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National Scavenger Hunt Day

National Scavenger Hunt Day Summer has arrived and families everywhere are finally enjoying a chance to soak up the sunshine! One great way to get outside for some fun is to have a scavenger hunt. May 24 is recognized as National Scavenger Hunt Day, an activity for both young and old that gained popularity in the United States nearly 100 years ago. A fun and entertaining challenge, Scavenger Hunts can promote teamwork and creativity as...

Des Moines Parent Spotlight: Amy Kinney of Let’s Slumber It

Des Moines Parent Spotlight: Amy Kinney of Let's Slumber It In this series, we plan to connect with local entrepreneurs who juggle their job of owning a small business with parenting and chat about how they keep all their plates spinning – and what they love most about raising kiddos in Des Moines metro.  First up is Amy Kinney, who owns Let’s Slumber It, a tent sleepover and luxury picnic business in Des Moines.  I...

Des Moines Free Camps and Clinics

Des Moines Free Camps and Clinics Pickleball, soccer, and fire safety are some of the free camps available this summer. Take a look at this list and see if your child would be interested in learning a little more about a new sport or activity! Pickleball Clinic This free clinic, run by the Des Moines Metro Pickleball Club, will help participants gain an understanding of how to play pickleball. The clinic will be held on...

Best High Chair for Successful Eating

Best High Chair for Successful Eating When your baby gets to the age and developmental level that it’s time to introduce foods, it can feel exciting but also overwhelming trying to decide on the best high chair. As an occupational therapist and mama of two boys, here are my suggestions and top picks for choosing a high chair or adapting the one you already have. When is the right time to start food? According to...

Children and Mental Health Awareness

Children and Mental Health Awareness When our children are having trouble in school or they are displaying big emotions and abnormal behaviors, it is often difficult for us as parents to understand why this is happening and how to help and support our children through these difficult times. Our minds don’t automatically gravitate toward the thought that our troubled child might have a mental illness because we don’t want this outcome for our child; we...