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I always struggle to come up with good gift ideas for my children’s teachers at the end of the year. What kinds of presents do teachers...

…And One To Grow On

Remember birthday spankings as a kid? Your mom or dad would track you down at some point on your birthday and spank your butt...

‘Siiiiide!!!!

I don't like to be a complainer, but February makes me nuts. Every single year, I begin climbing the walls during this particular month....

“Dad, when can we go to Party City?”

"Dad, when can we go to Party City?" You see, for the past few years I've gotten off pretty easy when it comes to Halloween...

“I love you past Japanda.”

(This entry is my Valentine to all you parents! It is an excerpt from my yet-to-be published diary-style book, written in 2010.)July 20, 2010I...

“I’m Sorry I Acted Like A Nut Ball”

The other day our oldest daughter got herself into some trouble with her mom at her grandparent's house. She was upset with her mom...

“If it takes a village to raise a child, then…”

For the past two weeks things have been a little crazy around here. All three of my kids have been sick. Really sick. I've...

“Mom, Take a Picture”

Last night as I tucked Calvin into bed after a long day of school, homework and baseball, he asked to give Daisy a kiss...

“Oh Shimmer!”

Our oldest daughter recently created a new curse word, Shimmer. She dropped something the other day and let out the phrase, "Oh, shimmer!" My wife...

“Spooky” Fun around Cincinnati and Dayton

"Spooky Season" is almost here and Southwest Ohio is full of slightly scary events for your little ghosts and ghouls! Check out these 11...

“Why aren’t the cheerleaders wearing pants?”

Last week my wife and I were given two tickets to the Colts first preseason football game of the year. Since my wife, admittedly,...

“You know they have free babysitting right?”

Because of their water park, our family recently signed up to be members of our local community center. We figured if we used it...

“Spring Forward” Successfully

It’s March, which means the arrival of spring—and the start of daylight saving time. While most people welcome the warmer temperatures and budding foliage that...

Skidaddles Celebrates 5 Years with an Open House and Visit from Musician

Skidaddles, Mason’s only premier Drop-In Child Care Center, will be hosting an open house on Saturday, March 19th, from 10am – 4pm. The all-free...

$#*! Sandwiches and Child Safety

My kids have always eaten things I didn't want them to eat. Middle Man ate his sister's leftover PBJ when he was around one, before...

10 Best Children’s Books Of 2015

Parents magazine revealed its picks for the 10 Best Children's Books of 2015. The magazine sought input from children and librarians across the country to select...

10 Best Finds at Once Upon a Child

I have four kids, and while hand-me-downs are life in my house, there are times when I need things we don't already have. This...

10 Best Ice cream Places in Dayton

From one to one hundred and every age in between - Ice cream feels like magic. Enjoy it after a game, before dinner, or...

10 Best Inclusive Playgrounds in Cincinnati

Last week marked a significant milestone for Ohio -- playgrounds reopened! I have four kids under nine, so when we go to playgrounds, I look...

10 Can’t-Miss Holiday Events in Cincinnati

If you're looking for an authentic "Cincinnati" way to celebrate the holidays, you've come to the right place! Cincinnati is a city that's full...

10 Can’t Miss Playgrounds

Summer and playgrounds go hand in hand. Thankfully, Southwest Ohio is home to some amazing places to play – from state-of-the-art playgrounds to children’s...

10 Cincinnati Playgrounds Worth the Drive

Is there anything better than taking your kids to a Cincinnati playground on a beautiful day? We don’t think so. And here in Cincinnati, there’s...

10 Cincinnati-Inspired Halloween Costumes

The pumpkins are in are in their place.  And cornstalks hung with care.  T'was just a few weeks before Halloween,  Yet, your little monsters have nothing to...

10 Cincy “Must Do” Summer Activities

Before your kids can say “I’m bored,” check out our list of 10 Cincy “Must Do” Summer Activities!

10 Columbus attractions to explore this winter

Winter's here and the holidays are over. And spring (and spring *break*) feels so far away. If you're looking for a fun way to...

10 crazy summer festivals you can only find in Cincinnati

Summer is full of fun festivals of the classic, rides-games-and-food variety. But Cincy also likes to keep it weird, with some crazy events you have to...

10 Easy Ways to Practice Etiquette With Your Children

Etiquette or manners is such an important lifelong skill for your children to learn. Not only does it display good behavior, but it also...

