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Pitch a Tent in the Backyard!
You don't have to leave home to give the kids a taste of the outdoors. Pitch a tent in the backyard and enjoy a relaxed, family-filled evening. 

 

Crazy for Kayaks

If you like water, boats, and good fun, you probably will like kayaking. Similar to canoeing, kayaking is easy enough to master for a level of enjoyable proficiency, and is a sport the entire family can do together.


 

Structuring Your Child's Summer
Parents know that summer is a magical time for youngsters, but to insure your children experience that magic requires planning. Some structure is good. Too much is counterproductive and may result in stressed kids, rather than refreshed kids we all expect at August's end.

 

Celebrate Father's Day!
A grilled meal of steak and potatoes crowned by lemon meringue pie will make Father's Day extra special this year.

 

12 Tips for Organizing the Family Bathroom

With several kids and adults using the same bathroom, it’s not surprising it often looks like a hurricane just swept through. It’s not hard to organize this small room, but keeping it tidy is a challenge.


 

A Visit to a Theme Park

Whether you plan a day at a local theme or amusement park, or a major vacation to Disney World, the trips should be fun and relaxing. A few tips will help the experience run smoothly. Spending a day enjoying the thrills and chills of a well run park is a great way to end the summer!


 

Genealogy Research on the Web
While many of us have long been fascinated by our family histories, there is more opportunity than ever nowadays to discover a great deal about our ancestors.

 

How Much Is Enough Life Insurance?
While none of us like to think about it, parents of young children should be concerned about life insurance. Should either or both parents die, insurance could be vital to the children's well-being.

 

A Child’s Strawberry Garden

Children love watching strawberries grow. They can see the flowers that bloom before the fruit develops, observe the bees gather pollen, and finally see the berries develop and change from green to red. Once they are bright red, it’s time to sample the luscious fruit. The best part!


 

Finances and the Family
It's never too early to talk to your kids about money. The trick is to know how much and how often.

 

Make the Most of the Family Room

Family rooms fall under the category of “I’ll know one when I see one,” but otherwise are a little tricky to pin down. 


 

Never Yell Fire!
Most of us go through life not worrying too much about fire. The odds of your house burning down are not great, but they exist—and there is no point in playing the odds. Instead, take sensible precautions.

 

Look After Yourself
As parents, we have a tendency to put everyone else's needs before our own, but we also need to take care of ourselves. Make looking after yourself a priority and you will be better prepared to deal with those you love.

 

Take a Walk on Mother’s Day

Take a walk on Mother's Day. Chances are the weather will cooperate and you can go to a park or beach, but even if you and a friend or family member decide to walk in a mall, take some time to notice the natural beauty around you — or in the case of the mall, the friendly faces. Reflect on all that is good in your life and appreciate the true meaning of Mother's Day.


 

Gather the Family for Supper Tonight

The recipe for keeping your kids emotionally healthy might be found at your dinner table. Studies show that the more frequently kids eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to use drugs, alcohol and tobacco.


 

Help for Overscheduled Kids!
If you sense your children are feeling the burden of too much structured time and not enough down time, think about pulling back from a few activities. Everyone will benefit.

 

Cooking Under Pressure
Today's pressure cookers are safe and easy to use. For the busy home cook who loves the flavor and goodness of homemade meals, they are truly marvelous. 

 

Let's Decorate Easter Baskets!
Transform simple, plain, inexpensive baskets into charming Easter baskets for children--or for the Easter bunny himself!

 

Plans for a Family Reunion
Family reunions can be lots of fun, but without careful planning they create nothing but headaches. Do it right and have a great time!

 

Kids' Passover Activities
Regardless of whether your family celebrates Passover, you can introduce your children to Passover traditions through these activities. They're fun and educational. Tell Them The Passover Story Passover commemorates the exodus of the Israelites from

 

Keep Your Family’s Food Supply Safe
It's not hard to clean fruits and vegetables of chemicals and bacteria. Clean, cool water is the secret.

 

Favorite Family Outings

Life is busy and there is not always time for week-long, family vacations. That shouldn't stop us from finding a day, an evening, or a weekend to plan fun and relatively inexpensive outings that the entire family will enjoy.


 

St. Patrick's Day Family Supper
Let the luck 'o the Irish into your house on St. Patrick's Day. Regardless of your family's heritage, everyone is Irish on this day in mid March -- and what better way to celebrate than with a traditional Irish meal? Corned Beef: Tender and Tasty Y

 

Take Stock of the Family Medicine Cabinet
We are fortunate to have access to high-quality, over-the-counter medications and home remedies for minor illnesses and accidents. Trouble is, these products tend to languish in our medicine chests for months and years.

 

Choose the Right Dog for Your Family
Think about breed, size, and temperment when choosing a dog for your family. Take your home life into account, too.

 

Baking Bread with the Kids
Once they try it, kids love to bake bread. It takes time, but a lazy Sunday afternoon or school vacation day is perfect for mixing some very basic ingredients together and watching them transform into an airy loaf of bread.

