8 Ways to Sneak Learning into Your Child’s Summer

You’ve heard about the summer learning slump before. Libraries across the country lament the loss of one month of reading skills during the summer and aim to encourage reading through various reward programs. Unfortunately, there’s more to the story.

Not only do children lose an average of one month of reading and schooling, they lose two months worth of math skills, four months of math computational skills and 5 months of spelling skills! It’s going to take more than a few trips to the library to ameliorate sliding math and spelling skills, but it might just be a bit more fun. Today we offer some fun ideas to get you started.

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Fun in the Sun with Little Tikes

Summer is upon us and that means it’s time to get out and play! Warmer weather, longer days and no school means parents are looking for ways to get their kids outside and busy. Little Tikes is here to rescue you from hearing “I’m bored!” with their line of summer toys that will have your kids begging to go out in the yard and play! From small ones to big ones, these toys will bring smiles to all your kid’s faces by keeping them busy and happy all summer long.

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Stay Sane this Summer with Sun, Stimulation and Staycations!

Summer’s here — hooray! The kids are home, the days are sunnier, hotter — and longer. Gulp. Now insert soundtrack of whiny “I’m bored’s,” Frozen playing for the millionth time in the background, the washing machine humming because your kids seem to always be getting sticky, muddy, and sweaty, and the sound of the ice cream truck rolling down the street promptly at nap time, no matter when nap time is.

Feel your pulse quickening? Don’t! We’ve got you covered with lots of fun, educational, and inexpensive (or free!) ideas. You’re welcome!

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Gear Guide: Tula Baby Carriers

There’s a reason why Tula ergonomic baby carriers are world-renowned in the baby-wearing world: they are amazing.  The Tula carrier will transform your life with your baby – making it easier to get things done during the day and bond with your baby at the same time.  There’s truly nothing like being close to your little one throughout the day: baby loves it, and mama can enjoy the closeness while working around the house, exercising outside, shopping, or whatever tasks are on the day’s to-do list.  And best of all? It’s comfortable.  So comfortable that you can actually wear a 45 pound toddler with ease.  

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6 Tips for Summer Trips to Grandma’s House

Ahhh, summer. Hot days spent at the pool, magical nights spent outside catching fireflies — and fun overnights at Grandma’s house! We know that traveling with kids is tricky, especially when visiting a not-very-kid-proofed-place like Grandmas. But with the right gear, organization and planning, your trip to Grandma’s this summer will be fun, memorable and stress free!

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What We Don’t Know: Social Media and Teens

Technology is a tricky thing; we need it but there are exponential harms if misused. Like every other tool, social media can be a valuable tool to bond and communicate with others or can be used as a weapon to bully, stalk, or harm your child. Even the most unintentional slip-ups can have long lasting, and very painful, public consequences. Read on for tips to keep your kids safe when using social media.

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3 Yoga Routines to Relax, Reset and Recharge Your Toddler

Toddlers have ridiculous amounts of energy. So. much. energy. These little energy superheroes sometimes use their energy for good– but not always. What’s a parent to do when their toddler is bouncing off the walls, misbehaving, throwing a tantrum or simply whining in that obnoxious-toddler-whine-that-immediately-gets-under-a-parent’s-skin-and-makes-them-want-to-just-acquiesce-to-whatever-it-is-they’re-whining-about?

Toddler yoga.

Channel your child’s negative energy into Downward Dog, Warrior and Plank poses. Make him laugh with Cat/Cows, Jumping Tree and Three Legged Dogs. Calm her down with Mountain pose, Lion’s breath and Child’s pose. Let’s get started!

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Why Do Kids Ask Why?

“Why is it raining?”

“Why is the garbage truck here?”

“Why is there only one sun?”

“Why is that a construction site?”

“Why can’t I see my eyes?”*

If you have a 3- or 4-year old, these questions probably look very familiar. Veerrrry familiar. Kids this age ask a lot of questions, which can be funny, interesting and, admittedly, incredibly irritating. So, we wondered: why do kids ask so many questions? Why?! Here’s what we found.

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Expert Tips for Saving Time — and Your Sanity!