10 Epic Playscapes in Southwest Ohio

Fall is in the air, and it's time to get outdoors. In the spirit of true outdoor adventure, why not swap the standard swing-and-slide...

10 Epic Summer Road Trips from Cincinnati

If this spring's Stay-a-Home order has you feeling a major case of wanderlust, you're not alone! Summer break was made for road trips, and...

10 Fall Festivals in Cincinnati to check out this year

Fall is just around the corner, and we are most excited for all the festivals! Nothing beats a fall festival, and here in Cincinnati, you...

10 fall festivals you have to check out this weekend

Halloween is next week, which means that fall festival season is coming to a close. (Cue the sad trombones!) It's going to be a beautiful...

10 Family-Friendly 4th of July Celebrations

The 4th of July is summer's biggest celebration, with festivals, fun and fireworks! Here are 14 Family-Friendly 4th of July celebrations.

10 Favorite Fall Festivals in Cincinnati

Cincinnati Parent's Fall Festival Awards recognize 7 of the area’s farms and festivals that each have something extra special.

10 Festive Family Events in Cincinnati this Weekend

This weekend offers families lots of unique opportunities for festive fun. Here are 10 festive family events in Cincinnati this weekend.

10 Free Things to do at the Kenwood Towne Center

There's a lot you can do at the mall -- for free -- to keep kids entertained for an afternoon. Here are 10 Free Things to do at the Kenwood Towne Center.

10 Fun Facts About President Taft

September 15 marks President Taft's 159th birthday, and to celebrate, The Taft Museum is dedicating this month's Third Sunday Funday to this larger-than-life figure. Today, we're celebrating America's 27th President with 10 fun facts about William Howard Taft.

10 Fun Fall Activities For Families

Fall is almost here, Cincinnati, and let me be honest, it's one of my most favorite things about living here. Growing up in deep...

10 Fun Things to Do in Cincinnati Over Winter Break

When the holiday gatherings dwindle, the presents have all been opened and the cookies have all been eaten... and there are still several days...

10 Fun Ways to Celebrate Fall in Cincy

The leaves are changing, the air is brisk: it’s fall! Fall is a busy time of year in Cincinnati, and it’s easy to feel...

10 Fun Ways To Celebrate Mardi Gras

Hey y’all! (This is the proper Southern way to say hello!) I am SO thrilled to be writing this blog post today considering I’m...

10 Fun Ways To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day With Preschoolers

It's no big secret that kids love celebrating holidays and St. Patrick's Day is no exception! St. Patrick's Day includes little leprechauns, gold coins,...

10 Halloween Movies that aren’t too scary! 

Here are 10 spooky (but not too scary) Halloween movies that will help set the holiday spirit for the entire family. The Nightmare Before Christmas Rated: PG for...

10 Ideas for Locally Inspired Holiday Gifts

Small Business Saturday was founded in 2015 as a way to encourage consumers across the country to support small businesses within their hometowns. It's...

10 Ideas for New Year’s Eve Fun with Kids!

1. Create a Balloon Drop in your home.  Grab a bed sheet, fill with balloons, fold in half and tape to ceiling or archway. ...

10 Kid-Friendly Hidden Gems in Cincinnati

As a parent, you get the unique opportunity to rediscover your city all over again! Between the city's new offerings and classic favorites, there...

10 Last Minute Tips Before Day Camp Starts

Before sending your child to day camp, here are 10 last minute suggestions for a great experience. 1. FILL ‘ER UP. Bring one bottle of...

10 must-visit BLINK attractions in Cincinnati for families

BLINK opened last night, and this outdoor art event is *so* Cincinnati. BLINK turns our city into an outdoor art museum with large-scale projection mapping...

10 One-Tank Trips for Ultimate Fall Foliage Viewing

It's beginning to feel like fall and we are all for it! And there's nothing like fall colors -- bright red, dreamy gold and...

10 outdoor attractions in Cincinnati perfect for exploring this winter

January's here and so are the colder temps. But we're living in COVID times, and outside remains the safest place to be. So bundle...

10 pandemic-friendly Cincinnati Christmas attractions to visit this year

There's nothing quite like the holidays in Cincinnati. The city is literally aglow, with Christmas cheer to be found around every corner. While Christmas will...

