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How to Nurture Your Child's Artistic Spirit Without Having to Rent a Storage Unit for All This Freaking Art

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How to Nurture Your Child's Artistic Spirit Without Having to Rent a Storage Unit for All This Freaking Art

Don’t get me wrong, I'm all for kids expressing themselves artistically, but if I have to find a place to store one more piece of art, I'm going to lose it. It’s not all ‘good’ and some of it is actually ‘shitty’, but yet I keep it all. Because, love. I have storage bins FULL of paintings and drawings my darling children have created over the years, but I’m at max capacity. So, I've started getting crafty about different ways they can still show off their Jackson Pollock skills that don’t result in a trip to the storage unit with...

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What Honest Toy Ads Would Look Like

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What Honest Toy Ads Would Look Like

Looking back, I made a lot of mistakes in the time period between my friends and family starting to have kids and having my first one. No mistake is greater than responding to their pleas "not to get their kids anything for their birthday" with, "Oh, come on, kids are so fun to shop for! I'll just get them something small." Because, as I now appreciate as a parent, small toys can be just as bad as big ones. They are often sharp. Or loud. Or disintegrate into a dozen smaller pieces that find their way into every corner of your home. ...

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Try This New Winter Activity That's Taking my Living Room by Storm!

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Try This New Winter Activity That's Taking my Living Room by Storm!

When it comes to keeping kids busy during long, brutally cold Minnesota winters, I'm the fricking champ. When my son was little, I did in-home childcare for some friends’ kids. Spring, Summer, and Fall, piece of cake. We played outside and did crafts on the deck and went on walks to the playground and all that jazz. In the Winter, we had a lot of busy small people in one small house during very frigid weather. I had to get clever with what we had in the house to keep them entertained and to maintain my sanity. And so, cotton-balling...

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The Five Emotional Stages of Apple Picking

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The Five Emotional Stages of Apple Picking

This month, in a fall-themed edition of "activities that sound more fun than they are," we have...APPLE PICKING. The cycle is always the same...   Stage 1: Delusion "I have an idea! We should go apple picking! The days are getting cooler, the leaves are turning, it will be the perfect fall activity. We'll have so much fun. Everyone, put on your sweaters." Stage 2: Persuasion "Remember? You loved apple picking last year! We got to ride on a tractor and I made all those pies, remember? Well trust me, you loved it. It's going to be the perfect fall activity....

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