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Worried Those Early Extracurriculars Are a Waste of Money? Maybe Not.

by ParentCo.

New research shows extracurriculars are promising for kids and their development in numerous ways, even during early childhood. Here's what makes a difference.

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How Summer Travel Helps Promote Outdoor Play

by ParentCo.

The benefits of outdoor play are endless. But sometimes being stuck in our routine makes it less of a priority. Traveling can bump it back to the top.

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To the Parent Sitting on the Sidelines Watching: Jump In!

To the Parent Sitting on the Sidelines Watching: Jump In!

by Katelyn Denning

It takes so much energy just to get everyone to the fun. But what if having fun yourself gives you that energy back? What would change if you jumped in?

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Why Kids Watch the Strangest Things on YouTube

Why Kids Watch the Strangest Things on YouTube

by ParentCo.

Why do kids choose such strange videos on YouTube, like unboxing videos, movies of people playing Minecraft, or clips of YouTube celebrities shopping?

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Why I Let My Son Watch (Some) Sports on TV

by Carrie Howe

He's a competitive kid so he enjoys cheering on "his team" (usually whichever team is winning when he turns on the game).

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Sibling play: Games for Toddlers and Preschoolers to Enjoy Together

by ParentCo.

Playing together is a powerful way for siblings to bond. But for kids at different growth stages, it isn’t always easy to find activities everyone enjoys.

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Summer Camp is the Adventure Your Kids Need to Thrive

by ParentCo.

Dig out that summer camp catalog and take a look at your options. The return on investment definitely seems worth it. We love nature-based free play, too.

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A Trip to Canada’s National Parks May Be Just the Vacay You Need This Summer

by ParentCo.

This summer, find out for yourself why Bono, frontman for U2, said “I believe the world needs more Canada.” Here are incredible places to see with your family.

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4 Outdoor Excursions to Beat the Summer Heat

by ParentCo.

The air conditioning is running and the kids are begging for more screen time. But we're going outside. Here are four ideas for when it's scorching outside.

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5 Budget-Friendly Tips for Hitting the Open Road this Summer

5 Budget-Friendly Tips for Hitting the Open Road this Summer

by ParentCo.

On a family road trip, the good outweighs the bad, and even the bad always makes for a funny memory. Here are five tips for making the most of it.

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Why the Great Outdoors Is the Perfect Playground for your Child

by Joy Turner

As parents, it's our privilege and responsibility to nurture a connection with nature, giving our little ones the tools they need to thrive outside and in life.

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How To Spend More Time Outside As a Family

by Charlie Fletcher

While the benefits of spending time outdoors are clear, it can be hard to come up with activities that everyone will enjoy. Here are ideas for family fun.

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4 Essential Truths About Camping with Kids

by Pam Moore

AA may be responsible for the popularity of the Serenity Prayer, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t perfect in other situations, like taking your kids camping.

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10 Tips for Toddler Camping Like a Boss

by ParentCo.

We usually take our three-year-old camping for a weekend about half a dozen times every summer, so these 10 tips are rooted in our personal experiences.

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April Fools' Day Pranks to Play on Your Kids Because They’ve Got it Coming

by ParentCo.

With April Fools' Day coming, you might be considering how to pull one over on your kids. I've consulted with a few smart alecks to offer you these suggestions.

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Why Blocks Are the One Toy Every Kid Should Have on Their Shelf

by Sanya Pelini

Research that explores the effect of constructive play has found that assembling blocks comes with many benefits.

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5 Ways to Help Your Kids Enjoy Nature in Winter

by ParentCo.

With the slow crawl of the cold season, the kids beg to stay curled up in front of the TV. But getting them outside is the key to staying sane. Here's how.

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Throw a Family-Friendly New Year's Eve Party

by ParentCo.

Whether you couldn’t find a sitter for New Year’s Eve or you don’t feel like heading out in the fray, you can still have a fun, kid-friendly celebration. Here's how.

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What Makes a Great Hannukah Gift?

by ParentCo.

I propose that the best Hannukah gifts reference the values of the holiday and contemporary Jewish culture: sacrifice, self-deprecation, humor, and food.

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6 Simple Ways to Support Your Toddler's Independent Play

by ParentCo.

Fostering solo play is vital to the growth and development of your little one - and even the clingiest of toddlers can do it. Here's how to get started.

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3 Ways to Choose Toys that Grow with your Baby

by Hannah Howard

Babies are constantly developing and transforming, Here are three ways to pick toys that will stay relevant and fun as your baby changes and grows.

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6 Surprising Lessons I Learned by Taking the Time to Play

by ParentCo.

For adults, playing isn't always easy, but if you channel your inner actor and begin to share the joy, you just might learn something.

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How to Make Art With Little Kids - Even if You Aren't Arty

by ParentCO.

At a young age I decided art wasn't for me. My coloring didn't stay inside the lines. Then I became a parent. I wanted to foster my kids' skills and creativity.

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These 7 Books Can Inspire Kids to Get Up and Move

by ParentCo.

Here are seven books that will make your child want to put down the controller and move their feet.

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