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Kids Birthday Parties Don’t Have to Drive You Crazy .jpeg

When you start to plan a big birthday party for your little one, you may have all the best intentions. You may take a diligent approach with a clear head, telling yourself that this is the year you stay in front of things. And yet, by the time you attempt to develop a guest list, choose a theme, find a space, and get the cake situation figured out, you’ll still be at wit’s end. It’s...

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What Your Child Gets from Family Outings .jpeg

The weekend is such a valuable commodity. It’s a break from work and school, and it serves as the perfect opportunity to go out and do something together as a family. Family outings are a fun way to try a new experience as a group. In fact, they’re much more than just that for your children. While family outings can create invaluable shared memories that you regale one another with years from...

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Beware of Sneaky, End-of-Summer Heat .jpeg

The summer, especially in Texas, has a problem with boundaries. Just when you think you’re safe, the heat strikes again. You may be weeks into the school year. You’ve experienced those first exciting days of crisp, Autumn air. Then, bam! You get hit with a ninety degree day out of nowhere. It’s important to stay up to date on the weather, not only so that you dress fashionably and have something to comment on with grocery store cashiers, but...

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Active Afternoons Provide a Pick Me Up for Kids .jpeg

Every adult is familiar with the afternoon malaise. It hits especially hard at an office job. Maybe your desk isn’t near a window. You’ve been sitting all day in fluorescent lighting, and 2 or 3 PM rolls around. You start to yawn, and suddenly you can’t stop. Do you go for more coffee? It might keep you up late and perpetuate the cycle. Well adults aren’t the only ones who get sleepy in the afternoon....

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Good Childcare is an Invaluable Asset .jpeg

Parenting can feel like a full-time job. For many people, it even is. Taking care of your little one and helping them build the skills they need for later in life is a critical part of early childcare. However, no one can do it alone. You’ll need to take a break to get errands done or focus on your own mental health. In those moments, you want to feel assured that your child is in good hands. You need a source of quality childcare you can...

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Indoor Event Venues Keep Everyone Safe.jpg

As beautiful as Mother Nature can be, she can also be an incredibly destructive force. For every awe-inspiring rainbow there’s a harsh storm. Oppressive heat, exhausting humidity, and excessive rainfall often mark the summer season in South Texas. The outdoors can often be unpredictable and dangerous, so when planning parties or get togethers, choosing an indoor venue is the safest route....

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Physical Activity is a Healthy Habit for Kids.jpg

It’s easy to lead a healthy, mindful lifestyle when everything in your life is calm. Of course, in theory, we’d all grow our own food, take time to prepare it, and enjoy a leisurely meal with our family every evening. Each day we’d get plenty of exercise and sit with excellent posture as we read recreationally. However, daily life is hardly tame. You’re constantly juggling different responsibilities and obligations. It can feel impossible to...

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Find Joy While Planning Your Child’s Birthday Party.jpg

When it comes to planning a party for your child, too often the entire experience drowns in the details. You spend so much time stressing about guest lists and venues that you forget why you’re even going through all the trouble. At the end of the day, you just want to see your kiddo happy. Birthday party planning doesn’t have to be an exhausting search for decorations, cake, and activities....

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Don’t Let Play Time Disappear from the Schedule.jpg

As a parent you want your child to be on track with their education. You’ll give them any advantage you can to ensure they’re set up for a successful adult life. Whether it’s enrolling in a tutoring program, taking summer courses, or encouraging daily studies, you’re a huge part of your child’s academic life. However, it’s imperative that you don’t forget to make time for play. While it may seem trivial,...

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August is the portion of summer that really wears on you. In June everyone’s excited to head to the pool. July offers holidays and chances to spend time with friends and family. August is just plain hot. Back to school season is associated with the fall, but there’s no mistaking the heat that accompanies the first few weeks. Now more than ever, it’s important to be aware of the dangers that extreme...

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Why Does Your Child Look Forward to Field Trips?.jpg

You can sense when a field trip is coming for your child. In addition to the permission slip being thrust into your face, you probably notice a general air of excitement surrounding your little one. Field trips are special events. Their rarity makes them even more meaningful to school children. But it’s not just a reprieve from schoolwork that creates such enthusiasm for these sanctioned adventures (Let’s face it, adults would probably take a...

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What Makes a Venue Great?.jpg

Hosting a big event requires a venue that’s up to the task. Whether it’s a birthday or a celebration of any kind, you need somewhere to host your party. How do you decide on a venue? You have to choose a space that works for you. Finding the right venue will make the rest of the party planning process much easier. A great venue offers a place for your guests to meet and socialize with each...

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What Does “Play” Mean for Your Child-.jpg

“Play” is an innocent enough word. When you hear it you think of board games or sports or pretend. Maybe “play” evokes visions of running around outside. It can be seen as a cutesie concept, a la “playtime.” Recess is generally regarded as the least important part of the school day due to its lack of academic rigor. Despite the simplicity of the images this word brings to mind, “play” is far more than just killing time for your child....

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Family Outings Are Crucial for Children.jpg

There are so many considerations to make when looking out for the wellbeing of your child. Of course you want them to develop good academic habits and a curious mind. You want to make sure they stay active and eat healthy. However, smaller moments are just as crucial to your child’s development as these big picture goals. One such event is the family outing. Naturally, spending time with your...

