If you haven't already heard, we're supposed to have another long, snowy winter. I'm all for braving the weather to get in some outdoor fun, but sometimes it's just not possible. There are only so many days that digging your hands into the freezing cold snow can be fun, but I'm sure you also don't really want to be stuck inside and bored out of your mind with a small child for days on end.
Kids are almost always excited about the approaching holidays, but a lot of the time all of the focus is on one day. Our seven awesome ideas will keep the festivities going from Thanksgiving all the way through to Christmas morning. From small unexpected gifts to fabulous family outings, you'll find ways to celebrate each and every week of the holiday season.Continue Reading >
Argh!!! I could kick myself for not being better at documenting my childrens' growth and milestones. I had every intention of being one of those moms that took regular photos of her child especially during the first year in order to document their growth, but I have failed miserably. This is an area where I want you to do as I say and not as I have done, okay? I have some great ideas for tracking your baby's growth.
Ever since we were kids, we've been asking for directions to Sesame Street, but never actually stopped to consider where is this famous spot? The show's producers have dropped hints and recognizable scenes in its settings, but they've never come out and said where the curious can go for a stroll down Sesame Street. While clues gathered from watching the show place the fictional neighborhood in New York City, the Huffington Post has a gathered a few of the likely locations for this muppet wonderland.
If you want to help your kids keep boredom at bay and get their creative juices flowing during rainy summer days, setting up an indoor tent provides opportunity for hours and hours of imaginative fun, family bonding and relaxation. There are so many ways you can do this--homemade or not, theme or no theme, individual or group, etc.
We know the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends zero screen time for kids under 2 years old, and I totally respect that -- though I admit to not always following that rule ourselves -- electronics can be a a great tool for parents who need a few undistracted minutes to get something important done or for just about anyone traveling more than a couple of hours with a child in tow.
Personally, as a work-at-home mom to a two-year-old, there have been many instances in which I wouldn't have met deadline without breaking out the iPad. That said, I do try to limit usage to a maximum of twice a week and never for more than an hour at a time, and I try to stick with really high-quality apps that have an educational component.
Still desperate for ways to keep your kiddos occupied during the last long, muggy days of summer? Not to worry, we still have some awesome ideas for outdoor fun to share with you. Today, we're talking scavenger hunts. And if that sounds too exhausting, feel free to pour yourslef up a nice glass of lemonade and while the children search the backyard (or even the neighborhood) high and low.
As mid-summer rolls around, you're probably starting to run out of ideas for keeping your kids busy and entertained each and every day during their school break. And I'm willing to bet you're already hearing cries of boredom. Instead of relinquishing them to the television, computer or video games for the next month, I say kick them outside. Of course we know that just sending them out the back door won't do much, so below you'll find video instructions for five fun outdoor activities and games to keep your kids active this summer.
If you and your crew are the active types, laying around on the beach for hours at a clip may be a little too mellow for your taste. But instead of skipping the beach altogether, you can still join your family and friends at the shore. After logging in some time in the sea and chilling out under your umbrella for awhile, why not bring your favorite sports to the sand? There are actually quite a few family-friendly sports that you can play right on the beach as long as you steer clear of the most crowded areas. Check them out below.
Gardening is a wonderful learning opportunity for children, but it can also serve many other purposes. Planting and tending to a garden is an awesome way to spend quality time together as a family, it can be a great workout that gets you and your kids away from the TV and laptop and it will very likely get your kids more interested in eating their veggies. But it can also be quite a tedious and laborious task, especially for young children with short attention spans. So how can you get and keep your kids out in the garden? Read on for our tips.Continue Reading >