The Playful Parent's blog

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

A Chill in the Air

So, the kids are home and the novelty of the presents will likely fade after a few days.  It happens every year and the remainder of your winter break will be spent wondering how to entertain your brood, indoors and out.

A Helping Hand

Tis the season to be grateful for our many blessings.  It’s also the time of year when we’re reminded that it truly is better to give than receive.  Canned food drives, clothing collections and caroling at the local nursing home - all activities that are frequentl

Fall At Your Feet

As we move further into fall, our days are cooler and sunsets arriving sooner.  The comfortable temperatures and beautiful fall foliage coax many of us outside for walking, hiking and biking.