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Birthday Parties & More
  • Best Ideas for Kids' Birthday Parties
    Putting together a super birthday party for your child is easy when you have a creative theme. Just think about what your child's current interests are--soccer, magic, makeovers or music--and then wrap the party around that theme. Here are a few party themes for different ages, complete with details, to get you started.

  • Themed Party Idea: Planes, Trains and Automobiles
    Because kids are always on the go, why not provide them with a way to get there - via a Planes, Trains and Automobiles Party? Author and party planner Penny Warner shares fabulous ideas to create the perfect transportation party.

  • Ideas for a Dress-Up Themed Party
    Dress-up themed parties are always a hit with kids. Children love to put on fancy clothes or fun costumes and enter a fantasy world. The most popular dress-up themes for girls are Princess Parties, while for boys it's Pirate Parties. Here are some suggestions for both.

  • Kids Party Etiquette for Parents
    Ever feel like you're out of the loop when it comes to the unspoken rules of kids party etiquette? Experienced Moms and Dads know the do's and don'ts of both hosting and attending kids parties. Here are some pearls of wisdom from these parent experts to those just starting out on the party circuit.

  • Plan a Princess Birthday Party-the Frugal Way!
    Kids' birthday parties seem to have gotten a little "out of hand" these days. The only parties some children have ever attended have been at places like McDonald's or Burger King! However, with a little planning, you can throw a great party in your own home, for a lot less money! A princess theme might be just the thing for your little girl--what little girl doesn't dream of being a princess?

  • Birthday Party Photo Tips How to Make Yours Truly Stand Out
    Follow these 11 tips for shooting the best photos with your digital camera; your pictures will be so good, you'll need to start getting used to being asked to photograph other people's birthday parties!

  • Birthday Party Fun: Goodie Bag Alternatives
    If you're looking for alternatives to pricey goodie bags, here are a few ideas that will make your guests--and wallet--happy by Deborah Shelton.

  • Planning the Ultimate Kid Birthday Party
    Need help picking a theme for your child's birthday party? Here are tips to help you sort it out and create a memorable day for your child.

  • Planning the Preschool Birthday Party: 12 Ideas for Children Ages 5 and Under
    Preschool birthday parties are joyous, but can be very stressful to plan and execute. A successful birthday party is simply a memorable event that makes your child feel treasured. From author Susie Corthright, here are some tips for throwing a birthday party for children ages 5 and under.

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Nature

  • Five Things Nature will Teach Your Child
    Deep in the woods, something small is lurking and just waiting to be discovered. Leading children into the arms of nature will expand their horizons and help make them become well-rounded individuals. Here are 5 things your children will learn by interacting with nature.

  • Use Nature to Boost Your Child's Learning
    Nature can play a big role in helping your children advance their learning. There are many activities you can do with your child to help him or her mentally and emotionally grow during the outdoor season. Lead the way to your children's learning experience in nature. Before long, they'll be pulling you off the couch with their green thumbs.

  • Working with Nature to Stimulate Your Child's Senses
    Getting your kids out in nature is the first step to awakening your child's senses for a lifetime of joy and learning. We use our imagination to inspire and develop our senses every day. Here are some of the ways you can help your child do so, too.

  • Four Ways to Complement your Child's Nature Discoveries Indoors
    Getting outside with your children can be a vital part of a happy family life. You can use indoor activities to expand on your outdoor discoveries and round off the experience. Here are four ways to complement outdoor discoveries with indoor activities by Mark Stevens.

  • Teaching Children to Appreciate Nature on Thanksgiving
    As Thanksgiving Day nears, the temperatures begin to drop and the leaves begin to fall. It is again time to pass the message on to our kids about just why we are giving thanks for so many things, including the amazing wonders of nature.

  • Gardening with Children
    Starting a small garden with your child or grandchild is an excellent way for children to learn to learn how to care for the environment and gain an appreciation for the many birds and insects with whom we share our gardens. Author Jill Black shares how to have gardening fun with your little ones.

  • Frugal Springtime Fun With Kids!
    Spring is here, and that means the kids are going to be ready to play outdoors more. But the time always comes when every mom hears "I'm bored!" Be prepared with these ideas to beat boredom before it begins! Cyndi Roberts shows us how.

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Vacations

  • What Did You Do on Your Summer Vacation?
    Whatever experiences you share with your family this summer, take the time to sit together and reflect on the experience by discussing it. Creating experiences and reflecting on them adds meaning and builds a lasting, significant memory.

  • 6 Tips for Keeping Your Kids Busy During the Summer
    If you need a few ideas for keeping your children busy this summer, Vielka McFarlane shares six great ideas that will enrich your child and occupy their minds.

