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Weekend Fun and Games

Looking for something to do after the Easter eggs are all dyed? Here are some fun suggestions from adapted from reviews and ratings by Common Sense Media. Click on the links to read the reviews in full. At the Movies Hannah Montana: The Movie hit...

Weekend Fun and Games

Got plans for the three-day weekend? If not, maybe this will help. Here's a run-down of what's new this week in kid's entertainment as adapted from ratings and reviews by Common Sense Media. At the Movies Based on the book by Sophie Kinsella, Con...

Valentine Crafts, DIY Candy Hearts, and More - Links We Love

Save your Xs and Os for kisses and hugs -- this Valentine-themed tic tac toe game uses colored hearts instead. And don't forget to check out these adorable and free printable valentines! -- AlphaMom Think you've got the cutest little love in town?...

Weekend Fun and Games

Baby, it's cold outside! Looking for some indoor activities to while away the winter hours? Here's the low-down on what's happening in kid's entertainment this weekend as adapted from reviews and ratings by Common Sense Media. At the Movies Coral...

New Year's Eve Customs From Around the World

We'll be spending our New Year's Eve the way we always have since we became parents ... at home. Our trusty babysitters are lucky enough to have a social life (and an annual party invitation), so we stay in. Sometimes we have company, sometimes we ...

Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale Take Kingston Skating

It's winter break ... having trouble keeping your kids occupied? Take a cue from Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, who recently took son Kingston, 2, rollerskating. The family hit the rink on December 23rd, Gwen and Gavin holding little Kingston...

Winter Break! Now What?

Do you realize that for most kids, tomorrow is the last day of school before winter break? You've no doubt made plans for December 25th, but what about the other 10 or so days before they go back to school in January? With too much free time on their...

15 TV-free activities for a rainy day

Last Saturday, we woke up to a wet and gloomy day. We made a huge breakfast, hung around in our pajamas, and spent the day not going anywhere. After a busy fall and a busier Halloween, it truly was a gift. It's really tempting on a lazy, rainy da...

Would you let your kid go to the movies alone?

Going to a movie without your parents is one of the great rites of passage in a kid's life, but how safe is it to drop your child at a movie theater alone? A reader of Newsday posed that question to a parenting advice column, asking if it was safe...

Labor day - day of last chances?

For pretty much everyone, Labor Day signifies the last day of summer. Never mind that most kids go back to school either the week before or after Labor Day, which many feel like is the real end of summer. Never mind that the actual end of summer is...

How I spent my summer vacation

As soon as school ended last June, we put all of our possessions into storage and moved across the country for my husband's new job. Since then, my seven-year-old, my husband, myself, our two cats and the dog have been living in a small apartment wit...

Vices to help you survive parenthood

Sometimes, a little vice makes all the difference. No, I'm not talking about drugs or sex or anything like that. I'm talking about things like playing escape-the-room games or surfing real estate websites to find the perfect (or at least affordable) ...

Are gas prices keeping you home this summer?

Because we don't like to deal with the traffic and because our town has an enormous fireworks display, we usually stick around town during the Fourth. We noticed, though, that a lot of other people stayed home last weekend, too. Our normal haunts, wh...

Book review: The Rookie Mom's Handbook

Adjusting to life as a new mom can be incredibly hard: the sleeplessness, the nursing, the fact that your body is still not the body it was before the baby. And when your on your third (or eighth or fifteenth) consecutive day at home in your pajamas ...

Is your pre-schooler over scheduled?

I first started to feel the "enrichment" pressure when my first child was three years old. As a new mom, I felt like a foreigner as I listened in on the new and strange conversations of the "experienced moms" as I waited for the end of my daughter's ...

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