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    One of our favorite art activities is creating suncatchers to decorate our windows. If you don't have windows, this works just as well on a wall. Because the adhesive is already on the sticky contact paper, it makes for an easy mess-free way for even young toddlers to create. With summer nearing an end, we decided to make a "fall leaves" suncatcher to welcome the new season. 

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    Rice is a favorite material for sensory play at our house. Not only is it easy to set up and clean up, but a batch of colored rice also lasts for years. The bright colors are so inviting, and making your own colored rice in any colors you choose is such an easy process that even a toddler can help.

    Here's how to easily color rice for a beautiful rice sensory bin

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    At our house we do a lot of process art. Not only is it fun and different every time, but process art tends to be pretty quick to set up -- bonus. Process art is the term used to describe art that is created with no specific end result. Rather than making a craft that should look a certain way, a child makes whatever comes to mind. It's big hit with toddlers.

    Here's how to get started.

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    Can't get enough of Pharrell and his joyful hit, "Happy"? Good, because it's about to get even better! Ellen DeGeneres invited Heaven King, the talented toddler whose Beyonce dance went viral last fall, to come back to the show for a repeat performance.

    After dishing with DeGeneres on what it she wants for Daughter's Day (ahem, moms, did you know there was a Daugher's Day?), the tiny dancer got up to groove with her mama, Tianne King, to Pharrell's cheerful tune. Think the man in the big hat has moves made to make you grin? You haven't seen anything yet!

    Skip to 3:45 to see some seriously sweet moves from this 3-year-old star:

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    Here's a tough truth about parenting: kids are fast, so you have to be faster. Sometimes that means doing things that are superhuman. Like running at the speed of light to grab a kid out of the path of an oncoming car, perhaps?

    A video has gone viral this week of a dad doing just that. OK, so the car was just one of those plastic Little Tikes types that every toddler in America has, but still, you are about to behold parenthood multiplied by the power of awesome. Buckle your seatbelts, y'all:

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    Look, we get that breaking the ice isn't always easy to do. Forget singles at bars -- it seems even scarier when trying to "pick up" a fellow mom friend at the store! Who can be witty and charming when you're cleaning up spilled goldfish crackers from Aisle 10? Here are a few sincere “pick-up lines” that have worked for real moms -- use them the next time you see a kindred spirit at the store, park, or anywhere else.

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    Do you want to hear a secret? I get angry and upset and cry sometimes. Okay, a lot of times. Okay, pretty much every day. But I have really good reasons for throwing temper tantrums -- I swear!

    How else am I supposed to act when Mommy does something for me that I wanted to do ALL BY MYSELF? Or when Daddy turns off my favorite show before I'm finished watching? Or when I can't get one of my toys to work right? Or when I want a "loll-pop" RIGHT NOW and Mommy says no because we don't have any?

    As I like to say, "Are you kidding me?"

    Mommy and Daddy might not agree, but I think there are plenty of times it's okay for me to have a meltdown because of something THEY'VE done wrong. Do you want to know what they are?

    Here are 12 reasons toddlers' tantrums might be all your fault ...

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    An actual, real, totally legitimate professional Belgian soccer club has signed a 20-month-old boy named Bryce Brites to its team. No, they didn't sign a 20-year-old. You actually read that right -- they signed a toddler! According to the FC Racing Boxberg's club secretary, Bryce has incredible control of the ball for someone his age and kicks in a way that surpasses the skills of a 5-year-old child. I'll admit: the tot definitely has some fancy foot moves, as we can see from video shot of him on the field. But I'm also comparing him to other kids his age, most of whom would probably lose interest in the ball after five minutes and sit down to play with the grass.

    Weirdly, Bryce isn't even the youngest child to be signed by a pro team. Baerke van der Meij, who was 18 months old at the time he got the nod from a Dutch soccer association, gets that honor. This all begs the question: even if we spot talent in our very young children, is it healthy to push them so soon?

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    Having kids is great, and totally worth it and all that jazz, but let’s face the facts -- things change when you become a parent. For the most part, things start out relatively simply. You have a baby, and your goal is to not kill it. Feed it, burp it, clean it, hold it, love it.

    Then you have a toddler, and your goal shifts to trying to keep them from killing you. They’re not called the terrible twos for nothing, you know. Toddlers are busy and curious and tantrumy and did I mention busy? There are certain little life pleasures that will just have to be on hold if you’re in the midst of the toddler years.

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    Have you ever looked over at your toddler and had a reaction along the lines of, "OMG, that's so disgusting, yet adorable!" or "I can't believe he just pulled that off!" -- in regards to whatever he happens to be doing?

    Little kids definitely seem to have a knack for looking all sorts of cute and sweet -- even if they happen to be doing something really embarrassing, gross, or a combination of the two.

    (Which is the case most of the time, if we're being honest.)

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