How important is it to read to kids?

Mom reading to her child

Learn what your child gets out of being read to. Then turn the tables and discover what parents get out of reading to their kids. List of Polls Next Poll … [Read more...]

What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book?


Can't decide on a favorite Dr. Seuss book? Get a complete listing of all of the books he wrote. Or take this Dr. Seuss Quiz to test your knowledge of Dr. Seuss books. Make your next get-together wild and wacky with this Dr. Seuss-Themed Party Guide that will help you with everything from … [Read more...]

Five Reasons to Love Elmo (in honor of his birthday!)


Everyone's favorite furry red monster is turning 3 1/2! In honor of the momentous occasion, we've compiled a list of our top 5 reasons kids (and their parents!) just can't get enough of the little guy.   1. He’s not afraid to try new things. Much like a toddler, Elmo spends his time … [Read more...]

The Best Ways to Handle Separation Anxiety

boy with separation anxiety

Tearing yourself away from a screaming, distraught child is so tough. The vast majority of kids struggle with separation anxiety when faced with leaving their parents and caregivers at some point in their lives. They will eventually grow out of it—but that doesn’t make things any easier when you’re … [Read more...]

Sticks and Stones: Books that Tackle Bullying

Kids Bullying Books

Bullying—it’s not just “kids being kids” anymore. The conversation and attitude surrounding schoolyard teasing, name-calling and intimidation has changed drastically in recent years. No longer viewed as an isolated problem or a coming-of-age inevitability, school boards, teachers and parents are … [Read more...]

Are You a Helicopter Parent?

Helicopter mom

You’ve probably heard of them: Helicopter Moms or Hover Parents. What is a Helicopter Parent? Parents who are extremely overprotective or who take an excessive interest in their kids’ lives by trying to "manage" all aspects of them might be considered Helicopter Parents. On the other hand, what … [Read more...]

Screen Time vs. “Me” Time


Here’s something I’ve realized about myself and parenting: Sometimes, I don’t wanna. Which, y’know, is an inconvenient feeling once you’re a parent, because you kinda lose the option. It's at those times a little voice in my head says I should plop the kids in front of a screen and let them "veg" … [Read more...]

5 Children’s Books That Teach Empathy


Empathy is a powerful emotion: it allows us to sympathize, share and relate to the experiences and emotions of those around us. For children, developing empathy is a key part of their emotional growth and socialization. It's something that should be fostered from a young age and what better way to … [Read more...]

Bedtime Stories: Well Read and Early to Bed


It’s amazing how incredibly intuitive children can be. A perfect example is bedtime. My kids always seem to sense the end of the night is approaching and suddenly become bereft with needs. Thirst, hunger, the desire for an extra-long bath, an urge to play with every toy in their bedroom—all of these … [Read more...]

Dr. Seuss Quotes Quiz: Who Said It?


Dr. Seuss quotes are a priceless blend of thought-provoking ideas and rib-tickling rhymes. His books are adored by generations of children and parents alike. Test your family's knowledge of Dr. Seuss quotes by  by playing this guessing game, "Dr. Seuss Quotes Quiz: Who said it?" The more Dr. Seuss … [Read more...]

Why Read to Kids: Emotional Rewards of Reading Aloud


Why read to kids? The reasons to read aloud to our children are so numerous that we decided to divide them up into different categories. In addition to helping kids' academic skills, there are a whole host of Social and Emotional benefits kids (and parents!) receive from reading together. While … [Read more...]

Favorite Books from Childhood: Toddler to Third Grader


I'll bet you had a list of favorite books when you were a child. Maybe it was a book that spirited you away to new worlds or introduced you to a character you admired. Maybe you loved the sound of an adult reading to you as you got ready for bed. Perhaps it was the discovery that the words strung … [Read more...]