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Play Box: Ice!

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Winter Games 2018

Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter!  We send out monthly play guides and lots of other great connection ideas about twice per month! I love the Olympics – Summer and Winter Games! It’s such a great time to connect with your kids by gathering everyone around to watch these amazing athletes. We enjoy…

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Parenting through Changing Routines

For the next few weeks, many things will be out of our normal routine. Schools are on break. There will be no getting up early and needing to rush off to bed at a certain time. No homework to finish! (My daughter is particularly excited about this one.) Visits with family or friends, musical recitals…

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Geography Fun with Pin-It Maps

Play helps us connect with our kids and when I can add learning to that play, I love it even more! That is exactly what Pin-It Maps has done in our home!  The company offers continent maps, history maps, and world maps to help you learn geography in a fun way! When you purchase a…

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Traditions and Memories

All families have traditions. Maybe it’s Friday night pizza or baking Christmas cookies on Christmas Eve. Are these traditions important? If so, why are they important for our kids’ connection to us? Traditions play a crucial role in the lives of our children, becoming anchors for what to expect in their weekly or monthly lives.…

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Teens and Play

My oldest son is 17. (How can I have a 17 year old?  I met my husband when I was 17!) Play looks a lot different for him as a teen than it did when he was elementary age. For my son, it has looked very much like being an adult. At 15 he wanted…

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What Do You Want Your Kids to Remember?

  When you look out in the future and your children are grown, what things do you want them to say about growing up in your home? One of the things I want my kids to say is that we had fun. Now, something you must know about me is that FUN doesn’t come naturally…

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Outdoor Play

When you think of outdoor play, what comes to your mind? Rec league athletics such as soccer or t-ball?  Time at a playground?  Or do you think more about unstructured, free play? All of these are beneficial and contribute to your child’s health. Team sports help kids learn to work together with others while practicing…

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Let’s Talk About Connection

How do you connect with your spouse? Your best friend? What is it that makes you feel connected? My guess is that your answer will be different from mine. The same is true for our kids. So I’d like to challenge you this week to observe your kids to see if you can determine what…

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Parenting Intentions

How many weeks do you start out with plans for all the great things you are going to do with your kids? Your plans might include a trip to the park or library, an ice cream treat, building a fort or baking cookies. But you get to the end of the week and realized that…

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