Archive for the 'Ideas' Category

Family Dinners: A Time to Laugh, Share and Connect

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Family Dinners

*This post was written by Caitlin, a member of the MarbleSpark team.*

Many Americans are always rushing around with a long to-do list. Sound familiar?

This can prove detrimental if you let it get in the way of family time and meal time. Meal time is sacred in many countries around the world. And for a good reason. It gives us a chance to unwind, relax, take a moment to let it all sink in, and connect with others.

Mealtime is unifying. By taking the time to share a meal with someone, whether family or friends, you have an opportunity to really get to know and bond with that person. Meals bring us all closer together and improve our relationships. (more…)

A Personalized Book to Teach Kids About Our World

Friday, June 9th, 2017


It’s a big, big world out there.

I grew up in a small town in rural Nebraska. The kind of small town where you rode your bike freely, everybody knows your name and teenagers still cruise up and down Main Street.

The furthest I had traveled before college was about six hours to see relatives. I didn’t dream of traveling further. It genuinely felt like I had all I needed in my little town surrounded by family and friends. (more…)

A Guide to Cooking with Kids

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

A Guide to Cooking with Kids

Are you looking for ways to teach your kids essential life skills and spend quality time with them? Well, you’re in luck, cooking with your kids does just that!

While it may take a little extra time and effort, cooking with your kids gives them numerous benefits. They are able to grow, learn, and develop all while having fun and making delicious dishes!

Giving your kids opportunities to participate in the kitchen encourages their creativity and facilitates an important conversation about health.


Why We Created a Personalized Children’s Book Company

Friday, May 5th, 2017

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Why did we create a personalized children’s book company? Here’s our story.

In 2005, my wife and I were expecting our first child. On a whim, I wrote and illustrated several crude storybooks. I loved the idea of giving our future kids one-of-a-kind gifts.

My name is spelled Philip with one L. And as a kid, I always hated being unable to find my name on the personalized key-chains at the gas station. As we narrowed in on a couple boys and girls names, I realized our child was going to be even less likely than I had been to find their own personalized keychain.

So I set out to make a book that would solve that problem. My first attempts were… not good. But I’ve always had a stubborn streak. (more…)

How Superheroes Empower Kids

Friday, April 28th, 2017

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*National Superhero Day is April 28th

“I believe there is a hero in all of us, that keeps us honest, gives us strength, and makes us noble” – Aunt May, Spiderman

What is a superhero?

A superhero, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is a fictional hero having extraordinary or superhuman powers; an exceptionally skillful or successful person.

Benefits of Superhero Play

As kids, we all played some sort of make-believe, whether we were superheroes scaling buildings to save someone in distress or princesses protecting their family and fighting for their dreams.

This make-believe play allowed us to be someone else: to be bigger, older, and stronger.

We were able to overcome obstacles we ordinarily wouldn’t be able to; we became fearless, courageous, and confident.


Eight Ways To Strengthen Your Relationships With Extended Family

Friday, April 7th, 2017

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*This post was written by Caitlin, a member of the MarbleSpark team*

Building relationships with your extended family doesn’t necessarily come easy for us all. It’s a conscious choice that we have to make once we become older.

And let me tell you, it’s one of the best choices you can make! (more…)

Top 10 Reading Games For Kids

Friday, March 31st, 2017

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​Teaching children to read is not easy, but one thing that really helps is making it fun! Reading games for kids does just that.

When you make learning to read an engaging, enjoyable experience for the whole family your child is more likely to continue to read throughout his/her lifetime.


Reading To Kids Is More Than Brain Food

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Reading is powerful brain food, but the power of reading to kids lies in the bond we develop with our children over a shared book, a shared moment of magic.


​I’ll never forget the moment we found out we were pregnant with our first child.

Words like excited, scared, nervous, terrified, joyful, happy and every other adjective in between described us and the utter awesomeness of this little miracle that would make our family grow.

And like a lot of new parents, we devoured every parenting book, attended every new parent class and were given lots of advice from not-so-new parents on what to do and not to do- whether we asked for this advice or not!


The Surprising Science Behind Your Child’s Development

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

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What if we are raising our children to succeed in a world that no longer exists?

That is the forward-thinking question pediatrician Laura A. Jana, M.D., asks in her new book, The Toddler Brain. Over a cup of coffee, I interviewed her about why she felt compelled to write this new book.

I met Dr. Jana 10 years ago when we were looking for childcare for our oldest son. At that time, she owned Primrose School of Legacy, a childcare franchise of Primrose Schools.


Kids and Screen Time: Why It’s Important To Monitor

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

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Reading to your children has long been considered a healthy practice. It helps you engage with your child and builds a relationship, but new studies show this practice is much more important than that.

The topic of discussion here is kids and screen time (using digital devices) versus good old fashioned reading, and according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics digital media exposure for children of all ages should be limited.