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Advice from Dr. Spock’s 9th Edition: Less Materialism, More Nature

In the pantheon of parenting gurus, Dr. Spock appears to have legendary staying power. Nowadays, there are shelves full of niche parenting books, offering advice on raising twins or singletons, high-spirited toddlers and attention-starved middle children. But this week, the good doctor weighed in yet again with his generalist and More >

17 Great Indoor Games and Activities for Kids!

When my family moved from snowy Massachusetts to sunny Austin, Texas, I breathed a sigh of relief. No more cold, wet days cooped up indoors with a restless toddler. I’d just open the back door, pour a Texas-sized glass of iced tea, and watch my daughter frolic in the sun. More >

Toddler Pretend Play: Tips for Boosting Your Child’s Imagination

It may not seem like a milestone, but if your toddler snaps your photo with a wooden block (it’s a camera, silly!) or bundles her bear into a blanket, she’s made an important development leap. Engaging in pretend play (also called symbolic play, imaginative play, dramatic play, or good old More >

‘Buying Toys This Christmas? Try Renting Them Instead’

IF you want to avoid spending a lot of money this year on things that won’t last, like Christmas trees and toys, you don’t have to buy. You can now rent them, enjoying the items in your house but sending them back when you don’t want them anymore.

I first started More >

Kids Holiday Craft Ideas

Because handmade gifts not only save us money, they melt our hearts! Check out these holiday craft ideas for kids from Family Fun magazine online!

Weecycled Bundles of Joi

Okay, honestly… how many of you know about that great little resource called Weecycled on route 46 by the infamous Cliff’s Ice Cream?  I’ll admit, it took having my first child and passing a bunch of times in wonder before I finally paid attention and eventually went in.  What a More >

CDC Information on Antibiotic Resistance

Get Smart:  Fast Facts About Antibiotic Resistance

Fast Facts About Antibiotic Resistance

  • Antibiotic resistance has been called one of the world’s most pressing public health problems.
  • The number of bacteria resistant to antibiotics has increased in the last decade. Many bacterial infections are becoming resistant to the most commonly prescribed antibiotic treatments.
  • Every time More >

Monkeydoodles Playroom Open House 11/12

Monkeydoodles Playroom is an indoor play place for children up to age 4.  The center is located in Jefferson and is hosting an open house on Saturday, November 12.

More Information here.

AAP News Release – Halloween Safety Tips


  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
  • Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic More >

How To Survive the Stomach Flu!

Uh oh: puke alert!

What parents need to know about treating stomach bugs, keeping your child comfortable, and how long the virus usually lasts

What is the stomach flu?

The “stomach flu” is really a misnomer, explains Barbara Frankowski, MD, professor of pediatrics at Vermont Children’s Hospital in Burlington. “It’s not the flu More >