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Parenting

Parenting Sep-12

Parenting magazine is the nation's premier magazine for moms. Each issue contains age-specific child development guidance, information and tips on health and safety, and the best proven ways to stimulate your child's learning. Parenting is a great source of knowledge for new, expectant, and experienced moms everywhere.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Meredith Corporation
Frequency:
Back issue only
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1 min.
first, the idea

Ask guests to bring a pre-determined number of each item, such as folders, markers, or notebooks. At the end of the party, each child leaves with at least one of everything. Then, let's play Morning rush: Divide the kids into two teams. Place as many sets of adult clothes (shirts, pants, ties, jackets, socks) as there are players in piles. On “Go!” have one kid race to the pile and put on the clothes. The first team with all the clothes on wins. Letter hunt: As with an egg hunt, hide two sets of magnetic letters around the house or yard. Once all the letters have been found, the first child who can spell a word with her collected letters wins. It's a draw: Provide markers and stickers, and then take and print pics…

1 min.
1 you rule

Wrap a coffee can with a sheet of letter stickers ($8; officemax.com), then fill it with rulers. 2 Stuck Together Print out a banner that reads “Stick to the school rules,” and glue it to a paper straw (25 for $5; thesugardiva.com). Glue the straw to the glue bottle. 3 Piece of Cake Glue two 10 by 4-inch Styrofoam cake forms ($15 each; Michaels stores) together. Wrap two blue rubber bands around the cake form. Stick pencils into the rubber bands so they stand upright and cover the entire “cake.” Top red pencils (12 for $7; staples.com) with yellow pencil-top erasers (multicolor 15-pack for $1; target.com) and stick them into the cake form as “candles.” Cover the top of the cake with red and blue rubber bands to resemble the frosting. Display on a…

2 min.
babies 0 – 3 months

Struggling with a nap-refusing, bedtime-stalling kiddo? A team of researchers found that parents who noted sleep problems in their kids at the end of their first year were three to five times more likely to see the same issues when their children were 2 and 3 years old. Here, the biggest sheep-counting hurdles and how to clear them. Sleep-Sapper: Erratic Schedule Stressed and tired new parents barely know which end is up, let alone their baby's natural schedule. Solution: Wake your baby at the same time each morning, say 7 a.m. It will lead to more predictable naptimes (and a happier bambino). Babies 3 – 6 months Sleep-Sapper: Sleep Crutches If your baby relies on the breast, the bottle, or rocking to doze off, she'll need it when she wakes at night, too. Solution: Put your babe…

2 min.
green mountain marvel

The fall foliage is ah-may-zing (and the maple sugar is delish), but the best part about a trip to northern Vermont is Smugglers' Notch (smuggs.com). Why? The eight—count 'em—heated pools, four waterslides, aqua basketball, waterfalls, and inflatable trampoline…and that's just the wet stuff! Dry off and check out the camps. Even babies can enjoy a swing with a view at Treasures childcare center. Kids choose from an à la carte menu of activities, including scavenger hunts and costume-making. Chris Epstein, a Philadelphia mom of six, says her kids rush to their favorites every year (sound and stage and adventure games). Get Out There Next up, a llama trek. Tromp through the woods and nosh on baked treats, fresh fruit, and ice cream. Say goodbye to your furry friend, then try a round…

1 min.
red alert

Beyond the BLT Mix diced tomatoes, crumbled bacon, shredded lettuce, mayo, and croutons; roll up in a whole-wheat flour tortilla. Pizza Nachos Spread pita chips on a baking sheet and top with chopped tomatoes, tomato sauce, and cheddar cheese. Broil until the cheese melts. Pint-Size Pizzas Slice tomatoes thickly, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese, and top with cooked chicken sausage. Broil 3 minutes. S'mores Get Savory Place a slice of tomato and a slice of mozzarella cheese on top of a Saltine. Broil 2 minutes until cheese melts. Top with another cracker. “Fried” Green Tomatoes Dredge sliced green tomatoes first in flour, then in a beaten egg, and last in bread crumbs. Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes, or until browned. Serve with ranch dressing for dipping. Souper Fruit Puree seeded tomatoes, chopped seeded cucumbers, strawberries,…

1 min.
must-haves

4 pairs of pants Find jeans, chinos, and cords in distinct washes and colors to multiply outfit options. 10 short-sleeve shirts Gather an assortment of T-shirts, polos, and blouses so she can rotate styles. 3 long-sleeve shirts Choose solids and patterns to wear alone and layered under short-sleeve shirts. 3 cardis or hoodies Look for easy-to-wash choices in a non-itchy fabric like cotton. 2 bags Grab a backpack in a size easy for him to carry and an insulated lunch box for his meals. 3 pairs of shoes Find a pair of athletic sneakers, some comfy everyday shoes, and boots for chilly days. 2 jackets Pick out a thick winter coat and a lightweight water-resistant jacket for the rest of the year. 10 pairs of socks Choose five fashion socks and five basic options to go with all your shoe choices. 10 pairs of underwear Accidents happen.…