  • 6 Ways to "Travel Bond" with Your Daughters
    As a mom, finding ways to stay connected to our daughters as they reach a legal age can be a challenge. Here are six ways to help create a magical getaway and strengthen your bond, as your girls become adults.

  • The Great Family Get-a-Way
    The search for the great family getaway is never ending. When you travel with teenagers it’s even more of a challenge. Older kids tend to go off on their own, get bored quickly and technology can quickly interfere with the time ideally spent together. In today’s world there are many considerations for choosing a family getaway.

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Indoor Fun and Reading

  • Journaling Prompts for New Mothers
    The most meaningful baby albums, scrapbooks, and journals go beyond the details of birthweight and time of day to capture the true emotion behind the birth. Here are some questions to help you remember the details, whether it was yesterday or years ago Sit with these questions and journal your way to poignant memories and the most sentimental of scrapbooks.

  • Journaling for Kids: 5 Tips to Help Your Child Start a Personal Journal
    Children reap the same benefits in keeping a personal journal as do adults. Journals serve as a remarkable way to enhance self esteem and to allow children to observe their lives from a new perspective. Learn how to encourage journaling with your children from author Susie Cortright.

  • Rainy Day Activities for Kids and Dogs
    Rainy days with stir-crazy kids and dogs can try your sanity. When your kids wail that there's nothing fun to do, have them try some of these simple games with the family dog.

  • Fun Preschool Activity - Let's Draw Together
    When you take the time to do a drawing with your preschool child you have the opportunity to enjoy working together to make something beautiful that both of you can take pride in. Share this fun activity with your your preschooler!

  • Pick up a Book and Read, Read, Read!
    Reading is one of the best free ways to entertain everyone from infants to the elderly. How does one instill a love of reading at a young age? Learn how during Get Caught Reading Month in May!

  • It's Closer Than They Think - Celebrate National Library Week
    All of the answers to the endless supply of questions your kids can come up with are closer than they think - at their local library. April 11-17 is National Library Week - the perfect time to introduce or reinforce the love of reading to family members and support local libraries and their staffs.

  • Guest Interview with Susan Branch ~ Author, artist, decorator and talented creator Susan Branch spoke with us about scrapbooking, creating and saving memories, and much more. Susan has donated three beautiful gifts which were given away at random to participants of this "interview." Enjoy our talk with Susan!

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The Family Unit

  • 8 Ways to Get Your Family to Help You Around the House
    The United States is tied for number 1 with Norway for equal division of household chores between men and women. According to the Journal of Marriage and Family, men contribute 46% of the United State's household chores. The bad news is that housework never ends. Here's a list of 8 ways to enroll your family into helping more around the house.

  • Culture of Divorce: How Our Moral Values Affect Our Children
    Whether the final outcome is good or bad, the whole trajectory of an individual's life is profoundly altered by the divorce experience. Perhaps it's not too late for us to rethink divorce and society's moral values and how our family relationships affect our culture and the generations to come.

  • Four Ways to Keep Family Harmony
    History itself affirms that the family is the foundation of society. But the most important place for family is inside each of us; it is who we are. We're living in days when the traditional family is challenged to the hilt. More than ever, parenting and nurturing roles are important and necessary. Like an orchestra, each family member is an instrument, with notes that blend the unit. Here are four ways to stay in family-tune.

  • Send Love Letters To Your Kids
    It's not enough to love your kids. You have to tell them that you love them. They need your love poem tattooed on their hearts so they can take it with them wherever they go. Don't just say it; write it down for them. Words seem to carry more weight when they are on paper. Write love letters to your kids, send cards, and leave notes for them around the house.

  • Family Stories Month
    What better what to preserve one's heritage than to get things documented. There are numerous anecdotes, legacies, and trinkets that should and could be passed on to future generations. The internet has made it much easier to document one's genealogy. It has also made it easier to perform family searches and to get the ball rolling on your family history project. With digital cameras, camcorders, voice recorders, and assorted websites, documenting family history has gotten easier and easier. Are you ready to take the leap?

  • 5 Steps to a Calmer Evening
    Whether you work outside the house or stay at home full-time, the toughest part of the day is the same: those frantic early evening hours when there are mouths to feed, homework to do, and cranky kids to handle. The trick is to streamline your to-do's so you can feel calmer and focus on what counts - spending time with your family. Here's how.

  • Get Back to Family Dinner
    Families today are busy. With after school sports and other activities driving our lives, a sit down dinner often falls off the "to-do list." But a family dinner is more than just eating vegetables: research shows that sitting down to dinner is an important protective factor in maintaining the health and well-being of your children.

