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How to Cook with Young Children

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’Tis the season for baking goodies and cooking big meals. Why not get the little ones involved in the culinary fun? Younger kids—even preschoolers and toddlers—love to follow in the footsteps of adults, and “helping” in the kitchen is no different. Use these tips and ideas to plan your next kid-friendly cooking project.

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Busy Bags for Busy Toddlers

Caring for toddlers can be an intense job. These little ones are interested in (and into) everything, rarely want to sit still, and approach the world with wonder — which is amazing to watch, but probably leaves you feeling like you don’t have a second to catch your breath.

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Easy, No-Sew Halloween Costumes for the Craft-Challenged Mom

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You ignored the telltale signs of the season: pumpkin-spiced lattes, costume pop-up stores, a bowl of candy corn on the receptionist’s desk at your office. But there’s no denying it any longer. Halloween has arrived, and your child needs a costume ASAP for all of the spooky parties and ghoulish events happening between now and October 31.

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5 Ways to Recognize Your Nanny

It’s that time of year again – National Nanny Recognition Week. The tradition started in 1998 to celebrate nannies across the country and recognize the important work they do for the families they serve.

Their impact can be felt through the everyday small tasks they do – like reading a child his favorite book for the 100th time and turning “cleaning up” into an exciting game. These small acts of care and love are greater than the sum of their parts. Together, they enrich our lives for the better.

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Finger Painting with a Twist

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Lucky for us, this year’s America’s Top Sitter, Nikki O’Neal, is super crafty. Be sure to keep an eye out for more artsy posts from her in the coming months! 

It can be a little challenging (and messy) to find art projects appropriate for young children still working on their motor skills. However, encouraging hands during messy experiments is a great and fun way to help improve these skills. This hands (and feet)-on painting project is perfect for doing just that!

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Make Your Own Magic Wand

Bring a little magic into your home! This homemade magic wand is a fantastic addition to any costume and makes for great imaginative play. All you need are a few items from around the house, and you and your little magic maker can create a unique wand for all their hocus-pocus needs.

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