Kids

Super Fun Stay-at-Home Summer Camp Ideas

Sleeping under the stars. Best friend bracelets. Catching fireflies. There’s something special about attending summer camp that lives in a child’s memory long after the late-night storytelling has ended.

Want to create that summer-camp experience at home — saving money and spending quality time with your kids? It’s easy. Just borrow these fun ideas.

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5 Mom-Approved Tips for Getting Kids to Complete Chores

Ask any mother if her children listen, and when she’s done laughing, she’ll ask if you have any advice. It’s difficult enough to get kids to tune in. But when it comes to convincing them to do chores, the effort can feel herculean.

Not that we can blame them, because chores aren’t fun! So it’s a parent’s job to make them seem that way, whether it’s taking out the trash, dusting or vacuuming, or just picking up toys after playtime.

The secret? Learn from the experts: other moms. Here are five parent-approved tips for getting kids to complete their chores.

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4 Tips for Choosing the Best Bed for Growing Kids

Child sleeping with her teddy bear

For health and development, children require nine to 12 hours of sleep each night, and it’s vital to their well-being that this biologic and emotional need be an ongoing priority. (If only grownups followed this same rule.) Selecting the right bed and mattress is key to ensuring little ones get the proper rest for brain function, immunity, growth, and even handling stress.

Here are four tips for selecting the best kids bed for a great night’s sleep:

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DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater

Ugly Christmas Sweater DIY

So you’ve been invited to the holiday office party, and the invitation says to arrive in an ugly Christmas sweater. Ugh. No worries … you got this! (It’s better than having to bring the fruitcake, right?) In an afternoon, and under $20, you can transform an otherwise boring sweater into something legendary with the following steps:

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Phones for Kids: 5 Things to Consider

cute kid playing games on smartphone

Today, it’s not questions about the birds and the bees that stump parents, as much as the inevitable, “When can I get a cell phone?” The average age for kids to get their first phone is 10, up from age 12 just four years ago. And, as parents get tired of handing their own phones over, that age is likely to continue to get younger. The next question becomes which phone to choose. Here are five things to consider as you shop for your child’s first smartphone.

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