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Tips for Keeping Your Sick Child Entertained at Home

The child is grumpy. Way beyond grumpy. Grumpy is a distant planet in another solar system past which she's shot in her misery-fuelled rocket ship. She refuses to eat supper. She's lethargic, moping, upset over nothing. Uh oh. She's fallen asleep o...

Dreams for this New Year: Resolution Making for the Whole Family

The gifts have been opened, the toys have been broken, the decorations packed away (except for those still hanging, looking forlorn), and Cabin Fever is sleep-deprived and overfed and suffering from a season of excess. Don't get me wrong: we've had...

Travelling with Children? What to Pack in the Activity Bag

A couple of years ago, my husband and I flew with three children, ages 5, 4, and 14 months, to Nicaragua, one of the least-developed countries in the Americas. It is also stunningly beautiful, wild and friendly, its varied geography pock-marked by vo...

Sports Traditions as Important During Holidays as Turkey, Gifts Under the Tree

The annual Becher-Ware Turkey Bowl. Credit: Gary Becher
Thanksgiving means family gatherings for some and pumpkin pie for others. For Scott Becher, it means the annual Becher-Ware Turkey Bowl. "It started in 1991 with seven of us playing a...

Playground News - Girls are Less Active Than Boys

Visiting my daughter's kindergarten class at recess, it's hard to tell exactly who is playing with who. Boys and girls are everywhere, climbing, crawling, and chasing. But according a recent study, by age 10, boys are more likely to be the ones exerc...

Build a Gingerbread House This Weekend

Nothing says family time like a great craft or cooking project, and a gingerbread house is just that. It's the perfect Saturday activity to keep antsy kids busy while they wait for Santa to come. Historically, it's not clear how the gingerbread h...

Texas kids not so fit

According to the results of what is being called the largest test of its kind, kids in Texas aren't doing so well in the whole fitness and health area. More than two and a half million students were tested and the study found that the majority of kid...

Not your mother's mom club

Adventure Moms is a group of mothers. Sure, there are tons of mommy groups out there, organizing playdates, taking stroller walks around the local mall, discussing the latest parenting books. This one, however, is different. The group plans less trad...

Two to tango: breastmilk and formula?

Well, if daycare has taught me anything, it's that my son is a growing boy. This kid is now getting a lot more group attention and stimulation that he did at home. And it's making him HONGRY! Several times this week the ever-attentive teachers at ...

Easy activity: Old scrapbook supplies

I was recently cleaning out my scrapbooking supplies, trying to get it down to a more usable amount. While I was putting my papers and stickers into piles to give away on Freecycle, my daughter, who is almost three, walked into the room and started g...

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