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Save Yourself With These 3 Kid’s Birthday Party Planning Tips.jpg

Planning your child’s birthday party can lead to angst, procrastination and dread. Perhaps you are one of the lucky few. Maybe party planning for a dozen fickle kids is your calling. For the rest of us, we’ll take any help we can get when it comes to preparing for a birthday extravaganza. Fear not, children’s birthday parties are planned all over the world every day. There’s a wealth of...

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Kids Need to Get Moving Early in the Day.jpg

Whether you’re a kid or an adult, we all have those lethargic starts to a morning. You wake up less-than-ready to greet the day. A stretch, a yawn, perhaps even a second bout of sleep precedes any real activity. It may be a few hours before you truly feel awake. Lethargy in the morning can lead to lethargy throughout the day. You don’t want to waste your own time feeling drowsy....

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How to Stay Active Despite the Heat.jpg

From a distance, summer is incredible! Ice cream trucks, and longer days, and no school makes the entire season feel like a big vacation. Of course, that’s the imagery of summer. Once the first hundred-degree day rolls around though, the excitement can dwindle. Summer’s often better in theory than in practice. The oppressive heat can seem to drag on and on. You can’t let the weather totally derail your lifestyle, but safety is paramount. The...

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3 Tips for Staying Relaxed as a Parent.jpg

Everyone’s at the their best when they’re relaxed and comfortable. Of course, staying even-keel and calm is often easier said than done — especially for parents. You love your children, but their relentless activity and noise making can start to wear on you after a while. If you get stressed out, it’s because you care. However, you’ve got to be mindful of your mental health....

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Field Trips Offer Escape from the Ordinary.jpg

Routines are great. Having a plan helps you move efficiently through your day. However, routines can also get boring. A shake up to the normal order of operations can offer a refreshing experience — a new perspective. For children, there is perhaps no greater shake up than the field trip. This special event earns its name because it involves leaving the confines of class and exploring the world...

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Summer brings with it its own host of special, seasonal activities. Some things are just plain better when the weather turns hot. Ice cream and days at the pool necessitate a humid, sizzling atmosphere. However, warm summer days aren’t always a recipe for fun. High temperatures bring with them their own set of risks. Heat exhaustion and dehydration won’t just ruin your day, these are potentially dangerous conditions that can have long term...

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Why Play Time Is the Best Time.jpg

Kids love to play, and that’s no accident. It’s not the anarchy that makes recess a favorite amongst school-age children, but the freedom to create and be active. (A little midday recess for adults at office jobs would go a long way!) To maintain a rigorous academic schedule, free-play time can often get left on the shelf. As kids get older, recess is sacrificed for study time. While skills like reading comprehension and critical thinking are...

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Throwing a Perfect Birthday Party for Your Child.jpg

Perfect children’s birthday parties don’t happen often. They’re rare, and that’s what makes them so special. Nation-wide, we might see just a couple perfect birthday parties a season. A great party thrower is lucky to even throw one perfect party in their career. Some of the all-time greats never throw one at all. No one can throw a perfect party for their child without help from their team,...

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Family Entertainment Centers Help You Settle on an Activity.jpg

There can be a surprising number of barriers standing between your family and fun. Schedules are tough to coordinate, but picking an activity that everyone agrees on can seem impossible. You need a venue that can accommodate the whole family. A place that provides a range of options will let members of your group decide what they want to do, without causing any shouting matches. Family entertainment...

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3 Must-Do Family Activities for This Summer.jpg

Summer is here. It’s the time when long days and the distant sounds of an ice cream truck make their way back into our lives. It’s the perfect time for trips and family outings. But with a wealth of options at your disposal, how do you decide which activities are worthy of your time? You don’t want to spend your vacation browsing, you want to spend it doing. The summer seems to come...

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Indoor Play Venues Make Perfect Summer Outings.jpg

Summer is here! School is out, the days are longer, and you’ve got the perfect chance to spend more time with your little ones. This is the season for fun day outings together. However, warm weather doesn’t guarantee a great time. In fact, when the weather heats up too much, it can ruin an outdoor event. You want to find a place that every member of your family can enjoy together. That’s why...

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Why Active Lifestyles Are So Important for Children.jpg

Adult life is often hectic. A packed schedule includes taking care of kids, work, and the house. It barely leaves time for yourself. We know exercise is important for our bodily and mental health, but it can often be the first priority to drop when our schedules get too busy. An active lifestyle is just as important for children as it is for adults. No matter how packed the slate becomes,...

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You Need to Diversify Your Child’s Summer Camp Slate.jpg

Summer represents a much-needed off season for teachers, and a return to your full-time entertainment duties. Keeping your child engaged, stimulated, and happy around the clock is a big ask. Of course you need a little help. Summer Camps are a great way to fill your child’s schedule with entertaining and enriching experiences. It also relieves some of the burden from yourself. However,...

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It may sound like a statement straight from the mouth of Captain Obvious, but “play” is one of the most essential components to a child’s development. In an effort to stimulate children and enrich their educational experience, a focus on academics and studying often takes the forefront. Of course work ethic and good habits are vital principles to establish at an early age. However, so too is the ability to entertain one’s self. At its best,...

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Planning Your Child’s Birthday Doesn’t Have to Ruin Your Life.jpg

Of course you’re excited for your child’s birthday — to see the joy on their face as they finally get to celebrate their anticipated special occasion. However, then comes the party, and more specifically, planning the party. While it’s an unbridled thrill for your child, it most often means a lot of work on your end. The stress of coordinating activities and a location and a day can get overwhelming. You want to put together an outstanding...

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