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Unplug

Posted by agirlandaboy
on Jul. 30, 2014 at 9:35 PM
Raise your hand if you have a smartphone. Raise your hand if you look at it more than at your kid while you're at the playground. Now raise your hand if you have a home computer. And raise your hand if you check email and/or Twitter and/or the news and/or LOLcats while your kid tugs at your pantleg and begs you to come play. I'm absolutely guilty of all of the above, and even though I know it's not good, it's hard to stay offline sometimes, whether because things are getting juicy on my fa

Playtime for Them, "Playtime" for You!

Posted by RainyDayGal
on Jul. 30, 2014 at 9:35 PM
Even the slickest moms--the ones who seem to have it all together--need a break once in a while. Wouldn't a pedicure, a little shopping spree, a cup of coffee with a friend be nice? We can dream, can't we? For a lot of us, this kind of break isn't feasible, or affordable. I remember during a particularly hectic month, two hours off to get a root canal at the dentist felt like a vacation (yes, seriously). So what can you do when you still need to do the daily essentials (as well as keep your

Theme Weeks

Posted by agirlandaboy
on Jul. 30, 2014 at 9:35 PM
When it comes to kids, even the best listeners usually need to be told something more than once if you want it to stick. A lot of the time the repetition can be maddening ("How many times do I have to tell you to cover your mouth when you cough?"), but sometimes it can be really fun, like when you're repeating concepts they're actually interested in (like dinosaurs as opposed to, say, personal hygiene).   Among the many things I've learned from my son's daycare and preschool over the years

Tame the Arguing

Posted by RainyDayGal
on Jul. 30, 2014 at 9:35 PM
We've all been here before: your child is having a grand old time playing with his or her best friend (or sibling). They've torn through the house, played games, had a snack, pretended to slay dragons, and generally gotten along swimmingly. That is until the screaming starts. "Nooooo! You can't have that!" or "It's mine!" or "I don't want to!" or "Mom, he took my necklace!" And you thought you were going to have the morning off from playing referee. It's no surprise that kids tend to squabble.

Costumes Aren't Just for Halloween

Posted by agirlandaboy
on Jul. 30, 2014 at 9:35 PM
Kids love to play make-believe, and one of the best ways to foster that kind of imaginative play is to give them plenty of accessories. Take advantage of costume availability this week (and at thrift stores after that) to stock up on dress-up gear for the year ahead. A few simple pieces can help your kid transform faster than you can say "easy-peasy."A long white lab coat can be used by a doctor or a scientist.A cape can be worn by a superhero, a magician, or a king.A furry wolf hood comes in