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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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Read These Favorite New Books After Your Kids Go to Sleep

by Crystal Ponti

If you’re looking for something to read, here are some favorite new books to put on your radar:

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Play This Spooktacular Orchestral Soundtrack for Your Kids This Halloween

by ParentCo.

There’s a wide selection of symphonic music that is beautiful and powerful as well as spooky for Halloween.

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3 Ways to Make Halloween Fun for Your ASD Kid

by ParentCo.

Crowds of children, the fear of personal contact, and the idea of approaching strangers for candy can be too much for a kid on the spectrum.

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My Place With the Playground Benchwarmers

by ParentCo.

Where there is a playground, we will be there as Protectors of the Peace, like mundane super heroes keeping an eye on petty criminals.

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The Benefits of Team Sports That Extend Beyond the Game

by ParentCo.

Here are six reasons you may want to consider letting your little sportie try out for basketball or soccer next year.

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All Parents Should Kick It Like Beckham 

by ParentCo.

Youth sports have become less about having a good time and getting exercise and more focused on competition. It's time to bring some playfulness back.

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Research Shows Recess Might Be More Important Than We Think

by ParentCo.

Recent research suggests that for toddlers and preschoolers, recess might be key to childhood development.

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Karaoke Therapy is the Family Bonding You've Been Missing

by ParentCo.

Besides improving our mood, singing karaoke offers many physical, emotional, social, and educational benefits.

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Celebrate World Space Week With Space-Themed Music

by ParentCo.

World Space Week 2017 is an ideal time to introduce your family to space-themed orchestral music and the magic of astronomy. 

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Harnessing the Power of Play, Even if I Have to Steal it From my Kids

by ParentCo.

When adults play they are able to let go of daily stresses and be present in the moment, if only briefly.

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The Play Kitchen That Was a Recipe For Disaster

by ParentCo.

Our toddler's behavior was telling us what she couldn’t articulate: kitchen was not fun.

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Gender-Fluid Apps and Games Because it's 2017

by ParentCo.

More and more young people are embracing this idea and identifying as fluid, and there are a handful of apps and games to reflect their experiences.

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Why Pretend Tasks Aren't as Fulfilling For Kids as the Real Deal

by Sanya Pelini

A new study has been released and it suggests that kids don’t really want to play with toys – what they want is the real thing.

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5 Questions to Consider When Signing up Your Child for an Afterschool Program

by ParentCo.

Over the course of a typical school year, there are around 525 hours between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. How can you make sure your kids needs are met?

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7 Steps to Leading an RPG for Your Kid and Their Friends

by ParentCo.

If you want to help your budding adventurer and her buddies to go on a quest of epic proportions, these steps to leading a seriously fun RPG can help.

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My Kids Loved Summer Camp. This Is Why I Made Them Quit.

by Pam Moore

While the ACA accreditation is a valuable credential, it is no replacement for doing your homework about the camps you enroll your kids in.

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