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The Hunger for Play
By Dana Johnson, MSW

“There is a tremendous hunger in our culture for true play.” This is a quote from Stuart L. Brown, M.D. who has spent years studying play in children. He is among a growing number of doctors, psychologists, child development specialists, and other professionals who are speaking out on the apparent lack of true play in children today. Are they right? Are our children “starving” for play?

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How to Make a Quick, Easy Baby Album
By: Vera Raposo

If you are creating a photo album for your baby for the first time, or are unsure where to begin in creating a scrapbook of your baby's first year, here are some tips to make it quick and easy to preserve your photos and memories:

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Am I Hurting My Child By Staying Home
By: Stephanie Foster

It's something many stay at home moms fear, that they are hurting their child socially by not putting them in daycare or doing a million activities with them from the time they are born. But it's not something you need to worry too much about, so long as your children do get some social time.

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10 Ways to Ensure a Perfect Playdate
By Carren W. Joye

All parents want their children to have friends. Getting together with friends at the park, playing with friends at day care or preschool, or visiting with relatives are part of a preschooler’s social life. So are going over to a friend’s house and inviting them over to play for a playdate. All of these are important to facilitate friendships for your toddler or preschooler.

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Joining A Play Group
By Carran W. Joye

You rejoiced when you found out you had conceived your wonderful baby. You eagerly crossed off the weeks during your pregnancy leading to the birth of your beautiful baby. You’ve survived the first couple of months with little sleep and no social life. Now baby needs a little more entertainment than you’re able to give. Plus, you’re ready for a little more stimulation yourself! But you don’t want to expose her to germs and you don’t want to be separated for hours at a time. What can a mom and baby do that will provide entertainment for both of them in a safe environment?

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Playgroups, Online and Offline
By Rob Vigil

Staying at home with your kids is a rewarding experience. Sometimes you and your kids need interaction with the outside world. One way to do this that is both a benefit to your children and yourself is to create or join a playgroup. This gives your child(ren) valuable interaction that is needed to develop his/her social skills. In addition it gives you an excellent opportunity to converse with adults. We all know what it's like to be at home all day with no adult interaction.

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How to Start a Toddlers’ Playgroup
By Christine Louise Hohlbaum

Your toddler is into everything, and the day feels longer than Rapunzel’s hair. How do you keep your little one occupied in a constructive and fun manner? Start a toddlers’ playgroup!

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Article Listing

° The Hunger for Play
° How to Make a Quick, Easy Baby Album
° Am I Hurting My Child By Staying Home?
° 10 Ways to Ensure a Perfect Playdate
° Joining A Play Group
° Playgroups, Online and Offline
° How to Start a Toddlers’ Playgroup

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