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Unplug

Posted by agirlandaboy
on Nov. 21, 2014 at 11:38 AM
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 Nov. 21, 2014 at 11:38 AM
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 Nov. 21, 2014 at 11:38 AM
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

Play Restaurant

Posted by agirlandaboy
on Nov. 21, 2014 at 11:38 AM
I used to think play food was just for play kitchens, but then one day my husband draped a checkered towel over a big box, sat behind it like it was a table, and started ordering food from our son. Voila! We had a restaurant in our living room!  In addition to the play food and play cooking and serving tools we already had, we only needed a few more accessories to make our restaurant come to life. My son likes to wear a chef's hat, an apron, and an oven mitt while he's in the play kitchen,

Read, Read, Read!

Posted by RainyDayGal
on Nov. 21, 2014 at 11:38 AM
You've heard it a million times before: read to your kids! A lot! However important it is, you might not have a budding bookworm on your hands. Some kiddos just can't sit still long enough! Kids want to read for the same reasons adults do--to be entertained, to rest and "check out" for a while, to hear stories. But they need to read to enhance language development, learn basic sentence structure, pick up on tone and syntax, and to (eventually) learn to read themselves. Here are some tips that