 

A Delicious Family Valentine
Include the kids in the Valentine's Day celebration. What a great way to say "I love you!" to the whole family.

 

Family Night Fun

A family game night is one of the easiest and most satisfying events you can plan with your kids. If you make it a regular occurrence, even better! Weekends and school vacations are custom-made for family fun nights, as are weekends.


 

Time for a New Computer?
As your children march through elementary school on their way to middle school, high school, and college, they need more sophisticated equipment and supplies to help them excel.

 

10 Kitchen Tips From One Mom to All Others
We have gathered 10 family-friendly tips for maintaining your sanity in the kitchen. We agree it’s an eclectic grouping, but raising a family rarely follows a linear, logical path, either.

 

Potassium Powerhouse

Bananas are so commonplace in most kitchens, we barely give them a second thought. But these sweet, inexpensive, and year-round fruit packs a nutritional punch.


 

New Year's Resolutions for the Whole Family
This year, try making resolutions as a family. Doing so will give the kids an opportunity to learn about working together as a team and the value of setting goals.

 

Joyful New Year's Resolutions
Even if you think making resolutions on January 1 is a waste of time, you will probably feel the urge to do so. This year, be realistic and determine to have some fun. The economic picture may not be perfect, but this does not mean we should not appreciate life's joys.

 

Who Has Time to Cook?
Most of us are stretched to the limit during the holidays. With kids, work, housekeeping, holiday shopping, baking, and decorating, who has time to cook supper? We'll help you find the time!

 

Organizing Your Photographs
Organizing your family photographs may seem like an overwhelming task but it is one that will lead you down memory lane in the best way. We all have dozens stored on hard drives, and even older ones in boxes or bags that would do best in albums. 

 

How to Keep a Good Sitter
Finding a reliable, cheerful, and resourceful sitter is every parents' dream come true. Your children don't whine when you leave them and you can enjoy yourself without worry.

 

Plan a Christmas Cookie Decorating Party!
At this time of year, nothing could be more fun than a cookie decorating party!

 

Classic Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is not a time to fool with tradition. No mashed potatoes? What were you thinking! What about green beans? Can’t live without them! And no home cook would dream of serving anything but roast turkey. Even a small turkey breast might be considered a breach of family trust, regardless of the size of the family.


 

Reading to the Kids
Early childhood experts and other professionals agree that reading to your child for at least 20 minutes each day is one of the most important things you can do for him or her.

 

Walk, Run, and Play Into Fall!
Physical activity is beneficial for all ages. It makes everyone feel better, alleviates fatigue, helps our appetites, and along the way, you and your kids will share some good laughs.

 

Choose the Right Dog for Your Family
Think about breed, size, and temperment when choosing a dog for your family. Take your home life into account, too.

 

Castles in the Sand

Building sandcastles and carving other fantastic creations on the beach is a fleeting pastime that continues to intrigue both children and adults. Why not make this the summer you and your kids build the most fanciful castle ever?


 

Happy When We're Hiking!
Once you and the kids hit a hiking trail, the fun begins. If you are well prepared and have planned a sensible route, everyone will have a good time. Not even a few rain drops will dampen the enthusiasm.

 

Stay Healthy in Hotels
We think nothing of traveling for business, to a cousin s wedding, to visit folks during the holidays, or to see an old friend. And we love to take our kids along whenever possible. All this travel means that many of us stay in hotels and motels

 

Plans for a Family Reunion
Family reunions can be lots of fun, but without careful planning they create nothing but headaches. Do it right and have a great time!

 

Family Beach Day Survival
Packing up and heading to the beach is a favorite excursion for many families. With just a little planning, it’s easy to keep a beach day stress-free, fun and memorable. Here are five tips to incorporate into your beach-day planning.

 

Make Your Own Family Tree
Exploring the family's structure can be a great learning experience for even the youngest child. Older kids find it intriguing to uncover a family line. The Internet is a useful source for tracing family lines and hunting for clues. Libraries, too, o

 

Make a Sand Castle Kit for the Beach!
With a few simple household items, you're ready for a weekend at the beach building sand castles and other marvels in all shapes and sizes.

 

April Fools!

The first day of April is designated as a day for pranksters and practical jokers. Nothing is more fun than pulling a harmless trick on a parent -- or a child -- that makes everyone laugh. It's a day to be silly. Enjoy it!


 

Help for Overscheduled Kids!
If you sense your children are feeling the burden of too much structured time and not enough down time, think about pulling back from a few activities. Everyone will benefit.

 

A Delicious Family Valentine
Include the kids in the Valentine's Day celebration. What a great way to say "I love you!" to the whole family.

 

Plan a Christmas Cookie Decorating Party!
At this time of year, nothing could be more fun than a cookie decorating party!

 

Never Yell Fire!
Most of us go through life not worrying too much about fire. The odds of your house burning down are not great, but they exist—and there is no point in playing the odds. Instead, take sensible precautions.