  • Breaking Bread Together
    Studies show that for decades the family ritual of dining together has been steadily declining, but a focus on bringing attention to the importance of family meal times has started to turn things around. Family time is important for building and maintaining relationships. So get out the calendar and grocery list and start planning the menu today.

  • Let's Plan a Family Reunion
    July is National Reunion Month. Reunions (like friends and family members) can take on many different personalities. They are a wonderful way to connect with friends and family who may or may not live close enough to see regularly. Let us help you get started on planning a memorable family reunion for next summer!

  • Turn it Off and Tune it Out ~ Celebrate National Turn Off Television Week! (April)
    Did you know that the average American watches approximately four hours of television each day, including children? That by age 18 the average American child will see more than 200,000 violent acts (including murders) on television? That the proportion of overweight children has more than doubled in the last 25 years. Do something about it in your own family and turn off the TV!

  • Seven Ways to Keep our Parents Young
    What are some things we can do to help keep our parents young? Here are seven ideas to explore, which may slow down the ageing process and help keep your folks sharp and young at heart for years to come.

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Family Pets

  • Kids and Dogs: Things Change When Your Baby Learns to Crawl
    If your dog is going to have problems with your baby, the crawling stage is typically where you see the first significant signs. What can you do to make sure kids and dogs continue to see each other in the best light? America's Kids and Canines Coach Colleen Pelar shows us how.

  • Rainy Day Activities for Kids and Dogs
    Rainy days with stir-crazy kids and dogs can try your sanity. When your kids wail that there's nothing fun to do, have them try some of these simple games with the family dog.

  • Visiting Children and Your Dog
    Each year, approximately 2.8 million children are bitten by a dog. Parents play a huge role in keeping children safe around dogs. The most important thing we as parents can do is learn a little about dogs and their body language. Once we understand what a dog is telling us, we'll be much better equipped to help our dogs and kids understand one another.

  • A Puppy Party for Kid-Friendly Dogs
    Hosting a puppy party is a great way to help your new puppy begin enjoying and feeling at ease around kids. Puppies under 5 months old can learn a lot in an easy 30-minute play date. Here are a few tips from Colleen Pelar.

  • Healthy Treats for the Whole Family: Furry and Non-Furry
    Before you allow the kids to share their snacks, you should determine if it will help or harm your child and your pet's health. Many of today's processed foods are not good for any body; human, canine or feline as they contain rancid fats, sugar, and questionable chemicals. Home-made treats are a healthy and delicious option to processed products for all family-members including the furry ones!

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Balance/Organization

  • Five Secrets to a Perfect Weekend
    Your weekends are dictated by ballet, soccer and birthday parties. What would it take to tap into your inner Goldilocks and figure out what is "just right" for you and your family? Perhaps there is a way to keep all of your little bears happy without the feeling that your dream of a restful weekend, is simply a fairytale.

  • 4 Simple Ways to Live a Happy Life
    Did you know that it is your Divine Birthright to have an abundance of health, wealth, and happiness? All things were created to bring you immense happiness and joy. If you struggle with feeling joyful or having peace, here are ways that can help you have more happiness within to enjoy the bounty of life as you were meant to from author Carol Whitaker.

  • Getting it All Together Again!
    January is Life Balance Month--a month dedicated to helping moms recognize imbalance and find ways to implement, secure and maintain balance in their daily worlds. Let us help you make 2014 a much more balanced year.

  • Stop Resisting Your Life and Embrace ALL of Your Life
    New Year's is a time to embrace the whole of life and all that has happened, both what we love and what we would rather run away from. This year, for all events that have come about from bad luck and tough circumstances, here are three ways to wake up to yourself and embrace your whole life.

  • Balance Your Roles: Partners vs. Parents
    It's not easy to keep a healthy balance between thinking of ourselves as both partners and as parents. How do we achieve the right balance that makes us feel that we are doing a good job as parents without losing sight of the reason you became a family in the first place? Kathryn Sansome, author of Woman First, Family Always: Real-Life Wisdom from a Mother of Ten shows us how.

  • A Daily Dose of Cheer - For Y-O-U!
    Welcome to National Self-Esteem Month. Want to know what your self-esteem has to do with the winter blahs? Well, a person with a positive self-esteem won't allow the blahs to move in. They're so busy doing things they love, with people who love them, at places they love, that they're having WAY too much fun to be glum. So how does that help you? It's time to give your self-esteem CPR. (February)

  • Children's Artwork and Craft Projects - Save Only the Best!
    Are you drowning in a sea of craft projects and artwork that your children bring home from school? What do you save and how do you not save it all? Cheryl Butler, writer and mom of eight, explains how she launched Operation S.O.B. (Save Only the Best) to prevent her household from sinking under the weight of her children's artwork.

