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Don’t let the endless amount of time get you down. Here’s how to make the most of the summer months.



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April showers bring a whole lot of time locked inside with the kids. Still, there's a silver lining to this cloud: Meredith Sinclair joined TODAY to share activities that are pretty much guaranteed to keep them from getting bored.



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While a day off from school is sometimes a much needed break for busy students and overworked teachers, parents can often be at a loss with what to do with this newly found free time.



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The snows of winter may have your kids stuck indoors and climbing up the walls. Fortunately, Amy Brightfield of Better Homes and Gardens in on TODAY with fun ideas for when the family's cooped up.



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How to Host a Fun Sleepover Party for Your Kids

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TODAY Parenting Team contributor Amanda Mushro and some adorable young assistants are throwing a slumber party in the TODAY studio, offering fun ways to keep the kids busy (if not sleeping) during sleepover dates while they're off from school for the holidays.



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Researchers found that children who grow up with a dog are less likely to suffer from childhood anxiety. They say companionship with a pet can alleviate separation anxiety and strengthen attachment.



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A new version of Barbie that is Wi-fi connected has the ability to talk with children.



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A Win for Everyone: Collaborative Games

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How to Get Your Kids Off the Video Games and Outside

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With the help of some children, Meredith Sinclair from MeredithPlays.com shows viewers some fun indoor activities and crafts for your family, including homemade puffy paint.



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A new study reveals that children who play outdoors and in less structured environments have higher success rates in the classroom, and think more independently.



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