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Would You Buy a "Mud Pie Maker"? For $40?

Hey kids! It's summer! Time to get outside, play in the mud and -- wait! You're doing it all wrong! You need to make PERFECT pies using the newest toy from Little Tykes: The Makin' Mud Pies Kitchen Set. And to think it's only $40! Here -- check ...

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...

Imagination Can Soothe a Tummy Ache, Study Shows

When kids have stomach aches, they can ease their discomfort by using a little imagination. Credit: Getty Images
"Picture yourself on a boat on a river with tangerine trees and marmalade skies." If that doesn't work, you can always try Tums. Howe...

The Ten Best Stocking Stuffers

Buying presents for some people can be a very difficult task, especially when you buy presents for them year after year. When you add the concept of then having to get stocking stuffers on top of that the whole holiday season can seem daunting bey...

Toy Hall of Fame honors the stick

The National Toy Hall of Fame is a repository of great toys that generations of children have enjoyed. Since 1998, the best of the best as selected by historians, educators and others have been proudly displayed at the Strong National Museum of Play ...

Five year old leaves daycare, hits local Hooters

Yes, this is true. A five-year-old in Denton, Texas managed to slip out of a local daycare undetected and made it all the way to the parking lot of a nearby Hooters. What's worse, he crossed two busy streets to get there. The boy, unnamed, is believ...

Saturday morning surrealism

It started when Sara came into our bedroom asking "is this your package?" over and over again. Rachel was still asleep (or trying to be) and I was faced away from the door working. At first, I couldn't see what she had in the way of a "package" and i...

Swimming in Spreckels Lake

On the way back to school from Jared's field trip, we went past Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park, a lake built specifically for sailing model yachts and home of the San Francisco Model Yacht Club. As we did, the normally reserved girl I was driving...

Goodnight nobody?

Have you ever read the story "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown? Most of you are probably quite familiar with this bedtime tale, as it is more than 60 years old at this point. It wasn't until I became pregnant and was given a copy at a baby s...

Afterdinner archeology

It was after dinner and the kids were in their pajamas, supposedly getting ready for bed. Instead, Jared was chasing Sara around the house, roaring at the top of his lungs. Sara came running into our room, terrified. Sara: I saw a diningsaur! I saw a...

Pulling the plug, when the cable goes away what do the kids say?

I have been threatening to do it for months. When I hear my oldest start watching G4, I want to throw the set out of the window. Every time I hear my 'tween child turn on the television to watch That's So Raven, I grit my teeth and think, "This is th...

Dreams of Flying

One of the wonderful things about being a child is that anything is possible, simply by imagining it. As adults, we tend to forget this as we go about our day-to-day business, getting dressed in uncomfortable clothes, sitting in cramped, windowless c...

How to make a cool "grocery store" at home

It seems as if my family makes the trek down to the Children's Museum about twice a year. This time, we had a breakthrough: My daughter, who is 2.5, left the baby/toddler room and headed out into the actual museum. I was pretty inspired by the preten...

Blogging Baby Size 6: Turning off the TV and computer

We notice such a vast difference in our kids in terms of their behavior, their calmness, and their creativity when we force them to turn off all of the screens in the house (as Mary P. calls them): The TV and computer screens. We usually let them pla...

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