  • Guest Interview with the FlyLady! ~ "FlyLady" is the Internet's newest organizational secret! Her no-nonsense approach to getting your home and self back into order has worked for thousands. She will guide you through babysteps to get rid of your clutter and set down new daily routines. Enjoy her interview on StorkNet! Then find your lace-up shoes and get ready to organize your life.

  • Keep Up with Daily Responsibilities: Get Back to Your Post, Soldier!
    Even if you're not in the military, a well-defined Post is an important pillar of personal productivity. When you do your job well, other things in your life fall into place more smoothly. When this pillar is weak, your personal responsibilities seem to get in the way of life. Try these tips for defining and handling your life responsibilities by Laura Stack.

  • Guest Interview with Mimi Doe author of several books, including Busy But Balanced, responds to questions regarding how to create a nourishing, warm, caring family environment and how to add a sense of peace back into our lives. Stop by for a dose of inspiration!

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Motherhood - Fatherhood - Parenthood - Grandparenthood

  • Five Ways to Prevent Losing Yourself in Motherhood
    So many women lose themselves in motherhood. I call this the "Silent War," the process of slowly fading away from yourself, your interests and your passions without even realizing that it is happening. Here are 5 Ways to Reconnect with Who You Are After Motherhood from author Mia Redrick.

  • Embrace Your Choices And Let People Know It!
    If you are in your 40's or 50's, you probably know what you want. And yet, you may feel the need to deliberate. Why is this? Are we unsure of our own intuition? Do we feel that if we decide too quickly, we may be deemed impetuous or flighty? Are we afraid we may regret our decisions? Here are four tips for Making and trusting Choices.

  • Moms: Nine Things Me-Time Can Do for You
    Being a mom is the hardest job in the world. We are often overwhelmed and numb to outside stimuli. If you're tired and immune to emotions, your children will be especially affected by your lack of enthusiasm. It's not a luxury that detracts from your parenting station; me-time is a very-necessary, therapeutic regrouping that will return you to your station in peak condition. Here are nine things me-time can do for you.

  • Seven Tips for Mom-Me Self-Care
    Women who care for themselves typically are better mothers because they feel less stressed and resentful, and are more relaxed and carefree. Here are seven tips for taking better care of you!

  • Do You Need More Hours in Your Day?
    Do you often say, "There are not enough hours in a day" or "I just wish I had more time"? If you have answered yes, then this may be a sign that your life is out of balance. As parents, it is very easy to become so busy that you forget to hone in and consider what is most important. Here are my seven strategies on balancing your life.

  • Untangling Mom From the Web of Email and Family Schedules
    Being a mother that is active in her children's lives, there seems to be no escape from "email overload." Author Mia Redrick muses about her wish list to make her scheduling life easier with the barrage of emails that never end.

  • Inside Your Wife's Head: Defragging the Hard Drive
    Dads today are doing more with kids than previous generations. A 2008 study found that today's fathers are managing twice the housework and triple the childcare duties as our grandfathers. But that doubling still only takes it to 30% of the housework. Working and managing family obligations are filling the maternal hard drive. Learn more from Don Harrold of www.practicaldad.com.

  • The Benefits of Music with Children and Family Relationships
    Music can advance our intelligence and shape our future, beginning within the womb and continuing throughout childhood. It can play a crucial role in developing mental, physical and emotional growth. Music also can be used as a tool to strengthen family relationships and bridge generation gaps. Learn more from Marc Herstein.

  • Do Your In-laws Drive You Crazy? Coping Tips For New Parents
    It's quite possible that you have in-laws from hell, but don't assume that until you've communicated your needs and given them a chance to respond appropriately. It's usually not necessary to have a big serious confrontation to communicate your needs. Here are some examples of how to be respectfully assertive from Jenna Barry.

  • Save Your Relationship Before It's Too Late
    Your relationship is guaranteed to suffer with escalating disagreements. If you find yourself in a similar situation, soften up, and lighten up. Think about the bigger picture.

  • Grandparents Make a Big Difference in Today's Challenging World
    Childhood is eroding out from under our grandkids, but we grandparents can do a lot to get it back. Learn more from Nancy Carlsson-Paige.

  • How to help kids really know their grandparents - regardless of where they live
    We live in a very mobile society so it's not uncommon for grandparents to be states or countries away from their grandchildren. But even if we aren't right around the corner from each other, there are still many ways that our children can connect-at any age-with their grandparents. Here are 3 tips for building a strong bond between children/teens and grandparents.

  • True Romance for Couples with Kids: 10 Inexpensive Ideas
    Anyone can splurge on a formal dinner or a pricey bottle of perfume, but it takes creativity, forethought, and time to be truly romantic. Here are 10 ideas to fuel your own creativity.

