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How to Find or Start Playgroups

Playgroups can help cure a case of cabin fever. Credit: Getty Images
Think you might lose it if your little one asks you to play Candy Land one more time? Was your last trip out of the house a visit to your child's pediatrician ... more than thre...
Cabin fever, going stir crazy -- whatever you call it -- can be a recipe for disastrous parenting. What you need is a playgroup, because, let's be honest, they're as much for the parents as they are for the kids.

The Joys of the Neighbourhood Playgroup

It's 9:30 on a Wednesday morning, and the older children have made their way to school. The smell of fresh-brewed coffee wafts through our house. A loaf of banana bread, baked and frozen last week, has been thawed and sliced, and sits on a plate besi...

A Little More: Everyday miracles

My son Bennett, who is 4-years-old-going on 5, has a habit of saying, "It's a miracle!" Sometimes he says it of things that, to me, don't seem particularly miraculous, like when we find the missing rain boot, or when the VCR finishes rewinding, or ...

Tea and toast banned from playgroup

I thought the brouhaha about Mom's having a cocktail at playgroup was ridiculous, but the ban of tea and toast at a British playgroup is truly perplexing. Tea and toast, for the love of Pete! What could be less controversial than tea and toast? A lot...

A playgroup for Hispanic families

There's a growing population of parents joining playgroups, though what they are joining for is a bit different. While many parents join to help their children learn to interact with other kids, women in one Virginia playgroup are there to learn Engl...

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