, play, and more.

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How to Help a Child Cope with the Passing of a Pet

Everyone always gets excited when a new pet is introduced into the family. In those joyous early days, we forget that pets typically do not live longer than we do. Thus, we often have to… read more

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Putting It All Together: Puzzle Fun!

Sometimes it’s great to plan elaborate family excursions and experiences. Other times, it’s nice to find a low-key way to spend time together, like having a movie night, or doing a puzzle. There’s a sense… read more

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Going Rogue with Star Wars… Again

Last year around this same time, I was out in Los Angeles, more than 1,500 miles from my Illinois home, living a dream that I never knew could be a reality. As Disney/Lucasfilm prepared to… read more

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DIY Caramel Apples – A Halloween Treat All Year Long

I love caramel apples! Whether a dessert for a Halloween party or snacking for family movie night, caramel apples are fun and delicious to eat. While Halloween just wouldn’t be the same without a tasty caramel apple… read more

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Family Fun: Apple Picking Tips

With the end of summer at hand, it means Fall is quickly on the horizon and delicious apples are ready to be picked. For us, apple picking is a family tradition, and I thought I would… read more

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Selecting Age Appropriate Movies for Your Kids

Last winter, my 6-year-old son and I were exiting a showing of Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip when we stumbled across an amusing display in the theater lobby featuring a red costumed character… read more

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The Simple, Unmatched Joy of New Crayons

There’s been such a huge craze in the world of adult coloring and it’s made me realize something: Nothing beats a new box of crayons or colored pencils. For me, it’s like getting to dip… read more

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Tips for Family Fun in the Garden

Summertime means lots of outdoor play and fun. It’s also a time for my family to take pride in our yard and garden. When the kids were babies it would usually be them playing in… read more

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