  • Lessons Learned by a Grandfather
    Young people have many insights into a wide range of issues. It doesn't seem to make a difference if they're seven, seventeen or thirty-seven. Each one offers perspectives I find unique and intriguing. Learn how to listen to kids with the ear of an experienced and joyful grandfather.

  • Journaling Prompts for New Mothers
    The most meaningful baby albums, scrapbooks, and journals go beyond the details of birthweight and time of day to capture the true emotion behind the birth. Here are some questions to help you remember the details, whether it was yesterday or years ago Sit with these questions and journal your way to poignant memories and the most sentimental of scrapbooks.

  • Mothers and Daughters: Boundaries are a Good Thing
    Today, many mothers are staying invested long past the time when adult daughters should be making more decisions on their own, often confusing where their life ends and their adult daughter's life begins. Learn more about setting boundaries from authors Linda Perlman Gordon and Susan Morris Shaffer.

  • Breaking the Curse of the Good Girl
    Rachel Simmons, author of The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence, shares five ways moms can help girls be themselves and break the curse of the good girl.

  • Do I Have to be Available to My Daughter Every Minute? Ten Strategies to Nurturing Her Independence
    We raised our daughters to feel entitled, and when they can't or don't want to do something, we jump into action and fix it. We encouraged our daughters to have a voice, and as adults they use their voices to summon our assistance. Our hyper vigilance makes it harder for our kids to walk away from us. Learn how to encourage your daughter's independence from authors Linda Perlman Gordon and Susan Morris Shaffer.

  • Can a Mother Be Her Daughter's Best Friend?
    The intimate nature of the relationship between a mother and daughter is sometimes confusing. If close, the relationship can simulate friendship through the familiar characteristics of empathy, listening, loyalty, and caring. However, the mother/daughter relationship has unique characteristics that distinguish it from a best friendship.

  • Mothers and Adult Daughters: What is too Close for Comfort?
    Mother-daughter relationships are possibly the most satisfying and the most agonizing relationships women share. They are also our closest bond and the key to all other relationships. Exploring this relationship can help mothers and daughters to understand their own emotions, and what to expect from others.

  • Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Unattainable Perfection for Both Mothers and Daughters
    Beauty remains one of the most pervasive and principal standards by which women are judged, regardless of their age. Both mothers and daughters struggle to meet what the media and our culture defines as beauty. Of course, these narrow standards are impossible, especially when we are expected to have bodies that nature never intended.

  • Mother's Intuition
    Mothers and fathers, but especially mothers seem to have the ability to know their children with uncanny accuracy. There is an unspoken connection between a parent and child that bypasses logic and reason. This is commonly referred to as mother's intuition and it can empower a parent with almost phenomenal abilities. Learn more from Sherrie Dillard.

  • Mothers Shouldn't Try For Perfection
    Mothers shouldn't try for perfection because it's a set up for failure. Perfection creates an impossible ideal. By being imperfect, a mother helps her daughter learn to face the challenges and disappointments of life, which inevitably happen. Learn more from authors Linda Perlman Gordon and Susan Morris Shaffer.

  • Real Life Support for Moms: Motherhood and More by Melissa Stanton
    It's essential for women to accept that they needn't be solely defined by or worse, consumed by, motherhood. Be proud of being your child or children's mother-and your parent's daughter and your partner's spouse. Just don't forget to be proud of, and concerned about, your non-mom self as well.

  • Universal Father's Week
    During Universal Father's Week the importance of fatherhood to the family is celebrated. We should acknowledge and assist those men who are taking an active role in the lives of children whether or not they are actually their birth fathers. They are fathers, but also grandfathers, stepfathers, uncles, brothers, friends, Big Brothers, teachers, coaches and even professional athletes who selflessly develop relationships with children because they recognize the importance of having a positive male role model present in young lives.

  • Send Love Letters To Your Kids
    It's not enough to love your kids. You have to tell them that you love them. They need your love poem tattooed on their hearts so they can take it with them wherever they go. Don't just say it; write it down for them. Words seem to carry more weight when they are on paper. Write love letters to your kids, send cards, and leave notes for them around the house.

  • Gentle Hands and a Loving Touch - Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome
    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Unfortunately child abuse can occur in many forms to children of any age. Shaken Baby Syndrome is one such form of abuse that in recent years has been forefront in the media as it typically affects infants and toddlers, but can occur in children up to age 4. Learn more about this completely preventable lethal condition.

