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6 New Ways to Embrace Creativity This Summer

Summer is a terrific time to embrace creativity as part of your family’s routine. Here are 6 fun ways to showcase that imagination.

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Why Imaginative Play Is So Important

In addition to being downright fun, imaginative play allows kids the opportunity to practice their social, language and creative thinking skills.

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24 Car Games to Play on Your Next Road Trip

Getting to your destination can be part of the adventure when you have this handy list in your back pocket (we especially love #23 and #24!).

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Line Up: 4 Crafty Ways to Introduce Kids to Poetry

From the budding Beatnik to a free-loving free verser, we’ve got four fun ways to show your kids that poetry is not just about the rhyme.

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5 Ways to Help Your Child Answer What They Did at School Today

“As parents, we so desperately want to hear what happened during the day and share in their joy or support their tough times. But when all they say is, ‘Nothing’ we understandably may feel a bit frustrated.”

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I Wonder If She Knows

“There is so much I missed out on, thinking I wasn’t a good enough mama. There is so much I second-guessed about my decisions and how I was parenting.”

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4 Need-to-Know Ways to Develop Patient Parenting

“Patient and parenting are not often words you find in the same sentence when you’re a parent, but with a little focus and help, you can make patient parenting a way of life.”

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It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

“I will always fight for my son and his quality of life and I will be happy when we have our victories, but man, some nights when he goes to bed, I can cry and ask why and cry some more.”

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When It Comes to Autism, These Are My 7 Wishes

“And while there are so many, many things I wish I could change about the system itself, the main changes are ones I wish I could simply make in others. But not my boy.”

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Why There’s No Such Thing as Magic Words

“When the magic words don’t work—when the child is asking for something the parent is unable or unwilling to give—little Evan or Marguerite is disappointed, even upset to the point of melt-down.”

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5 Things I Learned about Myself during Lockdown

“While adapting the ‘new normal,’ here are four things that I learned about myself that surprised me and one that did not.”

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Dear Teachers, I See You

“For my friends, as they set sail in uncharted waters; wherever they may lead.”

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The Pre-Reading Skill You Never Knew Your Child Needed

“Understanding this skill and intentionally practicing it will equip you with what you need to set your child up for reading success…and some fun!”

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Will Our Preschoolers Remember Sheltering in Place?

“Today was hard but you fought a dragon, you had a playdate, you learned limits, you grew—a virus notwithstanding.”

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What It’s like Being a Mom during COVID-19

“This morning, I hid in my closet just so I could have time to read and do something for me that doesn’t require bowing every direction for the needs of my children. It felt pretty awesome for the short 10 minutes before they found me.”

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Write It Right: Commonly Misspelled Words to Master

It’s National Grammar Day! From understanding double negatives to common misspellings, it’s never too early to teach your kiddos grammar skills. Here’s an easy place to start.

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This Teen’s Guide to Social Media Is a Must-Have for Parents

If you want to know what’s popular on social media, you need to read this!

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This Valentine’s Day, Challenge Your Kids to Answer the Question: “What Is Love?”

“Children, rather than responding to lectures about being nice, are more motivated by the behavior they see around them.” 

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When Domestic Violence Happens to Someone You Know

​​​​​​​October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. If you are experiencing domestic violence, or think someone you know might be, please know there is help. You are not alone. Call the national domestic abuse hotline for help and resources.

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Ashton Kutcher Has a Clever Parenting Hack to Avoid Saying Bad Words

You’ll never accidentally drop the f-bomb again.

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The Secret Life of Nursery Rhymes

Nursery rhymes hide a deep complexity. They prepare us for the greater stories and experiences we’ll have throughout our lives.

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Life Sentence: 6 Ways to Write a Story with the Kids

Today is National Author’s Day and there’s no finer audience (or author) than your own future novelists.

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Cool Kids’ Lingo for Hip Parents in the Know

How and when did the word awesome become awesomesauce, anyway?

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We Are Living in the Future, Especially When Baby’s First Word Is “Alexa”

Artificial intelligence is fast becoming part of the new normal for kids as they grow up.

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Funniest Dad Tweets

Funniest Tweets about #DadLife

Dads are usually known to enjoy a good laugh or two, especially when it’s their own kids making them chuckle.

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This Is How I Teach My Child Simple Manners (You’re Welcome)

I’m always delighted to learn from a friend or acquaintance that my child was polite without prompting.

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This Is What It’s Really Like to Have a “Weekend” Husband

“You’re so lucky!”

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“You don’t have to wake up early to help with breakfast or do that extra load of laundry!.”
“You don’t have to deal with a man-child every single day!”
These are only…

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Advice to a Newly Single Mom: It’s Not Going To Be Easy but It Doesn’t Have To Be Hard

Mommy-hood sprung on you like flowers in the springtime, after the stork dropped a bundle of joy at your door and forgot to leave the dad. Devastating, but not the end of the world.

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Dreams Do Come True: A Coffee Shop + Playroom Combo in NoVa

Not gonna lie. We struggled with sharing this gem of a coffee shop in Sterling, Va. But, we love you guys and your kids, so…enjoy!

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Breyers’ New Low-Calorie Ice Cream Is Actually Delicious (We Tried It)

This new line of desserts from Breyer’s is not only low-cal and protein-packed, but amazingly tasty.

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12 Reasons Why New Moms Need Friends

We heart our friends! Here’s a tribute to the folks who loved us pre-baby and have saved our sanity since we became a mom.

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I’m Trying to Relate to My Teens with These (Rad) New Words

It’s a tragic feeling to be 46, and to not understand a single word of what your teenagers are going on about.

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Social Media and Kids: Not All Bad News

A recent study outlined some of the positive outcomes social media can have on kids.

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