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394 family fun article submissions by the Mothering community.

Guest Blogger Julie Peterson on Mother-Daughter Book Clubs Guide (Book Review)

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Review: Book By Book Summary: Mothers and daughters share a special bond…why not further this bond through reading together? Book clubs have been growing in popularity over the past ten years, started by a variety of people with various interests and goals. Mother-daughter book clubs offer a great way for families to grow and share—with each other and with other mother-daughter pairs. In BOOK BY BOOK, Cindy Hudson offers all the how-to tips mothers need to start their own successful book clubs. Hudson offers her own firsthand experience as the founder of... read more

"Together We Are Strong!"

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I want to let you know about a Haba game, Castle Knights, that my family is loving these days. Unlike games that pit children against each other (not that I think Candyland and Chutes and Ladders are Machiavellian, but sometimes one of my kids has a really hard time not winning and it takes the fun out of the whole thing), Castle Knights is cooperative. It also consists of a really cool 3-dimensional world made out of delightfully illustrated cardboard and wooden blocks. Pull a card–it tells you which blocks you need to build a particular tower. Together, you have... read more

Third Way for Dads to Change the World: Read Children’s Books with Caregiving Dads

By Jeremy Adam Smith It's an empirical fact that fathers are comparatively rare in children's books — when economist David A. Anderson and psychologist Mykol Hamilton studied 200 children's books in 2005, they found that fathers appeared about half as often as mothers. Mothers were ten times more likely to be depicted taking care of babies than fathers and twice as likely to be seen nurturing older children. No surprise there, of course. Moms are still the ones most likely to be taking care of kids. But where does that leave families who don't fit the traditional... read more

Video of the Amazing Banana Opening Trick

Several readers wrote to me privately about the banana trick I described last week and a few commented on the post saying they needed a video demonstration. Ask and ye shall receive! Here is 10-year-old Hesperus demonstrating the amazing banana opening trick. I am narrating and holding the camera (James’s iPhone) in one hand and Leone, who was squirming wildly, in the other. (The key is to make the slit in the banana without your kids seeing so they think you’re just opening it by magic.) Happy watching (the video is 33 seconds... read more

The Amazing Banana Opening Trick

With your thumbnail make a gash in the top inside of the banana right below the stem. Do this surreptitiously when you’re kids aren’t looking. Then hold the banana upside down by the stem with the gash side facing you. Say, “I AM MORE MAGICAL THAN THE AMAZING RANDY. I AM MORE DARING THAN EVEL KNIEVEL. I CAN OPEN THIS BANANA USING MY MAGICAL POWERS. ARE YOU READY?” (Since kids will figure out the trick pretty quickly, you’ve got to milk it for all it’s worth the first time you do it.) Flick your wrist so you are flicking the banana down and... read more

paper dolls!

Back in October, I mentioned a new feature that we were going to be including in our November–December issue, but I neglected to follow up on it. So here’s the scoop: paper dolls. Originally created by our very own Melyssa Holik as a Christmas present for Mothering publisher-editor Peggy O’Mara—who liked them so much she suggested we put them in the magazine as a holiday gift for our readers. And here is where you can download PDFs of four different dolls and their wardrobes—for hours and hours of good old-fashioned paper doll play.... read more

Special A La Mama Holiday Giveaway!

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I have 3-packs of: A Charlie Brown Christmas How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Horton Hears a Who to give away today. The discs are combination DVD and Blu-Ray. To win, all you have to do is send me an email at candacew@mothering.com letting me know a) your favorite a la mama blog moment and b) your name and mailing address. I have five sets to give away and I will come back and update this post when the sets are all gone. But do know that I’ll be giving away more dvds in the future…so check back. *Look for these 3 Holiday... read more

Valentine Craft Ideas

So I was wandering around the arts and crafts store yesterday, trying to come up with a valentine craft for Honoree, my second grader. Last year, I thought we were pretty darn fancy with our valentines made out of paper doilies. Each kid got a wee heart-shaped eraser, too. But H. came home with an assortment of valentines and a bit of a long face. There was the felted valentine, the quilted valentine, the knitted valentine, the fired-ceramic valentine. I may be exaggerating a little bit, but…you get the picture. Normally I would say, “Hey, kid, we’re not getting... read more

3-pack Movie Giveaway Update: 2 Left

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We still have 2 sets of movies to give away… Subscribe to the Mothering.com Blogs Feed This entry was posted on Thursday, December 17th, 2009 at 11:07 pm and is filed under Uncategorized. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. ... read more

Free "Couples Retreat" DVD Valentines Giveaway

I have 5 Couples Retreat DVD movies to give away. All you have to do is be one of the first five commenters who answers the following question: What is your romantic relationship tip? It can be in the category of “the secret to my successful relationship” or in the loved and lost category: “I learned this the hard way and hindsight is 20/20″ . COUPLES RETREAT IS ON BLU-RAY HI DEF & DVD FEBRUARY 9! Subscribe to the Mothering.com Blogs Feed ... read more

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