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My husband, two daughters (Ages  6 and 3), brother, nephew (Age 4), and I attended a Party From The Inside Out event hosted by The Fabulous Party People, a children’s entertainment company in the Bay Area specializing in birthday parties. This was our first experience with the company and I couldn’t pass it up, because my children had the opportunity to meet some of their favorite characters from Inside Out, Joy and Sadness. It was very reasonably priced too. Tickets were only $5 per child and free for adults. Since space...

If your kids are anything like mine, they love to draw. Every day, they draw at least six pictures after school. While I do love filling my walls with their masterpieces, a change in art media would be nice for everyone’s sake. My kids have a chalkboard that they hardly ever use, mainly because I find chalk too messy and the kids get frustrated by how easily the chalk breaks, even the very thick ones. I also can’t stand that awful screeching noise the chalk makes on the chalkboard sometimes! Just thinking about it gives...

Instead of putting your child in “Time Out,” try creating a Calm Down Space for them.  My daughter has ADHD and as many of you parents of special needs children know, our children have a lot of feelings, which can result in a lot of emotional meltdowns. Even if your child doesn’t have special needs, having a calming and comfortable place for them to go to when they are feeling overwhelmed or frustrated is a very good idea. Where should the Calm Down Space be? Decide with your child where their Calm Down Space will...