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December 21, 2015
'Tis the season to be merry, especially if you have a Christmas baby on the way! Have you thought about giving your baby a holiday-inspired name to celebrate this happy time of year? We've rounded up 10 of our favorite holiday-themed baby names that mean "joyful" and "bright." Which one is your favorite? Are you looking for more baby name ideas? Find the top 100 girls names, top 100 boys names, name meanings, and more on our baby names page.
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December 10, 2015
Raise your hand if you (and your kids!) love washi tape! We certainly do — with all the different patterns and colors, it's probably safe to say we use it in almost every single craft we do. So, when the holiday season rolled around, we started thinking about Christmas-themed crafts that we can use this magical tape on. We've found a ton of awesome ideas from around the Web, and of course wanted to share them with you! Check out our favorite Christmas crafts using washi tape. And don't forget to tell us your favorite way to use it. Happy crafting!
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November 9, 2015
Is your child’s artwork beginning to take over the fridge or pile up in a corner somewhere? That’s no way to treat your favorite masterpieces! We’ve partnered with Shutterfly to highlight beautiful ways to save and display your child's artwork. Take a look! Consider not only how to preserve your child's most beloved creations, but why. Whether you realize it or not, kids' arts and crafts are more than meets the eye. Every finger painting, playdough sculpture, and "all about me" collage offers a glimpse into your child’s vibrant imagination and...
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October 26, 2015
Did I just hear a collective sigh of relief from parents, teachers, and students? Education leaders are finally acknowledging the enormous stress on today's students (and teachers) related to standardized testing. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today that the U.S. needs to "reduce over-testing" and put a cap on classroom time devoted to testing.  School-related anxiety is a very real, and increasingly common, issue among kids. Every child experiences academic anxiety at some point. But when your child's worries become constant, and begin to...
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October 8, 2015
"Moo-oommm, where is my coat?" "Mommmm, I'm hungry. Can you make me a snack?" "Moooommmmm, I need help with my homework!" Sound familiar? Teaching your child how to take care of himself is one of the most important lessons you'll pass onto him. You know that teaching your child age-appropriate life skills is important for self-care and independence, but how, exactly, do you go about doing this? If you're stumped, we can help! Check out these 5 tips to help make your child self -sufficient (pssst....yes, doing chores is on there!), and make sure to...
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October 8, 2015
Teaching your child how to take care of himself is one of the most important lessons you'll pass onto him. You know that teaching your child age-appropriate life skills is important for self-care and independence, but how, exactly, do you go about doing this? If you're stumped, we can help! Check out these 5 tips to help make your child self -sufficient (pssst....yes, doing chores is on there!), and make sure to leave any of your own tips in the comments!
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September 18, 2015
Finding quality, kid-friendly TV shows is tricky business! We've scoured the fall TV premiere calendars and found some great shows that we're excited to watch with our kiddos. Take a look at our top 10 fall TV picks, or this breakdown by age!  TV for Preschoolers & Early Elementary School Kids Nina's World - A new animated series on Sprout, featuring a bilingual little girl who loves to go to the library.  Nature Cat - A forthcoming animated series on PBS Kids, starring a house cat named Fred who transforms into "Nature Cat" and goes on outdoor adventures...
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September 4, 2015
Congratulations on your new addition! Having a baby is wonderful, but it can (and will!) put a whole slew of new stresses on your relationship with your partner. After all, how can you focus on making your marriage thrive when you've got a tiny new person that demands all of your attention? Add in raging hormones, lack of sleep, no sex for six weeks, and a messy house, and it's no wonder a new baby can put a strain on even the strongest relationship! Having an honest conversation with your partner about what to expect from each other during those first couple months is the first step...
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August 27, 2015
Better stock up while you can! The iconic neon orange cheese of everyone's favorite Kraft Dinner will be no more! By January 2016, Kraft plans to remove all artificial preservatives and synthetic dyes (including those used to make their cheese so....bright), and will replace them with natural dyes dereived from sources like paprika, turmeric, and annatto. Kraft isn't the only big-name food company removing artificial ingredients from their products. General Mills, Kellogg's, Nestle, and Campbell's Soup Company are all following suit, as well as many well-known chain...
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August 18, 2015
School is back in session, which means your child is probably spending more time on the computer. While the Internet can be a great resource for homework help, kids tend to have the uncanny ability to access inappropriate content while surfing the web.  These 5 safe search engines for kids offer prescreened sites and age-appropriate filters and content, so your child can have the freedom to browse the Internet while you have peace of mind that he is staying safe online. Looking for more Internet safety tips? We can help: 12 Social Media Apps Every Parent Should Know About 10 Apps for...