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Finding Squirtles

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I was 12 when we got an Atari. I mostly remember playing Pac-Man. There was something cathartic about being able to eat all of those white dots. Who doesn’t love to eat? And then I found it gratifying to turn around and gobble up the multi-colored gh... Read full article

A Perfect Painting Party!

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Parties are meant to be enjoyed, after all, and the moms and dads should be able to love it as much as the kids.... Read full article

Slumber Parties: From A to Zzz's

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Hosting an overnight party can be an eye-opener. Slumber is rarely on the agenda and parents can count on getting zero sleep, or just a few hours of sleep—if you are lucky. ... Read full article

Why Do I Buy Toys? A Humorous Listicle of Toys that Aren’t Toys

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Why do I buy stuff? The novelty of opening up a gift is the most exciting part of stuff. In the pandemic, when we first locked down, I thought I could buy my kids’ sanity with more things. I bought art supply kits, toys, and even a bounce house.... Read full article

Eat, Pray, and Bring a Change of Clothes

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I love to travel. Before becoming a proud parent of three darling cherubs, everyone said to me, “Enjoy traveling now because once you have kids, you won’t be able to do it anymore.” Well, I proved all the naysayers wrong by hopping on that plane with... Read full article



Age -by- Age Birthday Guide: Pro secrets for planning a no-fuss birthday party

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Remember birthday parties when you were a kid? You draped streamers around the house, devoured cake with gooey icing and peeked while pinning the tail on the donkey. But now, there are even more options for birthday parties from bowling to tumbling. ... Read full article

Ultimate Birthday Bashes: How to Host the Perfect Celebration for Your Child at Home

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A children’s museum, an arcade, a petting zoo or a kid’s fitness center are fun venues for a birthday party. But why not give the coffee table a shove and turn your home into celebration central?... Read full article

Party Tips For Multiples

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As parents of multiples, we all go the extra mile to give our children a sense of individuality. ... Read full article

Have a Happy Birthday (Without the Party): Budget-Friendly Birthday Ideas

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The day your child was born is a day to celebrate and make him feel special. Birthday parties are fun, but they can be a lot of work, and the costs can quickly add up. If you decide to skip the birthday party, it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate big.... Read full article

One Ratty Summer: How a Rodent Taught My Campers Resilience

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As a parent, I know how scary it can be (deep breath) to send kids to sleepaway camp for the first time. When I contemplated my daughter, 12-year-old Gracie, going to overnight camp for the first time, I had my own share of brown-bag ... Read full article

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