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Tips For Getting Girls Into Sports

Would it surprise you to know that girls are twice as likely to drop out of sporting activities through their teenage years than boys? Or to realize that most young girls start engaging in organized sports up to two whole years later than boys? …

How To Help A Friend Who Is an Addict

One of the most devastating things that can happen to any family is substance abuse in any form. Anything in excess is never good for anyone. That could be anything from too much food, exercise, alcohol or even shopping. Addictive behaviors can turn relationships upside down for those who…

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All Blog Posts Tagged 'play' (97)

Feeling a little ticklish

I am not ticklish.

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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

Playing With Trains! Train Activities for Kids

How often have you gone into a doctor’s office, toy or book store and saw a train table set up for the kids? Are you the parent that secretly groans when you see the train table because you realize how difficult it will be to peel your child away? Over the years, many play time and therapy hours have been spent at the train table. While it can be challenging to find ways to connect while the trains seem to suck every ounce of attention from the child it is well worth the effort. There are…

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Added by shelah moss on December 30, 2014 at 11:58am — No Comments

Hey, Mom! Watch this!

It is the echoing cry of children throughout the playground:



"Hey, Mom! Watch this!"…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 1, 2014 at 6:24am — No Comments

Silky Soft Play Dough

No cook, 2 ingredient dough. 

You need:

  • 1 part conditioner
  • 2 parts corn starch
  • food color (optional)

Directions:

  1. Mix together…
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Added by Tiffany Miranda on November 14, 2014 at 5:16pm — No Comments

Conversation with my son

Every weekend my kids want to have company come over. I'm always reminding them that I don't have a built in card in my brain that automatically stores the contact information for everyone I meet, and neither do they, so they need to physically exchange numbers with their friends. Do they? No, but every weekend we seem to have…

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Added by Ronda on October 25, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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