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Best Books

Best Books

These books have been chosen from award-winning lists, suggested by parents, and approved by children. So, whether you're looking for books for tykes or teens, they're sure to please. Just scroll down to find your child's age group.

Baby/Preschool:

Time for Bed
By Mem Fox
Ages: 2-6
Looking for a cozy good-night story? With its beautiful illustrations and rhythmic tones, this book will place your child into a restful slumber.

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Updated: March 2, 2021

The 10 Best Kwanzaa Books for Kids

Mom reading kwanzaa book to her daughter

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Updated: February 12, 2020

The Importance of Developing a Strong Family Narrative for Your Kids

developing a strong family narrative in kids

As parents, we want our children to have it all. We bend over backwards researching the best of everything, feeding them healthy foods, shuttling them to activities; yet for many of us, we stop short of truly providing our kids with it all as we forget to incorporate a strong family narrative into their lives. It’s so easy to be future-minded as we focus on important aspects of our children’s lives like education and health that we can neglect the value of bringing the past into the present.

Updated: May 15, 2019

Reduce Your Amount of Trash

Reduce Your Amount of Trash

The Three Rs

Did you know there are three Rs in Green?
Reduce, reuse, recycle.

Everyone likes the convenience of modern life, but we pay in dollars now and garbage tomorrow for a lot of that convenience. So far it's up to each family to decide for itself where to draw the line. When your family wants to start being green, there's help available.

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Updated: February 8, 2022

3 Ways to Celebrate a Name Day

3 ways to celebrate a name day

Choosing a name is one of the most important and exciting parts of parenthood. They imply a sense of identity, uniqueness, personality, and tradition. And it’s not just for the first name, it’s how it flows with the middle and family name.

by: Katy Abel

The End-of-Summer Childcare Gap

The End-of-Summer Childcare Gap

Home AloneA Working Parent's Nightmare
In the last few weeks of summer, the phone rings off the hook at Parents in a Pinch, a Massachusetts-based childcare agency that specializes in helping parents in Boston and Baltimore find back up childcare. The agency's busiest time of year is between the end of summer camp and the beginning of the next school year.

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Updated: September 2, 2020

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The "Grand" in Grandparents

The "Grand" in Grandparents

To many children, grandparents really are "grand" — as in magnificent and wonderful. After all, Grandma and Grandpa always are happy to see them, let them stay up late and sleep in, cook their favorite foods, buy them a beloved toy, and listen attentively as they recount their dreams and disappointments. Grandma and Grandpa just revel in their grandchild's presence, and vice-versa.

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Updated: June 26, 2019

School Lunch Ideas: 10 Healthy Ways to Fill Your Kids' Lunchboxes

School Lunch Ideas: 10 Healthy Ways to Fill Your Kids' Lunchboxes

When you're looking for school lunch ideas, it's easy to throw a handful of cheap, pre-packed lunchbox fillers into your shopping cart and call it a week. But what are those shortcuts really costing? Besides the empty calories, sodium, and sugar, there's the guilt you feel sending your child off to school with something you'd never cook or eat at home. For example, did you know Lunchables have between a quarter and a third of the daily recommended sodium for an adult?

Updated: April 23, 2022

150 Would You Rather Questions for Kids (& Free Printable)

the ultimate list of would you rather questions

If family dinnertime conversation is falling short, these fun and silly "Would You Rather?" questions are a great way to get everyone talking.

More: Family Dinners: The Recipe for Connectedness

Ever played the “Would You Rather?” game with your family or friends? We love this game because it appeals to all ages. You can play it with everyone from toddlers through grandparents, and learn something new about your loved ones.

Updated: March 2, 2021

5 Ways to Bond With Your Teen Before College

mom and teen bonding before college

The time is approaching to send your teen off to her first year of college. How did this time possibly arrive so fast? Don’t you remember getting dropped off at college yourself like it was yesterday? Though your head and heart may be spinning with questions and emotions, this summer is essentially a milestone moment for your family. Thinking through how you would like to ensure that you get in some bonding time with your teen in advance is important so you can both make the most of this special summer.

Updated: November 14, 2019

8 Reasons Why Being Pregnant During the Holidays Is The Worst

pregnant woman sitting at home during christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. However, when you’re pregnant during the holidays you may feel anything but merry and bright. Aches, pains, and the inability to indulge in some of your favorite party snacks and drinks are only a few of the reasons why pregnant women can be found saying “Bah Humbug” during this magical season. Here are the eight most common reasons why a soon-to-be-mom might sound like the Grinch.

Updated: January 25, 2022

14 Valentine's Day Games for Kids from Crafts to Candy

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Kids love to feel loved and to celebrate holidays. This Valentine’s Day, you can show your children some special holiday love by playing a few of these Valentine’s Day games for kids. Whether you play as a family at home or in a classroom party at school, there are so many fun games to make the most of this holiday and to show your children that you care.

Updated: April 20, 2022

10 Health Changes to Make if You Plan to Get Pregnant in the New Year

young woman drinking fresh juice smoothie

They say you’re never quite ready for everything motherhood throws your way--as much as you try. However, if you’re hoping this new year is THE year you’ll get pregnant (fingers and toes crossed!) there are some ways to prep your body for baby. Here’s some health advice from the pros to consider if you’ve got babies on the brain!

More: TTC? 5 Things to Consider First

by: Erin Dower

12 Simple but Special Traditions for Your Child's Birthday

12 Simple but Special Traditions for Your Child's Birthday

Planning a picture-perfect, creative, straight-off-of-Pinterest birthday for your child is so last year (not to mention LOTS of work). The most meaningful and lasting birthday memories can come from simple gestures you repeat each year to make your child feel special.

Resist the urge to go overboard and try one or two of these easy birthday traditions for your child. We promise they'll be thrilled!


Top 5 Best and Worst Gifts for Babies First Birthday

Check out the best and worst presents for a first birthday party.

 

Updated: March 2, 2021

8 Days of Hanukkah Gifts for Kids

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Editor’s Note:We know raising kids can be hard. That’s why we’re dedicated to making your life easier with the latest and greatest parenting advice and products. We wanted to let you know that if you chose to purchase one of the items featured in this post, we may receive a small commission for it.

So you have eight nights of gift giving to contend with and don't even know where to begin? Hanukkah is a perfect time to choose gifts that the whole family can participate in to make the most of the family aspect of the holiday.

Updated: August 27, 2019

Staff Tips: 9 Morning Routine Hacks to Get Your Kids to the Bus Stop on Time

Morning Routine Hacks

It's 7:29am, the school bus is pulling up in front of your house, and your child has one shoe on, can't find the other one, her homework is still on the kitchen counter, and the contents of her backpack may or may not actually be what she needs to bring to school that day. The morning routine is way off course.

You open the front door and wave the bus driver away...looks like another day of driving your kid to school, being late for work, and generally watching your morning collapse in chaos. Or is it?

Updated: February 12, 2020

3 Cute and Quick Valentine's Day Crafts

Valentine's Day Yarn Wreath Craft

Making Valentine's Day crafts together is a perfect way to spend time with your little love! These three easy Valentine's Day crafts can be done in less than a half-hour each and create keepsakes that can be treasured forever.

1. Wrapped in Love

This activity will keep kids focused and busy for at least a half hour, and is also a great way to practice their fine motor skills. Sarah from HowWeeLearn.com describes this simple craft: