Five Ways to Say I Love You

January 23, 2013 at 18:34 | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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It’s important to make the time to show your children how much you love them.

The special touch will go a long way for both you and them.

Here are five ways to say “I Love You” with actions that speak louder than words.

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Five Tips for Dining Out with Kids

January 4, 2013 at 15:23 | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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tips for dining out with kids

Sometimes parents just want to dine out for a change of pace and a break from cooking, but with young kids it can be a daunting thought. Fear of the dreaded melt down, thrown food, and top of the lungs “talking” are all reasons why some parents avoid taking the plunge. If this sounds familiar, then don’t despair, here are five tips for dining out with kids that will help you prepare and avert disaster!

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Paranoid Dad: Pretend Play, Big Media Brands and My Son’s Future

December 13, 2012 at 13:32 | Posted in Dads, General | 1 Comment
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Pretend PlayWhen I was a little older than my son, I had a hero. He carried a light saber, routinely saved the universe and road around with a guy who could hit the speed of light.

When you’re five years old, these are admirable qualities.

Though maybe debatable, I’m pretty sure I turned out fine. Now, my son has his own hero, who has wings and a spaceship, seeks to beat infinity instead of light speed and has wholesome adventures with a lanky cowboy. I have no doubt his future is a bright one, too.

But, I still get nervous.

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DIY Spin Art Bunting in Five Easy Steps

September 6, 2012 at 12:20 | Posted in Kid's Arts & Crafts | 1 Comment
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Spin Art, bunting, DIY, crafts, paint, art, kid's arts & craftsI fondly remember making spin art with a little machine when I was a kid. So it’s been on my list of toys to get the kids for some time.

I knew they’d have just as much fun as I did watching the paper spin and the colorful paint splatter. And ALEX’s Fantastic Spinner definitely didn’t disappoint. The kids had so much fun spinning and squirting paint they didn’t want to stop.

We ended up with a whole bunch of colorful spin art that we had to find a creative DIY craft solution for.

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Five Ways Babies Learn with Building Blocks

August 29, 2012 at 10:56 | Posted in ALEX Jr. | 3 Comments
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wooden building blocks, motor skills, ALEX Toys, babies, learning, parentingSometimes the simplest toys are the most fun and educational. Classic wooden building blocks are no exception. But when we received our set of Maxville Blocks, we knew they were anything but ordinary. ALEX Toys took their wooden building blocks above and beyond the simple classics by using unique shapes, vibrant colors, and graphic patterns. These modern elements add to the fun and increase the opportunities for imaginative play and learning.

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April 18, 2012 at 11:22 | Posted in ALEX Toys, Mamma Mia Rea | 1 Comment
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About eight months ago, my 3-year-old was diagnosed with sensory integration disorder. As a former special education teacher, it was not a term I was unfamiliar with; I’d worked with plenty of kids with similar diagnoses, as well as other issues that included sensory integration challenges. Ironically, I never suspected, until my son’s teacher sat us down and suggested we have him evaluated, that there was anything going on. I guess that’s one of the blessings and detriments of parenthood: we love our children so much we see them as absolutely perfect the way they are, which is true, but sometimes, we are unable to see where they need extra help until someone else tells us so.

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