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Play With Your Food: 12 Restaurants That Keep Little Hands Busy

Get ready for a hassle-free meal time. These DC establishments that serve up some pre-dinner fun before the main course so little hands stay busy (and you get a night off from dinner prep).

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It’s a Shore Thing: Seattle’s Best Tide Pool Beaches

Grab your bucket and water shoes, it’s time to play detective, ocean-style!

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The Best National Parks to Visit with Kids (& the Airbnbs to Book When You Do)

Planning an outdoor adventure for your family this summer? Our editor’s picks for the best parks to visit with kids will help make it happen.

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9 San Diego Resorts for Your End-of-Summer Staycation

Pack up and go! Discover the perfect local escape for your last-minute vacation.

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Soak Up the Fun at These Splash Pads & San Diego Water Parks

Need a break from the sand and surf, but still want to cool down? Get delightfully drenched at one of these top go-to water spots.

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6 Things Moms Forget to Do but Shouldn’t

Your health is important and shouldn’t be neglected. Just as you take care of your kids, you must take care of yourself, too.

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27 Little Things That Mean the World to Your Kids

It’s never been easier to make your kids feel important and loved.

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7 Simple Health Hacks for Families

Some seriously clever ways you can get healthier without spending a dime.

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5 Children’s Books That Illustrate the Importance of Friendship

“Here are five children’s books (some old, some new), that touch on the importance of friendship and love and can easily spark an interesting discussion between a parent and child.”

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Turning 1 & Having Fun! 13 Secrets to a Successful First Birthday Party

Here’s how to make your baby birthday party low-stress and fun for all, especially your child!

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How to Provide Healthy Meals for Kids Attending School at Home

“It can be a bit of a challenge to handle lunches and snacks when you’re homeschooling your kids, but with a little planning, it’s also more than possible.”

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The 5 Golden Rules of a Healthy School Lunch

“A healthy lunch is an opportunity to provide your kids with all the resources they need to stay active, grow healthfully, and learn successfully throughout the day.”

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8 New Parent Date Night Ideas Right at Home

Feeling disconnected from your partner? Try these fun date-night ideas you can do from the comfort of your home.

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A Letter to My Son Whose Sister Has Special Needs

“Thank you for loving her and trying to reach her even when she seemed unreachable, for never giving up, and for understanding that her brain worked differently and that it wasn’t her fault.”

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22 Holiday Theater & Musical Performances You Can Enjoy on Your Couch

The sugarplum fairies and old Ebenezer Scrooge are coming to your house this holiday season!

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24 Festive Holiday Gifts for $20 & Under

Trying to stick to a budget this year? These gifts are big on fun, but small on price.

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10 Ways to Incorporate Social Justice into Your Holiday Season

It’s the season to pay even more attention to gratitude and empathy, which form the foundation of social justice parenting.

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Teens, Screens & My New Perspective

“While I still can’t say that I love the screen, it isn’t scaring me as much as it used to. I am more at peace because I see its value for my sons during this time that they are cut off from their friends.”

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Family Gift Ideas for Everyone in the House

Here are some creative family gift ideas that are sure to wow everyone in the house, young and old.

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Want a Better Relationship with Your Child? Earn Their Respect

“Trust and respect is a two-way street. Trust them and respect them and they will find it easier to trust and respect you.”

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The Valentine’s Day Gift That No Kid Wants

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Ah, Valentine’s Day: is there any other holiday besides Halloween more closely linked with candy, dessert, flowers and jewelry? Read on for some tips to make this holiday a safe one for those you love the most, both…

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This Holiday Cookie Challenge Was the Most Meaningful Yet

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“Make three different cookies–a dozen of each–inspired by your family holiday memories and traditions.”
That was the assignment on a recent holiday baking show I watched.

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5 Reasons Why Getting Outside Benefits Parents Just as Much as Kids

“Leaving the house regularly for some time outdoors will get harder as we move towards winter, but the benefits are real—not just the kids but for parents too!”

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What You Need to Know about Family Burnout

“Being in a constant caretaking role for days, weeks and now months can certainly be exhausting. Add to that the emotional overload most of us are already experiencing, you are most likely burned out.”

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How to Make the Most of Mornings with Kids

“Schedules reduce anxiety and take the guesswork out of our day-to-day—which is super important at a time when none of us needs to worry more.”

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5 Pieces of Timeless & Relevant Advice from My Mom

“It is important to tell the people you love and care about how you feel, not to hold back. For, in the end, it’s the relationships we have with the people we love that truly matters.”

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The Most Powerful Teaching Tool You Can Use Is Right in Front of You

“When I was an elementary school principal, each grade had just 22 minutes—start to finish—for lunch. What was the result? Rushed eating. Food waste. Frequent friction between kids and lunch aides. General mayhem. And then I saw this.”

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How to Keep a Family Routine While Quarantining at Home

“Sticking to a routine, while stuck at home, will help the whole family stay on track both mentally and physically and prep everyone for when life gets back on track again!”

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I Said ‘Yes’ to Everything & Now I Am Glad I Did

“Lately, my days seem spent saying ‘no’– no playdates, no pool parties, no movie theaters; I want to cram in every ‘yes’ I can.”

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Hit the Trail: Kid-Friendly Hikes near Orlando

Pack up the hiking backpack and the kids, we’ve got the hikes for you!

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5 No-Fail Ideas to Help Create a Strong Relationship (Even during a Pandemic)

“A relationship that survives the stress brought on by a global pandemic is good, but a relationship that thrives despite the stressors of this time is even better.”

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A Parent’s (And Personal Trainer’s) Guide to Staying Healthy & Active

“With no gyms, no in-person personal trainers, and no support, can parents remain healthy and active during a mandatory shelter-in-place order? Absolutely—with a little planning of course.”

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Here’s How to Help Provide Books to Children in Need

For every book sold, another is donated to a child in need.

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This is the One Thing You Need to Do to Raise Strong Girls

Photo: Photo by Kseniya Petukhova on Unsplash
I’ll never forget the day I truly felt affirmed in my job. I have a unique role as a teacher, life coach, and mentor all wrapped up in one. One afternoon I was…

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Get Your Animal Fix with a Virtual Zoo Visit

Bust out of your 4 walls and check in on the animal kingdom in Chicago (and beyond!) . . . virtually, of course!

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We All Need This Pandemic Pick-Me-Up Poem Right Now

The world is a little wacky at the moment but this poem will help make it feel less so.

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