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Avengers Really Do Assemble with This New LEGO Advent Calendar

Yes, it’s August and we’re thinking about advent calendars.

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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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After Reading My Notes from Middle School, This Is What I Want My Daughter to Know

Reading through these handfuls of folded paper, I was reminded of classmates I hadn’t thought of in decades, crushes I thought I’d never get over and endless inside jokes. But they also made me realize these five truths.

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How to Craft with Kids (without Losing Your Mind)

Tip #1? Expect a mess. Those beautifully staged photos of kids doing crafts, laughing merrily, spotless with their mom standing over them smiling happily and calmly helping? That’s not how crafting works.

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Grow Your Child’s Cognitive Skills through Gardening

“Plant a garden with your child and watch their test scores, behavior, and language skills bloom.”

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6 Fantastic Benefits of Arts & Crafts for Kids

There are many benefits of arts and crafts that go beyond simply allowing your kids to express themselves in a more creative way, and here are some of them.

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Survey Finds *This* Family Member Is the Funniest of All

If your youngest is the life if the party, you’re not alone.

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This School Offers Classes for Future Leaders of the World

Have a brainiac in your life? Keeping them challenged can be, well, a challenge. Dedimus Potestatem provides fun, academically challenging programs to students in elementary, middle and high school.

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In Search of Alone Time

“In an attempt to find some alone time, I realized that I am blessed to never feel alone, even when one set of footprints, my own, trails behind in the snow.”

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Losing & Finding Joy

“I hold tight to the fact that I know I’m not the only one. I am not alone in the challenge of mothering. I continue to remind myself that this is not forever. And It may take a little work, but if I look hard enough, I can always find the joy.”

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How to Balance Work & Life in 2021

“I can’t pretend that work-life balance is going to magically fall into place, but I know by taking these steps, I can maximize my family’s successes.”

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Warning: These Classic Books Have Major Racial Stereotypes

From Little House on the Prairie to Peter Pan, these tomes prove that they aren’t necessarily timeless.

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I Hope I Can Duplicate the Magic of Christmas

“I hope someday my own kids will look back on Christmas and think about the fun crazy times and how much their mom and dad loved them and wanted them to have the best Christmas. I hope we can duplicate the magic that my parents brought me.”

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This OREO-Scented Candle Smells Just Like the Cookie & Pass the Milk, Please

Now you can smell milk’s favorite cookie all the time.

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These Are the Best Toys of 2020, According to Parents

The Parent’s Choice Foundation has the low-down on the best toys of the year.

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Scheduling “Worry Time” Can Help Combat Anxiety in Kids

“This is such an anxious time for all of us, having anxiety-reducing tools in our parenting skill set seems imperative.”

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Kid Correspondent

YouTube Originals Premieres New Election Special for Families

“Kid Correspondent” will feature special celebrity appearances.

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Hey Moms, You Do Not Have to Enjoy Every Moment

“You can love it and hate it, you can not wait to get out of the toddler phase, and miss it when it’s gone, you can want to kill your kids and love them so much that you would die for them. You can feel all of these feelings and it’s all okay.”

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Dear Younger, Wide-Eyed Me: Welcome to Parenthood

Photo: Jennifer Lightner
We have a photo wall in my house of black and white pictures from different important stages of our lives. I love the pictures, I love how the wall looks, and I stare at it often. Sometimes…

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How to Embrace the Uncertainty of Possibility during COVID

“Yet, in a positive light, these unprecedented times can teach us about possibility and may prove to be a fabulous opportunity for kids and parents alike to grow.”

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5 Ways to Help Kids Build Cognitive Empathy

“Cognitive empathy is important because it enables us to communicate effectively with and support the needs of other people.”

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Blue's Clues Thinking Chair

Get Your Own Thinking Chair! All the Blue’s Clues Toys Hitting Shelves in 2020

Grab your Handy Dandy Notebook and start looking for clues.

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Letter Go: 10 Questions to Ask Your Penpal

Celebrate your child’s friendships new and old by starting penpal correspondence this summer!

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How to Make Reading to Your Child Really Count

Effectively reading with your child takes effort. Here are three ways to make sure the time and energy you are putting into storytime maximizes the benefits they’ll receive.

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5 Tips for Parents of Kids on the Autism Spectrum

“I’m sharing my experience as a parent who, like his child, is on the autism spectrum—I did not learn this until after I became a father—and may help you navigate and make the journey more manageable.”

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8 Fun Pretend Games That Build Your Child’s Social Skills

“With a parent’s support and many opportunities for pretend play, your child can continue to develop the social skills they need. Here are some great ways to harness their imagination.”

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Managing Relationships within Your Quarantined Home

Is the close proximity to your loved ones working on your nerves? Try these tactics to turn your frustration and annoyances around before you lose your cool.

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