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Jason Lea has a son, daughter, and a full-time job at the Mentor Public Library. He uses his nonexistent free time writing about parenting for Northeast Ohio Parent magazine. You can tweet him @jasonmarklea. Or not. You're grown and can make your own choices.

Beyond Disney: 5 Phenomenal Animated Films for Families

Kids can survive forever on a diet of Frozen, Moana and Wreck-It Ralph, but adults — for the sake of our sanity — sometimes want to switch it up. So with all due respect to the Mouse House, he... Read more

10 Tips for Family Trips to Sesame Place

My family’s fresh back from Sesame Place – a Sesame Street theme park near Philadelphia – and I have some tips gleaned from my personal experience. May you find them useful should your famil... Read more

To My Daughter who has Red Hair

Daughter, you are one year old now and people have started to comment on your hair. It is the color of orange sherbet—strawberry blonde, in the parlance—but most people will call it “red.” ... Read more

Welcome to the Inaugural Toddler Olympics

If you have a child between the ages of 12 and 36 months old, then they can compete in the inaugural Toddler Olympics. Yes, the Toddler Olympics, brought to you by Gerber, Baby Einstein, and that o... Read more

5 Disney movies that I don’t let my kids watch

Disney has a lot of my money. Our shelves are filled with everything from Zootopia to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, and Disney’s share of my income will only grow once my kids are old enough to make the ... Read more

20 Picture Books for your Children's Shelves

Take it from someone who works at a library—some books you buy, some books you borrow, and some you ignore.Here are 20 picture books that have earned a space on the shelves in my children’s rooms.... Read more

How playtime with a 2-year-old is like professional wrestling

Like most boys my age, I had a pro wrestling phase.This “phase” lasted until I had kids and all my free time dissipated. But I’ll still fall down the occasional YouTube wormhole because, sometim... Read more

5 Things I Never Tell Other Parents

  Parents love telling other parents what to do, almost as much as they love their own kids. But here are five things I never say to another parent: “You don’t breastfeed?” I... Read more