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Fatal Attraction: The Hazards of Magnetic Building Sets and Toys

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Magnetic building sets and toys, despite their great appeal to a child, pose hazards when used by children or even teens. Between 2009 and 2012, there were approximately 320 reported cases of magnet ingestion and half of these cases involved children between the ages of 13 months and 6 years. Many of the dangers of magnetic toys and sets, however, are not apparent on first sight to parents and caregivers. … Read More →

EASIEST Cake you will EVER make!

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  So, this cake recipe has been circling the web for about a week now and I thought I would put it to the test. Partially because I didn’t believe a recipe could be this easy, and partially because I love pineapple Now I can whip something easy up whenever unexpected guests are coming over and I have little time to clean a messy kitchen! Here are the ingredients:  1 … Read More →

Mentally Preparing for Back To School #BTS


Back to school is here! Parents everywhere are celebrating, but children maybe struggling with this change. After a long summer break of freedom and fun, the idea of homework and school can cause stress and anxiety in your children. To help your children have less stressful and more positive return to school, its important to prepare them mentally as well as ensuring they have the right supplies. A child who … Read More →

5 Things to do Now That The Kids Are Back in School

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So the kids are back to school, now what? If you are anything like me you are smiling from ear to ear at the possibilities. I have lost myself this summer, been over touched and over asked. I have had to take way too many timeouts myself, so that I could regroup and go on with my required tasks. I would like to share 5 things that you could do … Read More →

Fan Friday: Let’s Imagine Elmo


Welcome to PTPA’s Fan Friday contest! We’re super glad that you’re here. We are thrilled to announce that one (1) lucky winner will receive one (1) Let’s Imagine Elmo ($59.99 value)! Enter for your chance to win!   This contest will run all day on Friday, September 5th, 2014! Tell your friends!   This cute 13-inch Elmo pal comes with three different hats that unlock different imaginary themes and play modes. … Read More →

Raising Boys…What You Need To Know


I’m the proud mom of two boys…two very different boys.  I mean their personalities could not be any more different.  My oldest is relaxed, chilled and quiet.  My youngest cannot sit still, runs wild and although he doesn’t speak yet, can be quite loud. However when it comes to boys, there are a few things that tend to be the same in terms of things they do.  And all you … Read More →

Come Celebrate Back to School with a #PTPABTS Twitter Party!


We’re so excited to be celebrating back to school and no PTPA celebration is complete without a Twitter party! Join us for some fun on Thursday, September 4th from 12-1pm EST (9 – 10 am PST) if you’ve got little ones who are going back to school or going to school for the first time, you won’t want to miss this chat!  We’ll be covering some great topics, but interacting with … Read More →

Your Child Medicine and School

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Medical Conditions and School I was devastated when my son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. It was a huge relief to discover why he had been feeling so poorly but nothing prepares you for hearing those words. It changed our lives forever and has presented a whole new dynamic to how we approach going back to school. What do you do when your child needs medicine to be administered … Read More →

The first day of school and letting go.


   Dear mom holding your son tight in your arms and dad to your daughters hand at the bus stop, I understand. I stood in your very shoes not three years ago and although it gets easier, you never forget the firsts. That first day you send them off to school and begin their life’s journey. It’s a scary bitter sweet time. Thinking back to that day, I remember not … Read More →