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Planning for the Future

Health & Fitness

  • Helping My Child When I Was Diagnosed with Cancer by Cathy Nilon
    When Cathy Nilon was diagnosed with Stage 2-b invasive breast cancer at age 43, she frantically searched for a book to help her young son understand what she would be going through in order to get well. Unfortunately, there was nothing suitable that would hold his attention. Here are some tips that got them through their painful journey.

  • Inspiring the Next Generation
    Obesity in children has tripled in the last 20 years and obese children are now likely to develop Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, upper respiratory problems and severe asthma. Parents can be great motivators to teach children that to move the body and exercise is fun and exhilarating. So get off the couch and start making small changes to create a healthier and happier family!

  • Top Tips For Exercise Motivation by Tracey Mallett
    We all need a little help to get motivated sometimes! Life is hard and we are tired at the end of the day. Who wants to work out? Here are some tips to help you keep you motivated!

  • Exercises to Get You and Your Kids Awake in the Morning by Tracey Mallett
    How do you get ready for an energetic day with the kids? Try these fun tips, stretches and exercises with your little ones to stimulate the nervous system and open the many channels of the body. You'll love it and so will your kids!

  • Get Your Plate in Shape!
    Let's get our plates in shape and celebrate National Nutrition Month not only during March but all through the year. Let's beat our current obesity epidemic and make Type II Diabetes a disease of the past. Eating healthfully isn't difficult or even expensive. It just takes a little knowledge and planning. We owe it to our children to do nothing less!

  • Healthy Habits: Starting Family Food Traditions
    Whether you carry on the traditions of your family, or invent new ones, they provide your family with something to talk about, something to look forward to, and something to remember. Outside of the serving traditional meals during your holiday feast, here are a few ideas for starting a tradition that may remain with your family for years.

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Decorating Children's Spaces

  • Add a Children's Library Corner to a Family Room
    Without a bit of organization, a child's books can slowly consume a family room. Parents want to encourage reading, but without the threat of their family room decor being obliterated by Dr. Seuss and Mercer Meyer. The solution is to add a children's library corner to a family room.

  • Adding Pint Sized Storage in a Child's Room
    Helping a child learn how to organize and care for his possessions is a great gift and one that can be aided with the help of a few key storage methods. Experiment with different ideas and think outside the box to find the perfect pint sized storage pieces. Learn more from Alyssa Davis.

  • Creating a Ballet Studio Bedroom
    If your daughter is a budding ballerina, chances are that a ballet theme bedroom will be a sure fire hit. Transforming a bedroom into a ballet studio can be slightly intimidating, however, without proper planning and a weekend to do the remodel. These tips will keep you on your toes and help guide you in the remodel.

  • Turning a Bunk Bed into a Monster-Free Fort
    Keeping the monsters away at night can be a tricky proposition for parents. Thankfully, there are some ways that parents can make their job easier and decorate their child's bunk bed at the same time. Here are some ideas that are monster-proof and kid-approved.

  • Designing a Bedroom for Step-Sisters
    When families merge, it can be traumatic for children of any age. For parents, it is important to remember that although you are excited to have your new spouse share your bedroom, your child may not feel the same way about having a new sister invade her private space. These ideas will help guide you through the transition of turning a single bedroom into a bedroom shared by step-sisters.

  • Decorating with Your Child's Artwork
    Your children bring home a lot of papers and artwork from school. Combine that with the multitude of drawings and paintings that they do at home in their spare time, and you may find that you are overrun with artwork. Instead of throwing it away or placing it in a pile that is soon to be forgotten, use your child's artwork to decorate your home. These ideas will help get you started.

  • Beyond Pink and Blue: Color Schemes for Kids' Rooms
    There is no reason to limit the color schemes for kids' rooms to the more traditional "pink for girls and blue for boys" guidelines. It can be much more appropriate and fun to explore other choices and involve your child in choosing a color scheme that suits their tastes. Learn more from Jessica Ackerman.

  • Decorating a Child's Room - 8 Simple Strategies to Make You Both Happy
    When it comes to decorating a child's room, your approach should be much different from decorating an adult bedroom. That's because a child's bedroom should reflect his or her personality and not yours.

  • Designing for Two – A Bedroom for Siblings
    When you have two children sharing the same bedroom, you've got some specific decorating and designing challenges. But, with a little planning and creative thinking, you can turn a shared bedroom into individualized space for each child.

  • Backyard Adventures: Planning an Outdoor Play Area for your Children
    Planning and creating an outdoor play area for your children can be a fun and creative task. Although many people immediately think of store-bought swing sets and play houses, there are other options when planning a backyard adventure space that kids will find fun and entertaining.

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The World

  • Four Secrets to Searching the National Archives
    As an American, do you love researching and learning about your nation's history? Do you need to help your child perform research for a school paper? If a search through the National Archives is in your future, it's not as easy as it look in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Author Phil Stewart shares his four secrets for finding what you need.

