Picture book helps explain events of 9/11 to children

Sept. 11, 2011 9/11 children's book

McClatchy-Tribune With the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks approaching, it is time for parents to plan how they will explain that day to children too young to remember 9/11. Don Brown’s book “America is Under Attack” might be one way to help a child understand why this day is so sad for […]

Free downloadable e-cookbooks will help you get dinner on the table

Doreen Christensen How’d that first day back at school go? If you’re like me, you had a bit o’ trouble getting dinner on the table at a reasonable hour. Now that those lazy summer days are over, you might be looking for a few fast shortcuts to make week-night dinners come together in a snap. […]

Turn your summer memories into permanent decorations

sand masks

Disney FamilyFun magazine Summer is over, but you have memories with your kids that you want to hang onto forever. Use these three ideas to turn your souvenirs into keepsakes. Slide Sleeve Treasure Holder This playful version of a shadow box can be tacked up just about anywhere or hung like a mobile to let […]

Moms gear: Help your child keep away from sunburns with swimwear that changes color in the sun

swimwear sunburn kids

Maggie O’Neill Parents can teach their children to be sun aware – and sunburn aware – with a new line of swimwear offered through Seasons UV called LOL. Patterns on the swimwear tops change color to indicate that the sun is strong enough to cause a burn and that it’s time to apply sunscreen or […]

Totsy offers a 10 percent discount code on top of their already great deals for back-to-school shoppers

Totsy

McClatchy-Tribune Right now, parents across the country are trying to stretch their back-to-school budgets to get all the necessities for their kids. The members-only website Totsy is here to help with a special deal for readers. Totsy says that last year, the average American family with two children spent around $550 on back-to-school gear. The […]

New Crayola products just in time for the new school year

Crayola

McClatchy-Tribune Crayola has released a few new products that moms and dads might want to add to the back-to-school shopping list in order to make the transition more organized and fun. The new Dual-Sided Dry-Erase Board will help keep your family’s schedule organized and keep everyone well-informed. It is black on one side, white on […]

Kids’ gear: Sports pads keep your kids safe and comfortable

G-Form knee pads

McClatchy-Tribune The G-Form elbow, shin and knee pads are made from a lightweight material made specifically to flex with your joints and become rigid upon impact. The innovative exoskeleton design ensures comfortable protection with less bulk while your kid is on their bike, on the slopes or on the field. The Reactive Protection Technology provides […]

Our favorite things: Three creative toys to keep kids occupied in these last weeks of summer

Color blanks

Disney FamilyFun magazine Creative Fun: A Figure of a Different Color Here’s a unique blank slate for kids’ creativity: 4-inch-tall, posable, funky white plastic figurines. The Color Blanks sets come with permanent markers and stickers so that kids can jump right into the personalization. Ages 6 and up. RoseArt, $5 to $10. Creative Coloring: This […]

Mother of Confusion: Jim Henson’s ‘Dinosaur Train’ kick-starts second season with movie

Genevieve Hinson Hey, there’s big news for Jim Henson Company’s “Dinosaur Train” fans. The second season on PBS Kids is launching with the premiere of “Dinosaur Big City,” a one-hour movie airing on Aug. 22. (Check for your local listing at www.pbs.org/tv_schedules/.) After that each of the episodes will focus on the outdoors and other […]

Moms Gear: Make gardening easier with ergonomic gardening tools

Radius Garden Tools

Maggie O’Neill It’s one thing to work with a commonplace handheld garden trowel, but quite another to use an ergonomically-designed tool. The founder of Radius Garden Tools has created four handheld products that enhance a gardener’s digging experience and provide more ease when planting, weeding and cultivating. These tools are curved at the handle — […]