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The endless battle: how do you regulate kids and sweets?

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When blogger Melissa Langsam Braunstein was a child in an Upper West Side playgroup, one child earned an unfortunate nickname: Rice Cake. Whenever a hosting mom offered cookies around, the poor kid’s mother gave him a rice cake. Braunstein writes: “I too pitied Rice Cake. His mother always sounded like a health food extremist. After all, why can’t a kid ... Read More »

Is it ever ok to lie to your kids?


  The best way to get folks talking on a Facebook page is to ask them a provocative question, and this morning, I knew this query from our friends at Big City Moms would be a conversation-starter: “What is one white lie you always tell your child?” There are a variety of reasons why parents might fudge the truth a little ... Read More »

Ages and stages and pets, oh my! Age-appropriate pets for kids

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The fond memories and affectionate snuggles are the first things that come to mind when we think about our childhood pets, but kids have plenty more to gain from having a fuzzy (or feathery, or scaly) best pal. Here are just a few of the benefits of pet ownership for your littles: 1) Pets teach kids responsibility. Assigning age-appropriate pet care ... Read More »

Eleven years of extraordinary

  It’s our birthday! Celebrate Magic Beans with our annual birthday sale: 7% off almost everything in all of our stores and on our website! And now: a very special word from Sheri. It’s a beautiful summer day, and we are somewhere in the middle of Connecticut. We are together in the car, on our way to pick up our eldest after ... Read More »

Getting ready for day camp: a beginner’s guide

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Kids grow fast, and there’s a new transition every day: graduating from an infant car seat to a convertible car seat, from a bottle to a sippy cup, from diapers to big-kid underpants, and so on. A child’s first day camp experience comes with its own transitions as well, especially if you start young. It’s an exciting time, but a ... Read More »

It’s our birthday! Celebrating 10 years of Magic Beans

10 years ago today, I was 27 years old. I had two little girls, 26 months old and 15 weeks old. My husband had just left his job doing admissions at a private high school, and one of my sisters had just gotten married. My other sister had just finished fifth grade. We’d never heard of iPhones, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, ... Read More »