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Time-Tested Tips for Reading with Your Kids

Research shows that reading with your children will increase their reading and other cognitive skills. This is an early-life intervention that is beneficial throughout their lives.

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20 Must-Read Children’s Books by Chicago Authors

Add local talent to your bookshelves with these Chicago-based authors. . . you might even be surprised by one very well-known name.

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Go Off the Beaten Path: LA’s Best Undiscovered Hikes for Kids

Staying six feet apart is about to get a whole lot easier.

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100 Things to Do with Kids in Chicago

Some would say it’s the best city in the world and we agree, with only a slight bias. Let us present our irrefutable evidence for why you should give Chicago big-big love.

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17 Fantastic Kids’ Online Consignment Shops

Those $60 shoes they wore once? You can swap them out for something else.

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Slide On! Indoor Water Parks Near NYC

Go for a day, or stay a while, many of these wet and wild spots are back in action!

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20 Back-to-School Traditions to Try This Year

Start the school year off with a new family custom. Here are our favorite ideas.

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Feeling Completely Overwhelmed as a Parent? You’re Not Alone, According to New Survey

60% of parents polled said their mental load is “overwhelming.”

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These Popular Seattle Summer Camps Still Have Spots

Need a last-minute summer plan? These fantastic camps still have spots!

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Take a Hike! 21 Easy Trails for Kids in San Diego

Get outdoors and soak up some vitamin D with the kids on one of these gorgeous hiking trails!

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6 Epic Summer Backyard Hacks the Kids Will Love

Slather them in sunscreen and turn them outside for summertime fun they’ll never forget!

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San Diego’s Best Playgrounds & Parks

Let the kids go wild at these fabulous playgrounds!

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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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See the Sea Life at These Nearby Tide Pools

Tide pools give us a glimpse into the underwater world. Get ready to explore!

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Grow On Vacation: Nearby Farms Where You Can Spend the Night

if you want to avoid crowds on your next family vacay, consider a farm stay, which offers a resort-like experience off-grid, plus all the baby goats you can find.

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25 Cozy Winter Boots for All Kinds of Kids (& All Kinds of Weather)

We’ve got the top winter boots that will keep tiny toes warm and dry, whether it’s rain, snow or a little of both.

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21 Hotels Welcoming Digital Nomads Right Now

Whether you’re looking for pool-and-school or mountains-and-milestones, we’ve got you covered with these remote learning destination deals.

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Turn MLK Day from a “Day Off” into a “Day On”

“There are so many small, actionable ways that you can turn an ordinary day off from school or work into a meaningful day ‘on’ in service of others and the greater good.”

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Teaching & Learning about Life’s Little Lessons

“The sooner you get your children to open up about their own views of the world, the easier it is to talk to them about life’s little lessons and their own purpose in life.”

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I Became a Digital Nomad with My Family. Here’s What I Learned

As we try to balance our mental health and mitigate risk, many families have chosen to adopt a digital nomad lifestyle, turning to long-term Airbnb rentals to satisfy their wanderlust. I tried it for a week with my family and this is what I learned.

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Key Strategies for Raising a Child during a Pandemic

“Being a parent under normal circumstances can be a constant balancing act. Throw in a global pandemic, and you’re faced with more questions than ever.”

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If Your Kids Are Begging for a Puppy, You Are Not Alone

Many parents will eventually cave, especially around the holidays.

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Lessons from a Former Self-Help Junkie

“How I went from ‘self-help junkie’ to ‘self-help skeptic.'”

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Deciding on In-Person or Virtual Schooling? Scout May Be Your Answer

Be matched with one of Scout’s learning facilitators from a pool of top university alumni and veteran educators. Scout helps you create a learning pod that’s safe, effective, affordable and flexible!

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We Attempted to “Roadschool” Our Son in an RV & This Is What It Was Really Like

Thinking about hitting the road with the kids? Read this before you do!

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What Kids Should Learn About Mental Health

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The stigma and the misinformation surrounding mental illness are staggering.
How many adults believe that depression is “just being sad”? That the weather can be “bipolar”? That you can call yourself OCD because you’re a little too organized?…

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Why I Should Get a Say About Raising Your Children

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I know that childless people (of which I am one) like to complain about how parents are raising their kids. I feel confident in saying that virtually every parent has had the experience of going out in public…

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Marathoning Blind: What Virtual Learning with No End In Sight Feels Like

Virtual learning with no end in sight is a bit like being dropped in a marathon without knowing if you’ve got 20 miles left or .2.

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How I Told My Kids I Was Diagnosed with Cancer

“As a two-time cancer survivor, wife, and mom of three children, here are some of my thoughts about ‘telling the kids’ based on my experiences.”

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Trick or Street: Hot Hoods for Trick-or-Treating

Take your little goblins out to one of these treasured trick-or-treating hoods for some seriously amazing Halloween revelry.

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Meet 17+ San Diego Parents Who Are Making a Difference

From solving the city’s hunger crises to leading a peace movement for kids, we’ve found some of San Diego’s biggest helpers––and they’re all moms and dads.

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How Play Breaks Can Help Your Child Thrive This Fall

“One thing all families can agree on is that kids need play. Here are how adding in play breaks can add joy to your child’s daily life no matter if they are at home, in school or a combination of both.”

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