  • Talking Politics with your Children
    This year's Presidential election is a significant historical event. There is no better time than the present to include your entire family in the election process and learning about our government and how it works. Honor your role as your child's most important teacher by using these tips to help you and your children be a part of history together.

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Holidays & Seasonal

  • Getting it All Together Again!
    January is Life Balance Month--a month dedicated to helping moms recognize imbalance and find ways to implement, secure and maintain balance in their daily worlds. Let us help you make this year a much more balanced year.

  • Stop Resisting Your Life and Embrace ALL of Your Life
    New Year's is a time to embrace the whole of life and all that has happened, both what we love and what we would rather run away from. This year, for all events that have come about from bad luck and tough circumstances, here are three ways to wake up to yourself and embrace your whole life.

  • The Valentine Gift Every Child Wants
    Certainly love can be expressed with candy, flowers, notes or gifts. But is that what your child really wants or needs? Are those the things you want your child to associate with love? How about taking a different tact this year? This Valentine's Day, why not spell love the same way your child does: T-I-M-E.

  • Notes for Valentines Day and Beyond
    For parents and their children, Valentine's Day includes the lovely ritual of expressing their love through the exchange of cards. But if you're only giving your children cards and notes on Valentine's Day and on their birthdays, you're missing out on a wonderful opportunity.

  • February is for Lovers - Library Lovers, that is!
    February is the month devoted to lovers of all kinds - including Library Lovers. A month devoted to supporting local libraries and their staff. Can you think of ways to show your local library the love? We'll show you how.

  • Beyond Flowers
    How do you plan on saying "I love you" this Valentine's Day? Here are a few ideas to communicate, "I love you," on February 14th and on every day following. They are designed to touch the heart and the soul of your partner as well as those of your children.

  • Self-Esteem CPR
    Welcome to National Self-Esteem Month. Want to know what your self-esteem has to do with the winter blahs? Well, a person with a positive self-esteem won't allow the blahs to move in. They're so busy doing things they love, with people who love them, at places they love, that they're having WAY too much fun to be glum. So how does that help you? It's time to give your self-esteem CPR. (February)

  • Frugal Springtime Fun With Kids!
    Spring is here, and that means the kids are going to be ready to play outdoors more. But the time always comes when every mom hears "I'm bored!" Be prepared with these ideas to beat boredom before it begins! Cyndi Roberts shows us how.

  • Gentle Hands and a Loving Touch - Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome
    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Unfortunately child abuse can occur in many forms to children of any age. Shaken Baby Syndrome is one such form of abuse that in recent years has been forefront in the media as it typically affects infants and toddlers, but can occur in children up to age 4. Learn more about this completely preventable lethal condition.

  • Turn it Off and Tune it Out ~ Celebrate National Turn Off Television Week! (April)
    Did you know that the average American watches approximately four hours of television each day, including children? That by age 18 the average American child will see more than 200,000 violent acts (including murders) on television? That the proportion of overweight children has more than doubled in the last 25 years. Do something about it in your own family and turn off the TV!

  • Pick up a Book and Read, Read, Read!
    Reading is one of the best free ways to entertain everyone from infants to the elderly. How does one instill a love of reading at a young age? Learn how during Get Caught Reading Month in May!

  • Universal Father's Week
    During Universal Father's Week the importance of fatherhood to the family is celebrated. We should acknowledge and assist those men who are taking an active role in the lives of children whether or not they are actually their birth fathers. They are fathers, but also grandfathers, stepfathers, uncles, brothers, friends, Big Brothers, teachers, coaches and even professional athletes who selflessly develop relationships with children because they recognize the importance of having a positive male role model present in young lives.

  • Let's Plan a Family Reunion
    July is National Reunion Month. Reunions (like friends and family members) can take on many different personalities. They are a wonderful way to connect with friends and family who may or may not live close enough to see regularly. Let us help you get started on planning a memorable family reunion for next summer!

  • Fall Fun 4 Kids! by Colleen Langenfeld
    Looking to make some sweet Fall memories with your little ones? Here are some great ideas to get your family laughing, smiling and enjoying each other's company during these crisp Autumn days.

  • Host a Haunted Halloween Fright-Fest
    Whether it's super scary or just plain silly, your Halloween Haunt will be a hit with these quick and easy party tips.

  • 13 Halloween Party Activities For Kids
    If you're planning a Halloween party and don't have a clue what to do for games or activities, here are 13 great ideas that are inexpensive, easy to do, and lots of fun!

  • Remembering the "Thanks" in Thanksgiving
    November is the time of year when family and friends gather to break bread together to give thanks for the people, places and things that have impacted their lives over the past year. It is a time for acknowledgement.

