All Blog Posts Tagged 'play' (81)

Why we need good Dads

Whenever people see my family for the first time, they tend to stare at my son, then my husband, then me. They are trying to see who my son resembles more. Most people ultimately give up and declare that my son is a perfect blend of my husband and I. (We think so, too.) I like knowing that my son is part me and part my husband, because we both - like all parents - have a big role to play.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 20, 2016 at 6:37am — No Comments

When did Lego sets turn violent?

When my son was born, he received a couple of LEGO sets. Even though he wouldn't be able to play with them for years, family and friends knew that my husband was a big LEGO fan and were certain that my son would be one, too.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 6, 2016 at 6:37am — No Comments

Focusing your attention on the important things

My son is six now, but I vividly remember the oh-so-brief period when he was a baby. He would sit on the floor with toys scattered all around him and either his Daddy or I would be on the floor nearby, watching him play and sometimes joining in to help him with his blocks or trucks. I never wondered if we were playing with our son in the "right" way or even if there was a "right" way to play with him.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on May 3, 2016 at 6:29am — No Comments

Is depression becoming inevitable?

It doesn't matter what you are doing as a parent, if you read enough studies you learn that you are parenting wrong. But it is easy to accept that you are wrong as a parent: You have, after all, a constant walking/talking reminder in your life that you are an unfair, mean person and that you are crushing all the joy out of life because you won't let someone play on his iPad and instead keep insisting that he brush his teeth.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 26, 2016 at 6:32am — No Comments

Feeling a little ticklish

I am not ticklish.

Let me clarify…
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Added by Lauren Markman on April 22, 2016 at 6:25am — No Comments

A-Frame Tent Project

A simple weekend project, we made a wood a-frame tent for our children to play in. For more details including downloadable instructions you can read more at …

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Added by EMILY ROLFING-GUMMOW on April 13, 2016 at 12:34pm — No Comments

Getting off the park bench

When it comes down to it, I have two choices.



1. I could sit here on this park bench, which is in the sunshine and giving me a much-needed boost of vitamin D. And I could read my book, which I have…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 12, 2016 at 6:18am — No Comments

Teaching girls to be afraid

Like most parents, I have noticed that my son plays differently with me than he does with my husband. With me, he wants Mommy to do things with him or for him and he tends to choose activities that aren't risky. With my husband, he wants to try new things, explore the world a bit more and generally tumble around.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on February 29, 2016 at 6:21am — No Comments

DIY Cornstarch Slime



Little A honestly has the attention span of a gnat. All throughout the day, he's fluttering from activity to activity, quickly…
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Added by Savannah Noe on February 4, 2016 at 1:36pm — No Comments

Just say No to homework

Imagine this: School is over. Your children go to their after-school sports activity or music lesson and finally comes home. They have time to play outside and get some fresh air and sunshine. At the dinner table, everyone has time to talk about their day before retiring for their separate activities for the evening. Your children go to bed on time.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 25, 2015 at 6:11am — No Comments

Elijah and the Ninja Skills

Around Lape Haven, we kind of love silly. We thrive on imagination and creativity. We choose birthday party themes based on how costume-friendly they are. (We really do.)

But I have to say, sometimes, I am still amazed at how quirky my kids can be. They provide me with hours of…

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Added by Kishona Lape on October 7, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Growing up too soon

On the days that I think about it too much, I can't believe that my son is already five. Like most parents, I think that I blinked and he went from being a gurgling baby to a chaotic, smart, loving kid.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 6, 2015 at 6:27am — No Comments

Four day school weeks

Five mornings a week I have the same conversation with my son involving the reality of it being morning (despite the lack of sunlight) and how he will need to depart the happy warmth of his bed and zombie-walk his way to the bathroom to get ready for school. My cheerful morning greetings are met with dreariness and drudgery.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 25, 2015 at 6:29am — No Comments

Messy Mama-school: Alphabet Farm

I'm in a bit of a conundrum. For over a month I have been planning THE CUTEST farm unit... And then my computer crashed, spent several weeks at the doctor, and returned good as new. All was good for 1 week. And my charger bit the dust. I am still waiting on my new charger. If you have noticed my pictures are a little sub-par and a lack of printables.... That is why! (Continue reading:… Continue

Added by Kate on September 7, 2015 at 9:18am — No Comments

The One and Only... Maggie Daley Park

Maggie Daley Park in Chicago, IL

The one and only Maggie Daley Park is located in the loop or downtown area of Chicago, IL. It is a FREE public park and is 20 acres! The playground is near the Lake Michigan shoreline so not only are you getting great views of the city, you're also getting amazing views of the lakeshore.

Maggie Daley Park

The first thing you see when walking…

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Added by Jazelle on August 20, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

10 Fun Summer Activities for Kids

10 Fun Summer Activities for Kids

I walked into a store today to pick up a picture frame and other nicknacks. After gathering my items and getting in line, an older lady looked down at my children (who were bouncing around like a couple of sugar-high human jumping jacks) and said, “I have two just like that. Well, my son has two just like that. I really think they should just have school all year round. Being out for the summer…

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Added by Jazelle on July 28, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

New Products For Outdoor Play

Hi everybody I just finished a new blog on products and thing for outdoor play.  Take a look at blissfuldiscountblog.com thanks for all your support and forget to check out my great deals on outdoor Play.

Added by Marianne Bliss on July 18, 2015 at 12:39pm — No Comments

10 Date Ideas for Parents and Children

10 Date Ideas for Parents and Children When you first think of the word "date," it's easy to assume that it involves two individuals roughly around the same age who are in some type of romantic relationship, whether new or seasoned. While this may be true, "dates" can include kids, too. (preferably not in addition to the two individuals in a romantic relationship- that's what babysitters are for!) Special outings with just one child and…

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Added by Jazelle on June 11, 2015 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

Showing Our Disney Side in 2015 - The Party! #DisneySide

Today was the big day. We finally had our Valentine's Day Party! As usual, things don't always go as planned, but it all worked out for the best. I planned on having a lot of games, prizes and music, but with the popcorn snack boxes and a house full of mostly boys, I had a feeling it wouldn't be all frills.…

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Added by Ronda on February 14, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Traditional families in the game of Life

Santa brought us the board game Life for Christmas. I hadn't played that game since I was a child, and I was genuinely surprised at the amount of changes to it: The careers are different, there are lots more action cards and it is much harder to go into debt.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 6, 2015 at 6:47am — No Comments

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