Giving Back: How to Teach Kids to Give

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When you have more than one child, it can seem like your day is filled with negotiations. You're not only trying to get them to do what you need them to do --- put on clothes, pee in the right places --- but you're trying to teach them to be kind and decent humans to each other. That means sharing …
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How to Teach Water Safety at Bath Time

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It's far, far from swimming season, we know. (In fact, let us take a second to dry our tears.) But just because the neighborhood pool is iced over that doesn't mean you can't practice water safety all year long. I've always used bath time as an opportunity to teach water safety to my kids, so when …
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Who Fartleked? Funny Fitness Shirts for Kids

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We all need inspiration from time to time, don't we? Sometimes something as simple as putting on a fun piece of workout gear or getting new shoes can be enough to up our motivation ante. That's why we love Words to Sweat By. They've got motivational fitness jewelry and fun T-shirts and tons of …
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30 Thoughts You Have When Dealing with Overnight Tantrums

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Like Jennifer who has a boy of similar age as mine, I've been dealing with overnight tantrums lately (coincidence?). The kiddo will wake up and begin making a series of demands: he wants to sleep with us, he wants us to sleep with him, he wants to sleep on our floor. If he could happily sleep with …
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6 Winter Activities for Young Kids

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Winter is the worst, amiright? I've always been more of a warm-weather kind of gal. The only time I like the cold is when I'm on the mountains skiing --- which is to say, rarely. I'd rather be sweating than freezing; there isn't even a question. I especially hate the chill now that I've got young …
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9 Tricks for Containing Toy Clutter

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We had an overflow of kids' toys before Christmas. Now, things are out of control. New gifts and toys have flooded our house, and I feel like I'm drowning in battery-operated gizmos and gadgets. Even though I feel toy claustrophobia, I have a hard time getting rid of things. It's a hoarder's …
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I Went to Take a Shower. It Didn’t Work Out.

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I rarely dump my kids on my husband as soon as he comes in the door. Sure, some days I'm peeking out the window just waiting to see the headlights coming down the street, but I can count the times on one hand when I've been all "PEACE OUT, SUCKA" and left him to deal with the kiddos. Usually just …
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My Rules for Screen Time

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When my first child was born, I really wanted to limit screen time. So much so that I would feel guilty if I was breastfeeding while multitasking on my then-BlackBerry (two phones later, I still miss that thing). And I'd tsk-tsk myself when my infant was obsessed with the bright lights of the …
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No-Mess Craft Activity for Cold Days

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Winter can make you go stir crazy. The hours you spent outside with the kids in warmer weather become a few minutes here and there while you tolerate the cold conditions. Park trips are replaced with finger painting and Play-Doh --- repeat, repeat, repeat. When Dana Lardner, CEO/Designer of Words to …
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