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Wild Kratts Toy Giveaway

Wild Kratts Creature Packs

There are many great shows on PBS KIDS, but a family favorite has always been Wild Kratts. Children learn interesting facts about animals while being entertained by the superhero versions of the Kratt Brothers, Chris and Martin Kratt. We love the Wild Kratts so much that we’re giving away one Wild Kratts Creature Power Pack (the Runners and Swimmers set it pictured below) and one plush toy. Check out the Rafflecopter ... Read More »

Intel Tablets: Affordable Tech for #BackToSchool + Holiday

An array of Intel-powered tablets

Intel-Powered Tablets are more affordable than you might think, and some are perfectly suited for Back To School, loaded up with educational apps for kids. I recently got a peek at some tablets and I was very impressed with the size and price points. For example, did you know there are Intel-powered tablets on the market right now starting at $99? It’s true. The Toshiba Excite Go weighs in at ... Read More »

Invisalign Teen: The Alternative to Metal Mouth

StraightTalk Invisalign Teen

This post is part of a sponsored campaign; all opinions belong to the author. Being a teenager can be mortifying. I know for me, every pimple made me cringe, every hair out of place made me want to crawl under a rock. So imagine what it’s like to get the dreaded metal-mouth: Braces. Sure, it may be a right of passage along with entering puberty these days, but that doesn’t ... Read More »

Is a Child’s Race More than Just a Detail?

multicultural books (photo by Wendy Kennar)

How important is one’s race? That one question can generate a lot of controversy, and so can the answers to that question. Honestly, I’m ambivalent about it. Growing up, I didn’t think too much about race — until I began researching college scholarships. Suddenly, it seemed that every available scholarship posted in my high school counseling office was for students that weren’t Caucasian. When I began dating an African-American man, ... Read More »

On My Way To School – Book Review

On-My-Way-To-School

This is a guest post by Krisha Garvey So…what’s always the best way to deal with new experiences or things that gives us butterflies in our tummy? Make it super fun!!!! The little girl Livi in the adorably clever new children’s book On My Way To School by Sarah Maizes has got it right. What would seemingly be a nerve racking first day of school becomes a morning full of adventure. ... Read More »

Talking to Young Kids About Smoking

no smoking sign (photo by Wendy Kennar)

Lately, my six-year-old son has been asking questions about the neighbors he observes smoking. “Why is she outside smoking?” “Why is that man smoking?  He’s making the air dirty.” Until recently, my son hadn’t known the term “cigarettes.” It was never an issue before, never a topic of conversation. But he asked what they were, and I told him that cigarettes are very unhealthy. In his mind, that should be ... Read More »

Camping With Kids; A Surprising and Hilarious Journey

utah-camping-lindsay-kavet

This is a guest post by Lindsay Kavet Camping with Kids: My Journey To a Surprisingly Hilarious & Thought Provoking Hell, That Ultimately I Cherish. The day after school ended my husband and I packed up our three kids, ages 7, 4 & 2 and hit the road. I packed my Xanax & some other things, but not too much because we were headed to Utah to camp. We have not ... Read More »

Back to School; Summer is Over

Summer-Yvonne-Condes

In a couple of weeks, my boys will be back at school. That means we’ll be back to having a set schedule and a routine. I like that idea a lot, but I’m also sad that summer break will soon be over and another school year will be starting. No more beach. No more road trips. No more walks to get ice cream. Not that we actually did many of those ... Read More »

Exploring the World at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Safari Park (photo by Wendy Kennar)

Recently we took our son on his first visit to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park (previously known as the Wild Animal Park). As we spent the day roaming around the vast facility, I was reminded of something a veteran teacher told me when I first started teaching kindergarten. She told me that when kids are that young, it’s all about exposure. Children are open and receptive to new ideas, ... Read More »

PBS Kids Summer Learning Giveaway

SummerLearning

We’ve all heard about the Summer Slide, and I’m not talking about the one at the Water Park. It’s the one where kids lose academic ground over the Summer break and have trouble catching back up once school starts up again. PBS Kids has a fun Summer Learning Kit that will help you keep your kids engaged this Summer without making it seem like work. Scroll down to see how ... Read More »

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