Mommy Mondays: Unfiltered Mom Kathy Chlan gives us her list for top trending Christmas toys

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) - Get your Christmas gift list ready now and you won't have to worry about checking it twice! 

Christmas is right around the corner and shopping for children is never easy. Unfiltered Mom Kathy Chlan has her the top trending toys for this holiday season.

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How Christmas On The Potomac Brings That Christmas Magic!

People all over are chanting this saying, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Everyone knows the tune and can sing this at the drop of a hat. Well, I can attest that the Gaylord National Resort on the Potomac definitely knows how to make this saying come to life!

Experience this award-winning celebration, where children of all ages, will be able to forget what is going on in the world. It will be where you will have the feeling of what really matters in life. Just from being at this beautiful resort, will put so much Christmas magic back into your life.

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#RealityMomsGIVE Empowering Trip To Tuckerton Seaport!

With what is going on in the world today, I needed to do something to make myself feel good and empowered. Boy, what I got in return was a pure gift and one that shocked the hell out of me!

I had the distinct pleasure of heading to Tuckerton Seaport with a small group of mom writers. We were getting the chance to help our awesome leader Joey Fortman @realitymoms. A great group of women who look at motherhood with a lot of laughter! Tuckerton Seaport is a non-profit organization who works with the military.

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Arts Education: 51 Reasons To Want A Doggyploducus On Your Fridge!

Being a parent often requires diplomacy and sensitivity. I’m thinking about the moment your child returns from school waving their latest creative masterpiece over their head. As they hand it to you, eyes wide with expectation, you have only a split second to figure out what on earth it is!

It’s not a math assignment, that’s obvious. Art would be the safe bet. It is definately abstract, avant-garde even. And yet, you know that you kid has gone for realism. The least you can do is recognize that it’s a...

“Dog?”

Ah, no, a Diplodocus. Of course, I see it now.

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The Best Hobbies For Kids & Why They're So Beneficial!

I had the pleasure of having Maria Cannon from  http://hobbyjr.org write a guest post for me. Please check her out and what great info!

 

For many kids, finding a hobby comes naturally; sometimes, they have an older sibling who’s into the same things they enjoy, so they can follow in their footsteps. Other kids are drawn instantly to art or sports and excel at it from the beginning. But for some kids, finding a good hobby is a little more difficult. They may not know yet what they’re good at, or they might not be interested in the activities that are at their disposal. For parents, knowing where to look when it comes to interesting lesson plans at home and resources for the best hobbies is essential. 

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Sensory Exploration: Creating a Safe, Accessible Backyard for an Autistic Child

I had the pleasure of having Danny Knight from Fixitdads.com write a guest post for me. Please check him out and what great info!

Research has shown that if children have their way, they prefer outdoor play spaces that are quite different from the standard play spaces one usually identifies with kids, featuring objects like swing sets, slides, and seesaws. Turns out kids love a play area with flowers, mud, sand, water, and lots of greenery, an environment that stimulates the imagination and encourages play creativity. That also describes a functional and interactive backyard for children on the autism spectrum. Kids with autism are uncomfortable in an environment with lots of stimuli, so a relaxing and attractive play area in which they can make full use of their tactile, auditory, and visual senses in a nonthreatening and encouraging manner is ideal. 


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How To To Make A Corner Of A Room Decorative

When you are decorating your home, there is so much that goes into it. You can be so confused and not know what the hell to do. Is this where you need to hire an interior designer? Yes, dig into your child's college fund that you have put away.

Most of us do not have the privilege to do just that. My friends tell me that they love how I have decorated my homes. My husband and I bought a bank owned house and completely renovated it. We lived in that home for 17 years.

4 years ago, we moved down the Jersey Shore and did the exact same thing. LOL. We totally renovated another house. We are 3 1/2 blocks to the ocean and the peace we feel is incredible.

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Why The Principles Of Walking To School With Your Child Seems To Be Getting Lost.

I have graduated from driving or walking my children to school, but I do have a lot of fuzzy memories trudging to and from my own school in all kinds of weather with my parents and, later on, with my friends. However, I’ve come to notice that this practice is almost extinct in my neighborhood and its schools, so I set out to find out why.
 

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