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Parenting

Why I’m Letting My Kids Be Bored This Summer

I’m kind of a procrastinator when it comes to planning my kids’ summer breaks. Each year I tell myself I’ll schedule a variety of camps that will enrich and entertain them while occupying all their free time. Giving them lasting memories of a summer spent doing fun scheduled activities so no one utters the words […]

DIY Holiday Crafts

10 DIYs That Will Take Your Barbecue To The Next Level

Ready or not, summer has arrived… and with it comes barbecue season. Outdoor parties are a great way to celebrate the season with friends and family, and they also provide the perfect excuse to do some fun craft projects. While barbecues are usually casual affairs, that doesn’t mean that you can’t add a few unique […]

Your Pregnancy

What Is a Doula and Should You Hire One?

During my first pregnancy, I was nervous about what would happen to my body and how painful labor would actually be. You could say that I had some first-time jitters about the whole experience and so my mother suggested that I hire a doula. I had no idea what a doula was at the time […]

Toys

LEGO Unveils Braille Bricks to Help Visually Impaired Kids Read

As parents, we all want our kids to learn and have fun while doing it. But for the 19 million children worldwide who suffer from vision loss and blindness, it’s a bit more difficult. It turns out that due to incredible advancements in technology, like audiobooks and other computer-based learning, fewer and fewer blind children […]

Entertainment

Best Kids Audiobooks for Bedtime

Getting kids to relax before bedtime is a constant struggle. While nothing can replace spending time with your kid and reading a loud, mixing in reading experiences can only be a good thing. Listening to stories at bedtime taps into your child’s imagination and prepares them for dreamland. Exposing your kids to different narrators gives […]

Toddlers

Toddlers and Early Literacy Skills

Long before your child begins to read, she’ll develop pre-reading skills that set her up for early literacy skills and future reading success. Believe it or not, some of these skills emerge during the toddler years. While the toddler years are often characterized by chasing down new runners, picking up dropped (or thrown) food, and […]