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Family Rituals and Routines--Good Times Even in Bad Times


by Cathy Paper


Set your family up to create a powerful, close knit, loving family best despite challenging economic times, job loss or the general stress of a busy family life.


Families go faster than ever these days. Whether it's the demands of work, technology, or after-school activities, family members are simultaneously pulled in mu ... Continue reading Family Rituals and Routines--Good Times Even in Bad Times

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Exercising with Your Kids--The 21st Century Way


by Katriena Knights


It's hard to find time to spend with your kids under the best of circumstances. It's even harder to find time you can spend together working on your overall health and fitness.


It seems like most kids these days just want to spend their time inside, in front of the TV or playing video games. While it's certainly rec ... Continue reading Exercising with Your Kids--The 21st Century Way

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Family Volunteering During the 'Me-Centered' Holidays


by C.J. Renner


The holiday season is one of the best times to be a kid: the gifts, the vacation from school, the parties... it's no wonder they can get a little "me centered" that time of year. But the joy of spoiling them also comes with the guilt of spoiling them. Older traditions like caroling or seeing relatives during the holidays can help keep the holidays f ... Continue reading Family Volunteering During the 'Me-Centered' Holidays

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Holiday Stress: It's Not Just for Parents Anymore


Heather MacLeod, LICSW
Children's Physician Network


It's no secret that holidays can be stressful for adults: Family gatherings, elaborate meals, holiday shopping... It's often something we look forward to, only to suffer utter exhaustion when it's all over. So how can families help kids from becoming stressed and over-tired in the midst of all ... Continue reading Holiday Stress: It's Not Just for Parents Anymore

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5 Ways to Spend Time With Your Child


By Rita Webb


Like adults, no two children are alike. Therefore, children need to be treated as individuals. With three children in our family, it is hard to find one-on-one time to talk, listen, and nurture each child's personal needs.


In our house, we schedule one night out of the week to spend with one child alone. On a rotating basi ... Continue reading 5 Ways to Spend Time With Your Child

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A Little Planning Can Make for the Most Memorable Family Gatherings


Many families will be gathering this summer to share traditions and make new memories. More than seven out of 10 people agree that the best way to continue their family's traditions is through gatherings and celebrations, according to a new survey by Kelton Research. With each passing year, however, 68 percent of Americans admit reuniting with family is becoming harder. To ensur ... Continue reading A Little Planning Can Make for the Most Memorable Family Gatherings

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Five Great American Yard Games of Summer


Who was the first human to look at a wide, pristine expanse of grass and think "This looks like a good spot for a game?" The answer is lost to time, but modern Americans definitely owe a debt of gratitude to that long-forgotten ancestor. He or she was the unwitting inventor of the yard game, the ultimate summer pastime.


"Many of us remember playing yard games as chi ... Continue reading Five Great American Yard Games of Summer

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Turn a Visit to the Mall of America into a Full-on Vacation

By Stephany Wiestling


The trend this summer is to vacation close to home. Make it a long weekend, or extend it out even further by exploring some of the attractions in the surrounding area.


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Radisson located across the highway from the Mall of America. (952-854-8700) Hotel guests are guaranteed entry to the adjacent Water Park ... Continue reading Turn a Visit to the Mall of America into a Full-on Vacation

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A Puppy Party Is A Dog-Gone Good Idea!


Here's a summer afternoon party idea the kids and adults alike will love --host a neighborhood puppy party and invite local pugs, poodles, and Pomeranians (and their people) over for playtime and snacks.


It's easy to pull together. Designate a secure area for the pups to play. Plan a few friendly competitions--catch the Frisbee or the ball, best manners, and 'com ... Continue reading A Puppy Party Is A Dog-Gone Good Idea!

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Give Your Kids a Green Education


Looking for creative ways to enjoy the warm weather and get outdoors with your kids? Perhaps you need an original craft or activity to occupy your child during rainy days or quiet times. Or, maybe youĂ­re eager to educate your children on ways to respect the environment by reusing and recycling common household items.


When it comes to giving your kids a green edu ... Continue reading Give Your Kids a Green Education

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Theme Parks Should Be Fun!


By Stephany Wiestling


Theme park? Pretty much describes my daily life. So why does it seem so chaotic during a family vacation ? Some pre-trip prep can tame the chaos. Repeat after me, "We're here to relax and have fun." Keep coming back to this when everyone is hot, tired, and cranky.


Take it easy, relax.
Burs ... Continue reading Theme Parks Should Be Fun!

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Getting Outdoors With Your Toddler


As the weather warms and families come out to play, moms and dads often wonder how they can keep their toddler busy outdoors while spending quality time together. There's no need to stock up on hundreds of dollars worth of toys or fancy games. Just a few strategic playthings powered by children and their imaginations are all parents need to get outdoors with their toddler ... Continue reading Getting Outdoors With Your Toddler

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Fun Family Gardening Activities



We know---it seems a little early to be talking about gardening. But gardening season will be here before you know it. Why not plan ahead to include your kids in your garden activities?



Gardening With Charlie

By Charlie Nardozzi


Gardening is a great way for kids to get exercise, spend time outdoors, and lea ... Continue reading Fun Family Gardening Activities

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