10 Patio Dining Destinations to try in Dayton

Delicious food, amazing company, and maybe a drink or two are all you really need for the perfect night out. Or maybe even a...

10 Places to Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday in Cincinnati

March 2 is Dr. Seuss's birthday. Here are 10 places to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday in Cincinnati, based on your favorite book.

10 places to pick up Easter meals in Cincinnati

Easter is going to be a little different this year, as we all stay home to #flattenthecurve. While there won't be any extended family get...

10 reasons you need to visit Cincinnati Museum Center this winter

Winter's settled into the Queen City. And if that thought has you reeling, let me share my favorite place to visit all year round...

10 reasons your family must visit Fall on the Farm at Blooms and Berries this year

There's your standard fall festival... and then there's Fall on the Farm at Blooms and Berries. Year after year, Blooms and Berries offers one of...

10 Super Fun Road Trip Printable Activities for Kids

Summer is here! And for your family that may mean it's time to go road-trippin'! But, how in the world are you going to...

10 things you didn’t know you could do at COSI

We absolutely love COSI, and, with the drive taking about an hour, this children's museum is a fun an easy day trip from Cincinnati....

10 things you have to do in Cincinnati before the end of the year

December's here and we're holding on tight to the holiday season! With just 25 days left in 2018, we've put together a bucket list...

10 Things You Should Save To Give To Your Kids Someday

Scanning the internet recently, I came across a good read, titled "10 Things You Should Save To Give To Your Kids Someday". This had an...

10 Tips for Seeing a Drive-In Movie with Kids

Going to a drive-in movie theatre is a memorable experience. There’s just something special about staying up way past your bedtime, snuggling in your...

10 Tips for Shopping Consignment Sales

Good morning! With consignment season in full swing, and the Rhea Lana's week-long sale starting today, we wanted to share our favorite tips for secondhand...

10 Tips for Summer Sun Safety

It's summer, and your kids are likely outside all.the.time. Swimming at the pool, running around in the neighborhood, playing at the park. And then there's...

10 Tips to make the most of your child’s Day Camp the experience

Day camp is a place where children can stretch their minds, exercise their bodies, develop new interests and forge lasting friendships. To help your...

10 Truths About Bathing Toddlers

1. No matter how large the bathtub is, or how full it is, they will always be disappointed that you didn't fill it to...

10 Under-the-Radar Fall Festivals in Cincinnati

Fall is just around the corner, and we are most excited for all the festivals! Nothing beats a fall festival, and here in Cincinnati, you...

10 Under-the-Radar Holiday Events in Cincinnati

We're kicking off the holiday season with one of our very favorite guides: 10 Under-the-Radar Holiday Events in Cincinnati. Read on for our top...

10 Under-the-Radar Holiday Happenings in Cincinnati

We’re kicking off the holiday season with one of our very favorite guides: 10 Under-the-Radar Holiday Happenings in Cincinnati. If you're looking for a new...

10 Under-the-Radar Holiday Happenings in Cincy

Cincinnati is the best at Christmastime. From ice skating at Fountain Square to the Festival of Lights at the Zoo, Newport Aquarium's Scuba Santa...

10 Ways Running is like Parenting

10 Ways Running is like Parenting 1. Keep your head up. In running you want to look where you are going. If you look down...

10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in Southwest Ohio

Spring has sprung in our corner of the state, which means we are all rushing outside to enjoy the warmth and sun. Kids, especially,...

10 Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day in Cincinnati

Father's Day is Sunday, June 17 - and there are lots of family friendly ways to celebrate Dad. From festivals and crafts to high-flying...

10 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day in Cincinnati

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 9th! This day we celebrate our mothers or those women who have positively influenced our lives. And Cincinnati is...

10 Ways to Celebrate Teachers from a Distance

May 4-8 is Teacher Appreciation Week, and if there ever was a time to shower our teachers with love and appreciation for all that...

10 Ways to Reuse Plastic Easter Eggs

Easter was a little different this year, as we all stayed home. Given the grocery situation, most of us probably opted for plastic eggs...

10 Ways to Reuse Plastic Easter Eggs

1. Edible Egg Healthy snacks can be fun; it’s all about the container. Pack plastic eggs full of baby carrots, raisins and sunflower seeds for...

10 Ways to Reuse Plastic Easter Eggs

Easter was a little different this year, as we all stayed home. Given the grocery situation, most of us probably opted for plastic eggs over...

