The Playful Parent's blog

Frosty Fun

Tis the season for shopping, decorating and baking. Your kids are looking forward to their winter break and you’re scrambling to get everything done before then.  We’ve had an early start to the winter this year, having already seen a generous amount of snowflakes.  If you love snow-themed décor, here are some crafts you can do with the kids. Both projects are from Holiday Crafting & Baking with Kids by Jessica Strand.

It's So ColorFALL Outside

Time flies again, leaving September far behind and October coming to an end.  One of the perks of being a northerner is most definitely enjoying this beautiful time of year courtesy of our deciduous tree

Nutrition and Knowledge

Well, it’s hard to believe it’s September already. The kids are back to school and settled into their new routines. Lockers have been organized and the shiny new supplies have already lost some of their luster. Also back is one of my least favorite tasks - packing lunches.

Stuck on Summer

We’re heading into the home stretch of a so-so summer.  Personally, it wasn’t hot enough for me and the pool days were too few and far between.  I’ve kicked into back to school mode already though we have a few weeks left and the kids are in desperate need of some last

Hit the Road

Summer vacation is often times synonymous with road trip.  If you’re planning a trip with the kiddos in the next couple months, here are a few off-line entertainment ideas. 

Back in the Yard

Now that warm weather is here, it’s the perfect time to start planning your gardening projects.

May Flowers and More

May is a busy month for celebrations – Mother’s Day, First Communions, graduations and showers will keep our social calendar full.

Springing Back Slowly

Having endured quite a brutal winter, I know we’re all anxious for Spring’s arrival. The unusual sight of my lawn immediately sparked ideas for this year’s landscaping updates.

Globe-trotting with the Olympics

With the winter Olympics underway, it’s the perfect opportunity to explore new cultures and show off your mad geography skills.  The host city for the 2014 Winter Olympics is Sochi, Russia which, interestingly enough, is a favorite summer spot for Russians, averaging 52 degrees for

Be SMART This Year

Fresh into the new year, some of us have made resolutions that have come and gone already, and that’s OK.  I feel that January gets too much hype with goal-setting.  After a whirlwind of holiday hustle and bustle, the only thing I really want to do is savor the monotony of January a