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Make a Hula Hoop Hideout via Apartment Therapy

I had no idea that my son’s hula hoop could double as a frame for the perfect hideout. Check out this article from our friends at Apartment Therapy. I love the idea of using it over a bed with netting (as seen here,) or for making a tent in the playroom. How clever! More on RealSimple.com: 11 Fun Things to […]

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Healthy Protein Sources for Kids via CookingLight.com

I am always on the hunt for new food ideas for my toddler, especially when it comes to protein sources. Admittedly, I have a very hard time breaking away from our go-to chicken meals each week. Our colleagues at CookingLight.com have compiled a list of protein-rich recipes and ideas that will help your child grow to be strong and healthy. To read the […]

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1 Way to Make Your Lunch Better

I came across this post on TheKitchn this morning. And my immediate reaction (unlike several of their commenters): How great is this dad? Every day David LaFerriere, a graphic designer and illustrator in Massachusetts, hand draws something amazing and creative on his kids’ sandwich bags for their lunch. I’m completely blown away by his creativity and his dedication. Take a look […]

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Listen to My Mom, and Help Save a Life

I can’t tell you how many times during my childhood, when I was in the middle of a late-day meltdown, or identity crisis, or dramatic, my-heart-is-breaking crying jag, my mother would say to me, “Everything will be better in the morning.” And you know what?  She was right. As the mother of three strong daughters, my mother consistently broadcast the […]

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When Toddlers Take Vacations via Mom.me

A summer travel article from our friends over at Mom.me caught my attention recently. Offering parents advice on how to relax and take a break, this piece is geared towards new moms but, in my opinion, gives helpful life tips to all. To read the full article, click here. My favorite line, and something to remember: “Just as often as children need guidance and […]

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…And 10 Minutes Later Your Child is Grown Up

You see his little hand on the sonogram and 10 minutes later you’re ordering his senior school portrait. You carefully fold the blue onesies to put in his dresser drawer and 10 minutes later you’re buying a light pink tie to match his prom date’s light pink dress. You teach him the proper way to tie his shoes and brush […]

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Wednesday Trivia: It’s Ellis Island Family History Day!

Bet you didn’t know this little known holiday existed. But if you have relatives who emigrated through Ellis Island (over 40 percent of the American population can trace its roots back to the landmark—including me), you may be interested to know this fun little fact. April 17 was selected for the honor because on this date in 1907, a staggering […]

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How to Share the News With Your Kids

As the devastating story of the bombing at the Boston marathon unfolded, I turned on the TV news. Then I realized I have a 2-year-old. I wasn’t sure what kind of images to expect on the screen—something that could potentially scare or scar him, even at this early age. I wish Kid President had a nightly news broadcast. But until he […]

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How to “Kid-Proof” Your Apple Device

If your kid’s like to watch cartoons or play games on your iPad, you’ve probably caught them tapping around in other applications. Thanks to “Guided Access,” a new feature in iOS 6.0, it’s easy to prevent photos from getting deleted or emails from accidentally being sent. Here’s how:

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1 Simple Change: Why Boston’s Mayor Demands a Gun Plan

Gun control legislation hits the Senate floor today, in what many are anticipating to be an emotionally charged debate. We have held our own debate at 1simplechange.com (more than 2,000 readers have submitted their ideas, have you?), and reached out to many notables to get their take on what needs to happen to help keep our kids safe. The responses range […]

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