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6 Educational and Mess-Free Activities That Entertain Traveling Kids

by ParentCo.

While traveling long distances is not a part of every family's summer plans, for some families who live far away from grandparents and extended family, this is peak travel season. A useful, thrifty guide to activities and apps that help keep young kids entertained on long trips.

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Holiday STEAMcation: Activities for Kids During the Holiday Break

Holiday STEAMcation: Activities for Kids During the Holiday Break

by ParentCo.

Holiday break is a great time for both you and the kids to get some much needed R&R, but without schools open, life can quickly become boring without its usual stimulation. That’s where the joy of STEAM comes in - with plenty of creative (and often inexpensive!) ways to stay entertained and active at home. Encourage everyone in the family to partake in a “STEAM Staycation” with some of our favorite engaging activities.

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How to Salvage Holiday Birthdays and Make the Celebration Feel Extra Special

by Kristy Ramirez

People with winter birthdays report being the most dissatisfied with their birth dates. The reasons are many.  If a child has to have their big day smashed in between all the other big days, there are ways to make it work.

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Reflections on the Emotional Complexity of Getting a Dog

by ParentCo.

A puppy just came into my life. This was not expected, not planned for. I have a lot on my plate already.

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How to Make Storytelling a Fun and Engaging Family Affair

by ParentCo.

Storytelling is portable and requires no gadgets, batteries, or anything else to weigh down your diaper bag and can bring your family closer, too.

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Why Time Outdoors Can Increase Kids' Ability to Focus

by ParentCo.

Researchers recently conducted a study exploring how green spaces surrounding children’s homes impact their cognitive development.

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What We're Listening To: Ear Hustle Podcast

by ParentCo.

I don’t say this lightly: Ear Hustle is the best podcast of 2017. It’s funny. It’s sad. It’s warm. It’s sincere. It’s gripping. It’s nuanced. It horrifying.

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Practicing Reverence for the Wild

by Allison Maselli

Rows and rows of pansies. Blue, yellow, red. Tulip swirls, concentric circles of prim rose bushes.

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Yes, It Was a 16th Birthday Party, But "Sweet" Isn't How You'd Describe It

by ParentCo.

Wild at heart, wild animals, Wild Thang, walk on the wild side … holy moly COW, you ain’t seen “wild” until you host your 16-year-old’s surprise party.

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What We're Listening To: "Heaving Bosoms" Podcast

by ParentCo.

Yes, this podcast is called “Heaving Bosoms.” If you find that endearing and hilarious, then more than likely you will find this podcast to be the same.

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What We’re Listening To: Story Pirates

by ParentCo.

What do whoopee cushions, dino bank robbers, and dogs’ rights have in common? They’re all subjects of the hilarious podcast Story Pirates.

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Worried Those Early Extracurriculars Are a Waste of Money? Maybe Not.

by ParentCo.

New research does proclaim that extracurriculars are promising for kids and their development in numerous ways, even during early childhood.

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What We're Listening To: Circle Round Podcast

by ParentCo.

While I'm a huge fan of podcasts for adults, there's a special place in my heart for kids’ podcasts.

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What We’re Listening To: "By the Book" Podcast

by ParentCo.

Each week we suggest a new podcast to add to your playlist. Up this week: the half reality show, half self-help podcast "By the Book."

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Throw a Family-Friendly New Year's Eve Party

by ParentCo.

Whether you couldn’t find a sitter for New Year’s Eve or you don’t feel like heading out in the fray, you can still have a fun, kid-friendly celebration.

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How to Shop for Kids with Insufferable Hippie Parents

by Katherine Clover

If you have hippie-ish parents in your life, and you're panicking about how to shop for their kids, you aren't alone.

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The Toys That Have Captured Kids' Imaginations For Decades

by ParentCo.

For 100 years, toy manufacturers have challenged themselves to produce the next great…cardboard box. These, which have stood the test of time, come close.

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This Orchestral Playlist is a Sleigh Ride Without the Whining That Everyone is Cold

by ParentCo.

These orchestral music pieces will evoke the feeling of a magical winter ride and excite your imagination of gliding on a sparkling snow-covered landscape.

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"Oprah's Favorite Things 2017" - the Reality Edition

by ParentCo.

I took a look at some of these items and, no offense to Queen Oprah, but I beg to differ.

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11 Toys Siblings Can Enjoy Together Squabble-Free

by ParentCo.

Is there a way to avoid the playtime battlefield? Maybe not completely, but a few select choices might encourage cooperation over competition.

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These 7 Books Can Inspire Kids to Get Up and Move

by ParentCo.

Here are seven books that will make your child want to put down the controller and move their feet.

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Why Blocks Are the Ultimate Toy for Kids of All Ages

by ParentCo.

Knowing block play has cognitive benefits that extend beyond the toddler years, how can we encourage kids to stay engaged and interested in them?

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Lights, Camera, Inaction!

by ParentCo.

I’ve tried everything to get my own kids to turn off the lights. I’ve been stern, threatening to take away their prized possessions.

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Teaching Kids to Explore Through Play Instead of Literacy

by ParentCo.

Could it be that learning to read at a later age could have benefits, both for children now and the adults they become?

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