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Is Gambling a Man's Thing? We Dare to Disagree

To be a professional gambler, you need to be a man - at least this is what many media outlets and society as a whole are trying to tell us. Of course, men are seen as being risk-takers but this doesn't necessarily translate into them being the only gender to enjoy playing casino games. Stats show that as many women enjoy a few spins on a Royal Vegas slot machine than…

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Pillow Fort, Unicorn Ride plus other Make Believe Adventures.​

UPDATE: Ellie is currently hooked with Boss Baby.

It was a relief! We memorized both songs and lines in Moana and even with eyes closed we know the scenes by heart. Who wouldn’t? We watched Moana and Maui for more than 100 times already.Now that Ellie is turning two, she can easily pick up words and phrases and one of the developments that we noticed is that she is into pretend play and make-believe. Just like Tim (the young boy in Boss Baby). In the story, Tim has a great imagination…

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Added by Abigail on July 10, 2017 at 4:00am — No Comments

A Valid Way to Find More Mom Friends

Are you a mom who wishes she had more mom friends? I was too, until I found mom.life – an app just for moms. I was feeling pretty lonely as my husband works long, tiring hours about an hour away. I was pregnant when I first found this app. It used to be known as Preggie, but with a new app design came a new name - and so was born Mom.Life.

I really had nobody to really talk to as a mom. I didn’t…

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Added by Sarah McCormick on June 23, 2017 at 1:53pm — No Comments

Men at play

I do not understand the way my husband and son play together.



Yes, I have read the research around the importance of fathers and the way they play with their children. I understand that fathers encourage their children to take more risks and explore the world. I also understand how important it is for…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 5, 2017 at 7:46am — No Comments

The Amazing Truth About Being Outside

Almost everyone agrees that sending kids outside to play is good for them. This focus on outdoors has spawned the increasingly popular forest preschool phenomena in Northern Europe and even …
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Added by Lorë Phillips on April 23, 2017 at 9:57am — No Comments

No time like the present

My son is doing his math homework on the computer. Today's lesson centers on the clock. He dutifully types in the time that each clock face represents. Since he is pretty good at this, he whizzes through all the questions.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 6, 2017 at 6:37am — No Comments

Today, I stepped on a LEGO

At least twice a month, I step on a LEGO. I look upon it as an exercise to hurt myself and not curse aloud.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 18, 2017 at 6:24am — No Comments

Extending the boundaries of play

My son is looking at me incredulously. "All the way to the edges? Are you sure?"



Yup, I'm sure.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 25, 2016 at 7:09am — No Comments

Learning how to play at recess

Every evening at dinner I like to ask my son what he did at school. If I am lucky, I will ask the specific enough question to get him to tell me about an actual event that happened (instead of getting the "I don't know" or "it was good" stock answer). I love it when he tells me about his day, and it is worth it to figure out the right series of questions to get him to talk about it - suddenly a whole world of information will come out of…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 21, 2016 at 6:48am — No Comments

Learning how to play at recess

Every evening at dinner I like to ask my son what he did at school. If I am lucky, I will ask the specific enough question to get him to tell me about an actual event that happened (instead of getting the "I don't know" or "it was good" stock answer). I love it when he tells me about his day, and it is worth it to figure out the right series of questions to get him to talk about it - suddenly a whole world of information will come out of…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 21, 2016 at 6:48am — No Comments

Toddlympics

I had no idea the 2016 Summer Olympics would affect our life so greatly. Now I’m only being slightly facetious here. I love the Olympics and find myself a little lost now that I don’t have a new series of events to cheer for every night. Maybe I’ll get into bed before 1am now. Yeah right.

How…

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Added by Meg Kerns on August 24, 2016 at 12:26am — No Comments

Toddler Life: Water Table Sensory Play

In this post: Five ways to use a water table for sensory play.

Water Table Play

Hello, dear ones! Here’s the second Toddler Life post and it’s all about the fun you can have with a water table. I never had a water table with Michael, but I’m really enjoying creative water play with Leeland. Even Michael gets in on the fun.…

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Added by Amber Dover on August 12, 2016 at 2:07am — No Comments

You gotta know when to push them...

My son gets a weekly allowance and dutifully puts the money into one of his jars. We've used the money in his Give jar a few times for donations to his school and other causes that he chooses. It's the Save and Spend jars that I am still teaching him to work with.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on August 8, 2016 at 6:29am — No Comments

The way we play

My brother recently texted me a photo of a wooden critter playset and asked if I had something similar to that when I was little. I affirmed for him that I was the proud owner of many Sylvanian Families: Skunks, foxes, bears, squirrels - I had them all (thanks, Mom!). I adored these woodland, hard-working creatures and their…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 27, 2016 at 6:39am — No Comments

The color of your urine

At some point in my twenties, I learned that my urine should always be really light yellow - never dark. I vividly remember reading that but can't recall where. For some reason, out of all the health advise I've collected (and forgotten) over the years, that piece has stayed with me: If the color is too dark, you need to drink more water.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on July 26, 2016 at 6:33am — No Comments

Keep off my (very small) lawn

My son does not like the backyard in our new house.



In our old house, there was a big backyard that was mostly flat and it was perfect for water battles and running around. In the new house, the backyard mostly consists of a hill (that will be great for sledding on), but we definitely can't have water…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 12, 2016 at 6:48am — No Comments

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

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