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  • Counterfeit Toys and Online Shopping: What Every Parent Needs to Know
    Baby and Toddler Toys
    Counterfeit Toys and Online Shopping: What Every Parent Needs to Know
    As we approach the holiday season, many of us will be purchasing toys and gifts online. Shopping online is convenient and nothing beats shopping in your pajamas! However, there are some pitfalls and one is purchasing a counterfeit item when you t...
    Laura Richards
  • Top 10 Earth Day Books for Children
    Earth Day
    Top 10 Earth Day Books for Children
    Celebrate Earth Day every day by reading some of these great children's books about Mother Earth, recycling, planting trees, and all things green! Fittingly, most of them are printed on recycled or eco-friendly paper. Looking for more? Use our...
  • Best classic board games for kids
    Board Games
    Top 10 Best Classic Board Games for Kids
    It's raining. It's pouring...and the kids are climbing the walls! Don't sweat it! There are plenty of classic board games for kids to get into. They're fun for the whole family -- and they'll keep your kids away from their screens for a few hours...
  • mom talking to daughter about difficult subject
    Death and Dying
    12 Children's Books That Help Explain Tragedies and Death
    It can be incredibly difficult to explain tragedy and death to a young child, and to help them cope. Whether your family is facing a personal loss of a family member or friend, or is struggling with the news of a community or national tragedy, ...
  • Fun Driveway and Sidewalk Games for Kids
    Active Play
    7 Fun Driveway and Sidewalk Games for Kids
    Looking for some classic outdoor games kids can play in the driveway or on the sidewalk, just like the good ol' days? From hopscotch to bubble-blowing contests, here's something for all ages. Best of all, you don't need a lot of equipment or a bi...
  • dangers of fidget spinners
    Toys, Games, and Books
    The Dangers of Fidget Spinners
    Fidget spinners can be found everywhere you look lately, but there are a few hidden costs to this trend. The dangers of fidget spinners aren't just limited to annoying teachers and frustrating parents. Parents have reported chipped teeth, cuts, b...
    Cara J. Stevens
  • 21 Free Educational Apps for Kids
    Mobile Apps
    21 Free Educational Apps for Kids
    Educational apps are a great and fun way to keep your kids learning outside of the classroom, but the cost of all those apps can add up fast. Luckily, there are plenty of free apps for kids that are both educational and fun but won't break the ba...
    Colleen Hughes
  • AAP Says Interactive Screen Time Could Be Healthy
    AAP Says Interactive Screen Time Can Be Healthy
    When it comes to screen time and kids, it isn't all bad news. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers guidelines on how to make screen time healthy and educational.
    Curious World
  • kids reading book to overcome fear
    Fear of the Dark
    15 Books to Help Kids Overcome Their Fears
      Childhood can bring a lot of phobias and anxiety — fear of the dark, or thunder, or monsters, or going to the doctor, or the potty, or school, or the dentist... Eek! So here's a list of great children's books to help kids cure their inner w...
  • summer games and activities for kids
    Summer Crafts and Activities
    Top Summer Games and Activities for Kids
    Looking for some fun summer day activities for your kids? Well look no further! Beach Obstacle Course All you need is a stick and a shovel to make a fun beach activity for your child. Read the instructions for the Beach Obstacle Course. Wat...
  • Best classic board games for kids
    Board Games
    Top 10 Best Classic Board Games for Kids
    It's raining. It's pouring...and the kids are climbing the walls! Don't sweat it! There are plenty of classic board games for kids to get into. They're fun for the whole family -- and they'll keep your kids away from their screens for a few hours...
  • kids potato sack race
    Outdoor Games
    Top 10 Backyard Party Games for All Ages
    Looking for some fun outdoor games to play at your next barbecue or family party? Good ol' fashioned group games — from sack races to cornhole and other toss games — are all the rage these days! So check out this list of our favorite old and ...
    Erin Dower
  • Smartphones
    Entertainment and Activities
    Center for Cyber Safety and Education: Your Toys Are Listening
    We have all heard the horror stories from our parents about the days when you had to actually get out of your chair to change one of the three channels on the TV or flip a record to hear more music. But now we have evolved past the remote and man...
    Patrick Craven
  • Gifts We Wish We Never Bought for Christmas
    Entertainment and Activities
    9 Toys We Wish We Never Bought Our Kids This Holiday Season
    L.O.L. Surprise! Big Surprise This toy started out as the hottest thing for 2017, but lost it's allure once it had been unboxed. Imagine a giant, glittery ball filled with lots of tiny plastic toys for kids to unwrap....lots of cheap, tiny pla...
    Laura Richards
  • How to Deal with Too Many Toys
    Family Life
    4 Tips for Dealing with Too Many Toys After the Holidays
    When it comes to my kids' play room, every day is like Groundhog Day. I straighten up the night before, but the next day, it's the same thing: little toys scattered across the floor, dozens of LEGOs dumped out, piles of dolls on the bed, and ba...
    Rebecca Desfosse
  • 10 Apps for Parents to Monitor Kids
    Mobile Apps
    10 Apps for Parents to Monitor Kids' Mobile Use
    Kids and mobile devices can be a scary mix. Whether your toddler is just starting to use your family tablet or your teen has a new smartphone of her own, check out the wide variety of apps and software — free and paid — that you can use to mo...
    Erin Dower
  • Fact Monster, a safe space for kids to find homework help
    Fact Monster - a safe online educational space for kids

    Are you worried about your kids being online? Fact Monster is a KidSafe-certified site for your kids to get homework help, play games and watch educational videos. Check it out...and give Same Game a try yourself!

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    Autism
    8 Great Children's Books About Autism
    8 Great Children's Books About Autism About 1 in 68 children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to the CDC, so your family probably knows someone with autism. Help your child learn more about ASDs by reading these children's book...