  • Teaching Children to Appreciate Nature on Thanksgiving
    As Thanksgiving Day nears, the temperatures begin to drop and the leaves begin to fall. It is again time to pass the message on to our kids about just why we are giving thanks for so many things, including the amazing wonders of nature.

  • Thanksgiving Traditions: Nine Ideas for Families
    Celebrate families and togetherness this Thanksgiving Day with some time-honored traditions, which give us a sense of family identity and meaningfulness that can last for generations. Here are nine ideas for starting new family traditions - and for revering the old ones.

  • Special Thanks This Thanksgiving by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller
    What if your appreciation this Thanksgiving took on a new look? What if the blessings you count this year included situations that aren't usually regarded as helpful, useful or valuable? Consider these typical parenting scenarios and how you can be thankful for the opportunities such events bring.

  • Family Stories Month
    What better what to preserve one's heritage than to get things documented. There are numerous anecdotes, legacies, and trinkets that should and could be passed on to future generations. The internet has made it much easier to document one's genealogy. It has also made it easier to perform family searches and to get the ball rolling on your family history project. With digital cameras, camcorders, voice recorders, and assorted websites, documenting family history has gotten easier and easier. Are you ready to take the leap?

  • Before, During, and After: How to Declare a Truce at the Holiday Dinner Table
    Most families have some kind of history of arguments that seem to erupt at the yearly holiday dinner table. With preparation, knowledge, and the use of past experiences, you can create the holiday dinner you really want!

  • Hey Mom, Need Some Help?
    Here are some quick tips for changing the family dynamic this holiday season and forevermore. And for anyone else needing help getting help around the house, these are for you too.

  • Creating a Less-Stress Holiday Season
    It's National Stress-Free Family Month. The time between Thanksgiving and New Year's is a very stressful time for many, whether it is stress as a result of time constraints, money constraints, or emotional overload. But stress does not have to be accepted as part of the holiday package. Here are ways to combat it.

  • Christmas Gifts for Neighbors: 15 Ideas for Sweet and Simple Gifts
    The more holiday cheer we can spread, the better, especially in our own neighborhoods. Here are some ideas for simple, sweet, inexpensive gifts that are just right.

  • Christmas Traditions: 25 Meaningful Ideas for Families
    The holidays are a time to revel in the gratitude and love we feel for one another. Here are 25 meaningful ways to celebrate your togetherness this season.

  • The "Don't Buy Me Any Stuff" Gift Guide
    If you're looking for some extra meaning during this holiday season and a little less wear and tear on your family values, you might talk to your kids about alternatives to traditional gift-giving.

  • Give Presence Not Presents
    As if rising food prices, stock market instability and skyrocketing health care costs weren't enough, parents now have the added concern of finding available money for presents. Perhaps the answer lies in the gifts that are given. Give children what they really want from their parents, presence not presents.

  • Rekindling Your Holiday Spirit
    Is it time to rekindle your holiday spirit? Are you in need of bringing some life, meaning, and enthusiasm to you and your family's holiday season this year? If so, it's not too late to implement a few of the inspirational ideas suggested in this article by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller.

  • The Gift That Keeps Giving
    We teach our kids to give gifts to other family members, and they often learn that you do that because that is what you are supposed to do, but these gifts are often given in exchange of gifts given to them. Let's talk about giving selflessly to people in need and teaching your child the same.

  • Give Yourself Permission to Celebrate the Holidays with Joy
    During the holidays, rampant materialism turns us away from what is truly supportive in any spiritual fest, the nourishing of our inner being. This is particularly true of kids. So with the holidays coming up, let's look at what we can do to reduce the focus on toys, presents, and exposure to the commercial frenzy and put it back on activities that truly support our children's spiritual growth and awakening.

  • Healthy Habits: Starting Family Food Traditions
    Whether you carry on the traditions of your family, or invent new ones, they provide your family with something to talk about, something to look forward to, and something to remember. Outside of the serving traditional meals during your holiday feast, here are a few ideas for starting a tradition that may remain with your family for years.

  • 25 Days to Go! A Christmas Activity Calendar
    Stumped for ideas on how to keep your children busy during the holiday season? Are you looking for some holiday-themed activities to foster the holiday feeling? Here's our "advent" calendar of fun activities to do each day of December while your kids are counting down to Christmas.

  • Grab a Little Mom TLC for the Holidays!
    Moms are always busy, but there are certain times of year that are crazier than others, and now is one of those times. Schedule in a little time for yourself this holiday season to renew your spirit, re-energize your mom power and recharge your internal batteries with this list of ideas.
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