 

Walk, Run, and Play Into Fall!
Physical activity is beneficial for all ages. It makes everyone feel better, alleviates fatigue, helps our appetites, and along the way, you and your kids will share some good laughs.

 

Finances and the Family
It's never too early to talk to your kids about money. The trick is to know how much and how often.

 

Crazy for Kayaks

If you like water, boats, and good fun, you probably will like kayaking. Similar to canoeing, kayaking is easy enough to master for a level of enjoyable proficiency, and is a sport the entire family can do together.


 

The First Family Cookout of the Year
Nothing brings on festive mood more quickly than cooking outside and this early cook-out will bring smiles to everyone's face.

 

Structuring Your Child's Summer
Parents know that summer is a magical time for youngsters, but to insure your children experience that magic requires planning. Some structure is good. Too much is counterproductive and may result in stressed kids, rather than refreshed kids we all expect at August's end.

 

April Fools!

The first day of April is designated as a day for pranksters and practical jokers. Nothing is more fun than pulling a harmless trick on a parent -- or a child -- that makes everyone laugh. It's a day to be silly. Enjoy it!


 

A Delicious Family Valentine
Include the kids in the Valentine's Day celebration. What a great way to say "I love you!" to the whole family.

 

Joyful New Year's Resolutions
Even if you think making resolutions on January 1 is a waste of time, you will probably feel the urge to do so. This year, be realistic and determine to have some fun. The economic picture may not be perfect, but this does not mean we should not appreciate life's joys.

 

A Visit to a Theme Park

Whether you plan a day at a local theme or amusement park, or a major vacation to Disney World, the trips should be fun and relaxing. A few tips will help the experience run smoothly. Spending a day enjoying the thrills and chills of a well run park is a great way to end the summer!


 

Who Has Time to Cook?
Most of us are stretched to the limit during the holidays. With kids, work, housekeeping, holiday shopping, baking, and decorating, who has time to cook supper? We'll help you find the time!

 

Houseguests for the Holidays

Whether your in-laws, distant relations from abroad, or your best friends will visit during the holidays, make them feel special. Here are a few time-proven tricks for turning your house into a welcoming home.


 

Four Ways to Survive Your Vacation
Pre-planning and a good attitude go along way to ensuring your vacation will be relaxing and successful. Make sure there's something for everyone.

 

Fighting Hunger Is a Family Affair
Kids are amazingly empathetic and usually want to help when they learn about the problem of childhood hunger in America. They don’t like the idea of other kids being hungry any more than their parents do!

 

Pool Time!
Backyard pools, filled with sparkling aqua water, entice children and adults alike during hot summer days and evenings. Splashing in them in provides hours of family fun as it cools everyone down. The pool also is the focal point for easy summer entertaining and family cookouts.

 

Let's Decorate Easter Baskets!
Transform simple, plain, inexpensive baskets into charming Easter baskets for children--or for the Easter bunny himself!

 

Why Train Your Dog?

Chances are your dog jumps on guests, pulls and lunges on the leash, and does not come when he’s called. This behavior leads to frustration on the part of many dog owners. The frustration too often results in yelling — and maybe even hitting. No one, neither you nor your pet, is happy. What to do? Train the dog!


 

Four Ways to Survive Your Vacation
Pre-planning and a good attitude go along way to ensuring your vacation will be relaxing and successful. Make sure there's something for everyone.

 

The First Family Cookout of the Year
Nothing brings on festive mood more quickly than cooking outside and this early cook-out will bring smiles to everyone's face.

 

Why Train Your Dog?

Chances are your dog jumps on guests, pulls and lunges on the leash, and does not come when he’s called. This behavior leads to frustration on the part of many dog owners. The frustration too often results in yelling — and maybe even hitting. No one, neither you nor your pet, is happy. What to do? Train the dog!


 

Time for a New Computer?
As your children march through elementary school on their way to middle school, high school, and college, they need more sophisticated equipment and supplies to help them excel.

 

Take a Walk on Mother’s Day

Take a walk on Mother's Day. Chances are the weather will cooperate and you can go to a park or beach, but even if you and a friend or family member decide to walk in a mall, take some time to notice the natural beauty around you — or in the case of the mall, the friendly faces. Reflect on all that is good in your life and appreciate the true meaning of Mother's Day.


 

Happy When We're Hiking!
Once you and the kids hit a hiking trail, the fun begins. If you are well prepared and have planned a sensible route, everyone will have a good time. Not even a few rain drops will dampen the enthusiasm.

 

Celebrate Father's Day!
A grilled meal of steak and potatoes crowned by lemon meringue pie will make Father's Day extra special this year.

 

Make Father's Day Special
With a little planning kids can be creative in how they celebrate with their fathers. Homemade gifts, planned outings, and family gatherings are great ideas.

 

Houseguests for the Holidays

Whether your in-laws, distant relations from abroad, or your best friends will visit during the holidays, make them feel special. Here are a few time-proven tricks for turning your house into a welcoming home.


 








 
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