Picture this: it’s lunchtime, and you’re rushing out to do a few (quick) errands before that all-important afternoon nap (AKA your hour of sanity). You’re making good time, until you get to the post office… and the line is out the door.

“Why is everyone in the city at the post office now?” you think to yourself, as your baby begins to cry and your tired toddler knocks down a display of strategically placed boxes and office supplies.

We’ve been there — we have so been there. That’s why we did our research, talked to the experts and compiled this list of insider’s tips so you can save yourself time, energy… and your sanity!

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Picking Your Way to a Better Immune System

Picking Your Way To a Better Immune System

Our culture is a little obsessed with cleanliness, especially when it comes to our children. Everywhere we go, we are reminded to wash our hands or cover our mouths when we cough. We’re quick to call the doctor and the number of vaccines we give our children is at an all time high. All kids seem to do it, so it’s no wonder that we all cringe when we see our child with their finger up their nose. In fact, you’ve probably found yourself discouraging your own child on more than one occasion. But, we’ve got to ask: is picking your nose (and eating it) really that unsanitary or just gross? 

Today’s post questions if there are any real health benefits to picking your nose. 

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10 Tips for Raising a Bilingual Child

10  Tips for Raising a Bilingual Child

The choice of raising your child bilingual can be intriguing, but daunting, for many reasons.  You may have read of the lifelong benefits of learning more than one language.  Maybe you are anxious to begin, yet, you also feel apprehensive about teaching a language yourself. Perhaps you favor one language over the other a little too much, or you may be concerned because both (or neither!) parents are bilingual. Even if both parents are multilingual, but in differing languages, you may wonder how many languages to teach and how much to involve each language in everyday life. Will your child be able to ‘sort’ the languages out in her head?  Is it really worth it to go though all the extra effort?  

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Natural Deodorant Options from Tom’s of Maine

This post brought to you by Tom’s of Maine. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Daily Mom.


Staying fresh in the heat of the summer (or a good workout) is not always easy. While you can easily drive to your local drug store and find a deodorant that keeps you fresh, the associated risks of your daily application can transform your standard stick of deodorant into a ticking time bomb. Take time to assess the ingredients in your current deodorant, or even your child’s deodorant, to be sure it is in line with your health goals. Perhaps it is time for a healthier option with a natural deodorant. Read on for deodorant ingredient information that will help you make a balanced and well-informed decision.

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Breastfeeding With Flat or Inverted Nipples

The thought of breastfeeding to pregnant moms always comes with a bit of anxiety and fear of the unknown. That’s why there are so many books, articles, websites, and classes related to breastfeeding- to help moms-to-be become as prepared and educated as they can for baby’s first feeding. Now, add the normal stress and nerves on to a mom who has flat or inverted nipples, and imagine the challenges and doubts she may be feeling about being able to successfully breastfeed her baby with less than normal nipples.

We’re here to squash the myths about not being able to breastfeed with flat or inverted nipples and give you some tips and tricks to help you breastfeed as successfully as possible, no matter what your nipples look like!

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Can Handwriting Lead to Better Grades?

Nowadays, the majority of our communication is made of simple text messages, e-mails, quick calls over the phone, videos, or maybe a shout through social media. We are constantly checking our phones or logging online for the next text or email. Yet, rewind to our grandparents’ generation, and things were much different. Long distance phone calls were expensive, and so, letters were the most prevalent form of communication. Everyone wrote because that was the most efficient and cost-effective way to keep in touch.  Think of the countless letters sent during the First and Second World Wars. Hearts and lives literally remained entwined across oceans by the written word–and it was handwriting that made all of this possible.

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The Real Deal on Divorce and Co-Parenting

Divorce conjures up mental images of “War of the Roses.” A battling couple convinced that each will outdo the other and “win.” Many real-life divorces end up just this way, with the same finale too: self injury, hurt, bitterness, and chaos in a valiant attempt to avenge the Ex’s wrongdoing. That is dangerous enough for a couple without children, but wreaks multiplied levels of destruction when children are involved. No matter the stage of divorce you are in, the steps below will help enable a stronger co-parenting relationship. This is the real deal.

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