10 Ways To Save When Shopping

As a stay-at-home mom with tight reins on our family budget, I'll do almost anything to save money. I download apps, spend time researching coupons,...

10 Ways to Stay Healthy With the YMCA This Summer!

Summer break is here! To help get your kids active and away from the electronics, the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky offers...

100 Awesome Things to do this Summer in Southwest Ohio

Make it the best summer ever with our list of 100 Awesome Things to do this Summer in Cincinnati!

100 Things Every Cincinnati Kid Needs to Do

Are you looking for something to do with your crew? Cincinnati is one giant playground if you're a kid, with no shortage of fun...

100 Things to Do Outside This Summer at Home

Congratulations! You've made it to the end of a strange and probably stressful school year! Now that summer's arrived, many of us are looking at...

100 Things to Do Outside This Summer at Home

Congratulations! You’ve made it to the end of a strange and probably stressful school year! Now that summer’s arrived, many of us are looking at...

100 Things to Do This Summer in Cincinnati

It's Summer! With school out and longer days ahead, we proudly present your 2015 Summer-in-Cincinnati Bucket List. Here are 100 things you can do with...

100 Things to Do This Summer in Cincinnati: An Update

Guys, it's July 23. We are nearing summer's midpoint, which can only mean two things: "Back to School" craziness is starting (boo!), and You only have...

100 Things To Do This Summer in Cincy

Ahhh, summer. How we love you. Long, lazy days spent at the pool or splash park. Weeks of summer camp and family vacations. Ice...

102 Free Things to do this Summer in Cincinnati

Summer break's fast approaching... as are the endless "I'm bored" complaints from the peanut gallery. If you're looking to do summer break without breaking...

11 Can’t-Miss Holiday Traditions in Cincinnati

From the Festival of Lights to the Nutcracker, there are so many “holiday musts” in the Queen City. Here are 11 can't-miss holiday traditions in Cincinnati.

11 Summer Survival Tips from Cincinnati Parents

I have a summer baby, so I spent the first 3 or 4 months of his life trying to keep him cool and comfortable...

11 Ways to Celebrate Fiona the Hippo’s Birthday in Cincinnati

Fiona the Hippo turns 1 Jan. 24. To show your #TeamFiona pride, we've rounded up 11 ways to celebrate Fiona the Hippo's Birthday in Cincinnati.

12 Easter Crafts for Kids

Easter is here and it's the perfect time to start getting crafty! Here's a list of fun Easter crafts you and your little ones...

12 Fun Stress Relief Ideas for the Whole Family

  Does your family need a break? Between work, school, and extracurriculars, sometimes it feels like life is moving full-speed ahead without a chance to...

12 Hours of Cheer

I mentioned before my wife's family participates in a pre-Christmas gift giving called the Twelve Days of Christmas. Here is the post from my Facebook...

12-Foot Menorah To Light Up Mason on Dec. 27

The Jewish Discovery Center will light a public 12-foot Menorah erected at Deerfield Towne Center, followed by a community-wide celebration on the fourth night...

13 Spooky and Silly Alternatives to Trick-or-Treating

Many parents have reservations about trick-or-treating on Halloween this year, due to COVID-19. If your family has opted out of traditional trick-or-treating, have no...

13 Spooky and Silly Alternatives to Trick-or-Treating

Many parents have reservations about trick-or-treating on Halloween this year, due to COVID-19. If your family has opted out of traditional trick-or-treating, have no...

14 Family Friendly Breweries in Southwest Ohio

At the end of a long day, sometimes all you want is a beer – even (maybe especially) parents. Luckily, Southwest Ohio is brimming with...

14 outdoor destinations in Southwest Ohio to cool off at this summer

July's here and so is the heat. And with COVID-19, finding air-conditioned relief indoors isn't always an option. From local beaches and creeks to pools...

15 Free Things to do in Cincinnati this November

We sifted through our Online Calendar for fun events for families, and came up with the following list of 15 free things to do in Cincinnati this November.

15 Places To Beat The Dog Days Of Summer

We're getting into the "dog days" of summer, but don't worry! Cool off with these 15 Places To Beat The Dog Days Of Summer in Cincinnati.

15 Places to Trick-or-Treat in the Tri-State (before Halloween)

When I was a kid (ha! I must be really old to be using that phrase), Trick-or-Treat was one night a year. One night to...

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