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The Importance of Play Houses for Kids

With dreams of summer and backyard camp-outs -- and the early spring reality of chilly mud advancing to the doorstep -- the children have requested that Cabin Fever haul out the play tents from the basement. I have a love-hate relationship with these...

Olympic Fun at Home: Cooperation Meets Competition

A Facebook friend posted yesterday that his four-year-old son was speed skating non-stop in the living room. Apparently, this dad had his finger on a trend, because reports began pouring in from other parents. Pairs figure skating in the dining room....

Solo Parenting: Taking the Kids Out to Eat

There's a funny paradox about parenting solo. When my husband goes out in public, minus me and accompanied by all four of our children, he is lauded, praised, and admired. "What a great dad you are!" "All on your own with four kids! Amazing!" "Mom...

Puzzles: Why Old-Fashioned Toys Never Go Out of Style

Sleepy days spent indoors: All parents who stay home with their children know these days well. Cabin Fever is right here, right now. Deep in the clutches of winter. We're snowed in, our senses dulled by lack of sunlight, our motivation to burst into ...

Life as a Soccer Mom: When the team just doesn't gel

The youth soccer teams in our area are designed so that they have tow age groups on every team. My son is currently in the U14 bracket, so this means that the team is comprised of 12 and 13 year-old boys. This also means that every year one age brack...

How your baby learns to become a social partner with peers

A recent study in Child Development investigated how one-and two-year-old peer pairs reacted when presented with a simple cooperative task. Age differences were found in amount of coordinated activity, monitoring the peer's activity and location in r...

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