8 Tips to a Successful Summer Movie Night With Kids

8 Tips to a Successful Summer Movie Night With Kids

What’s summer without an outdoor movie night with the kids? This year, Kiddie Academy’s flagship corporate location in Abingdon, Maryland is sponsoring a local summer movie night series featuring kid-favorite films like Minions and Inside Out. The average price of a movie ticket nationwide ranges between $9 and $11. A summer movie night can be […]

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9 Parenting Books for Your Summer Reading List

9 Parenting Books for Your Summer Reading List

We know finding two minutes to yourself, let alone to read a book, might be challenging with little ones running around. So, we picked out a few parenting books to turn to when you do find some time for a summer read. It’s important for young children to see their parents engaged and excited about […]

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7 Things For Your (Beach) Bucket List

7 Things For Your (Beach) Bucket List

From buckets to balls, beach toys offer creative ways for kids to discover fun at the beach with digging, building, pouring, stacking, molding and more. We know that kids learn best through play, and playing at the beach and the pool offers plenty of opportunity for imaginative, open-ended play that inspires creativity and free-thinking. From […]

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5 Under-the-Sun Tips + Picks

5 Under-the-Sun Tips + Picks

Last week, we shared our Summer Wish List for families and Kiddie Academy’s VP of Education, Richard Peterson, shared three items his family never leaves the house without whether they’re with their 8 month old granddaughter or their 33 year old daughter: sunscreen, a hat and water. All three are key to having a great […]

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Talking to Your Kids About National World Oceans Day

Talking to Your Kids About National World Oceans Day

How can we raise our children to be citizens who are about the environment, their role in it and their individual impact on planet Earth? National World Oceans Day is an annual observation to honor the world’s oceans, celebrate the products and resources the ocean provides – like seafood and marine life – and take […]

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A Summer Wish List for Families

A Summer Wish List for Families

  The first official day of summer is June 20, but you don’t need to wait 19 more days to start enjoying the start of the season’s fresh air or anticipate all of the warm-weather adventures to come. With the start of summer comes the urge to switch things up as we all adopt that […]

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Summer Reading List: Get Ready for The First Day of School

Summer Reading List: Get Ready for The First Day of School

The thought of seeing your little one don a cap and gown for preschool graduation is enough to bring any mother to tears. You spend years preparing for the moment they will walk across that miniature stage, but sending them off to the next chapter in their educational career – preschool or kindergarten – could […]

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Transitioning to Kindergarten and the Stages of Mom Grief

Transitioning to Kindergarten and the Stages of Mom Grief

Most young children will transition into their academic career with preschool or kindergarten, starting as early as age 3, while some begin at 4, 5 or 6. It’s normal for young children to be excited and scared about the idea of starting at a new school with new friends and teachers. But what about us […]

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Outdoor Toys for the Mom who is a Kid at Heart

Outdoor Toys for the Mom who is a Kid at Heart

Have you ever seen your kids playing with a toy, putting together a puzzle or building a Magna-Tile empire and thought, “let me give that a try.” If so, you might be a mom who is really a kid at heart. Since May is our Month of Mom, we’re sharing some of the “toys” that […]

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Finding Your Mom Tribe

Finding Your Mom Tribe

The well-known vulnerability theorist and author, Brene Brown, spoke about the difference between empathy and sympathy in a 2010 TED Talk. She pointed out that empathy is the art of sharing a listening, caring ear and helping others feel heard, cared about and understood. The end result of empathy is love and acceptance. People who […]

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