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Teaching Kids About Design With Homemade Birthday Cards

Homemade birthday cards are a family tradition that I grew up with, and am happily continuing with my kids. I have to say, the cards my kids were …

Under the Sea Birthday Bash !

Summer is here and that means lots and lots of birthday parties and best of all, backyard parties!<p>The Under the Sea theme is very popular in the …

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5 Classic Outdoor Summer Games for Kids

Summer means outdoor fun and family games are a great way to spend quality time together. Instead of just a playdate to the beach or playground, …

Sensory Activities: Beach small world play

<b>Sensory activity</b> suitable for kids 4 years and above who love to play and create stories with small worlds.<p>Things we used<p>Sand<br>• Blue Colored water<br>• Blue …

14 Apps and Games to Make Summer Days Fun for Kids

By Common Sense Media editors<p>You've got a creative kid, and summer break gives him or her more time to stretch those creative muscles in fun ways. And creativity is more than arts and music -- making, tinkering and experimenting are all ways kids can be creative. Whether they want to write code for …

How to Protect Your Child From a Predator: Recognizing the Warning Signs

As young female gymnasts shared their horrifying stories of sexual assault during former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar's sentencing hearing, parents across the country asked themselves how this predator remained unreported for two decades. The majority of children who've been victimized never …

Child Abuse

Dealing With Disruptive Behavior

Experts from the Child Mind Institute share the techniques they use with kids in behavioral therapy -- so you can use them at home to improve your own child's behavior.<p>One of the biggest challenges parents face is managing their children's difficult or defiant behavior. Whether children are …

Self-help

Bully-Proof Your Child: How to Deal With Bullies

Mean kids aren't just a middle-school problem. The trouble has trickled to the youngest grades. Learn how to spot it—and how to protect your child.<p>Not long ago, the idea that a preschooler could be a bully seemed crazy to me. But my outlook changed when my son Nicky was 4. A bruiser of a boy in his …

Toddler Danger Zones

Protect your toddler from household dangers by following our checklist for safety in any room.<p><b>Hazard:</b> Razors and grooming scissors -- children can cut, scrape, or more seriously injure themselves on sharp objects. Keep cosmetics, razors, grooming scissors, and medicines (even vitamins) in a locked …

Parenting

Scavenger or Treasure Hunts for Kids

Every kid loves a treasure hunt. For kids, the thrill of finding stuff extends to even the most mundane stuff. Things that are right under a kid's …

Kindergarten Prep

Try these low-key activities to help your child get ready for next fall.<p>The stress of back-to-school shopping and making the transition from lazy summer days to early rising is still a few months away, but if your kid is kindergarten-bound, it's normal to be worrying already. While you may wonder …

Kids

Fun Games to Play at a Firefighter Birthday Party

Throwing a firefighter birthday party? Sound the alarm! It’s time to play some firefighter party games!<p>Extinguish the Flames<p>To play this game, you …

15 Fun Things Couples Should Do Together Right Now

When the kids aren't around, it's easy to want to sit and do nothing for a break. But your marriage can easily fall into a rut if you and your spouse …

Angry Birds Cupcakes

Shares 0<p>These Angry Birds cupcakes are easy enough for young children to decorate. Perfect for an Angry Birds themed party!<p>Shares 0<p>Get the …

Drive-In Movie Snacks

A fun way to use old tin containers and cupcake liners to serve your movie or party snacks! Great for make believe play time or family movie …

Mother Nature Collage

Shares 0<p>Send the kids out into the back yard or take them on a hiking trip to find some of nature’s bounty to put into a collage. Kids will love …

The Best Natural Remedies for Kids

We've uncovered the natural remedies for kids that really work—and the ones you should never try.<p>For lots of moms and dads today, non-pharmaceutical approaches to illness are more appealing than ever. In a 2009 survey of 6,000 parents conducted by Opinion Research Corporation, 40 percent of them …

Kids' Birthday Parties: Taking The Stress Out Of Celebrations

<i>This post is part of Stress-Less Parenting Club's new workshop. Check out previous posts here, and if you haven’t signed up yet, go to the purple box on the right side of this page to receive our weekly newsletter.</i><p>Have you ever looked around at a child's birthday party and noticed how stressed out …