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Take Your Kid to an Adventure Playground 

If you’re looking for a pristine playground to take your pristine children, one where they can go down primary-colored plastic slides and land onto a cushioned surface, this post may not be for you. Today, we’re talking about adventure playgrounds, where you’re more likely to find kids hammering nails into scrap…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Have Your Young Artist Enter Google’s ‘Doodle 4 Google’ Contest 

Think your kid’s art deserves to be showcased beyond your refrigerator door? It’s the 10th anniversary of the Doodle 4 Google contest, and K-12 students have three weeks left to submit their renditions of the Google logo. The winner will score a $30,000 scholarship, a $50,000 technology package for their school and…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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How to Help a Kid Who Has a Tough Time With Transitions

Moving from one activity to another can be difficult, even for adults. It’s especially challenging for kids when the transition is being made from something enjoyable (like playing or watching TV!) to something less desirable (like leaving a fun place or doing chores). When my son was a toddler, he had a really hard…Read more… […]

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Teach Kids About Mindfulness With These Everyday Objects 

Mindfulness can be as powerful for children as it is for adults—it can help them regulate their emotions and respond more calmly when life gets stressful. But simply telling your kids to “clear your thoughts!” or “be present!” will probably just make them more confused (and therefore more stressed). Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Comic Books Are Books 

Comics can be thought-provoking, boundary-breaking, emotionally complex, and all the things that books without pictures can be. Any kid who’s ever devoured a title like Anya’s Ghost or Invisible Emmie or A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel can already tell you this. Some parents, though, could use more convincing.…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Teach Your Kid to Be a Good Sport

Everyone who has a child in a competitive hobby knows the types: the boy who disputes every call the referee makes, the parent who hurls invective from the sidelines, the girl who can barely bring herself to shake hands after her team loses. Playing sports and games is hugely valuable for child development: They learn…Read […]

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See if Your Toys ‘R’ Us Is One of the 180 Stores That Are Closing

Toys “R” Us, the place where kids once got everything “from bikes and trains to video games,” is closing one-fifth of its locations, or about 180 stores. Debt, declining sales, a failure to establish a strong online presence in an age when exhausted parents can get that Barbie castle with one click on Amazon—it has…Read […]

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How to Get Your Kid Out the Door Faster Every Morning

Getting kids out the door in the morning can go one of two ways: They wake up early and then dawdle, forcing a last-minute scramble, or they wake up late, forcing a last-minute scramble. I know very few people who get to school or day care on time and with serenity—maybe those folks who have […]

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