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Building the Branches of Your Family Tree

Family photos will help with your research. Credit: rick, Flickr Google the phrase "family tree" and you may be overwhelmed by what you see. Certainly, there's no shortage of sites to help you navigate through the world of genealogy....Creating a family tree can be a fun and meaningful activity.

Relax, Parents - You're Spending More Time With Your Kids Than You Think

Even the First Family makes time for play. Credit: Joe Raedle, Getty Images
Finally, a study that doesn't send parents into a spiral of guilt, shame and despair: Research findings show that the amount of time parents spend with their children...

10 Ways to Teach Your Kids Compassion

Craig Kielburger became famous when, at only twelve years old, he founded a charitable organization to fight child exploitation called Free the Children. Since its humble beginnings in the Kielburger family home in 1995, Free the Children has...

Living With Less Can Lead Families to More

In 1956, Coach Jerry Sacharski couldn't turn away the little guys who showed up wanting to be part of his summer baseball program, so he started the first PeeWee T-ball league to teach the six -to-eight-year-old set the fundamentals of baseball and...

DailyDish - Make a Family Resolution

New Year's resolutions aren't just for grown-ups. This year, make a resolution the whole family can stick to....

Cloud 9 - Little Red Wagon v2.0

My husband brought home a Radio Flyer when our first born was nearly two, a proud daddy happy to be buying his little girl her first little red wagon. I marveled then at how much wagons have changed -- plastic flip-up seats, cup holders, and safety...

Build a Gingerbread House This Weekend

Nothing says family time like a great craft or cooking project, and a gingerbread house is just that. It's the perfect Saturday activity to keep antsy kids busy while they wait for Santa to come. Historically, it's not clear how the gingerbread...

Toys for Family Togetherness

Toys for Family Togetherness
Here's a riddle: What's the best gift you can give your children this holiday season that can't be wrapped up or put under the tree? The answer is ... your time. It's tempting to spend, spend, spend...

The Great Thanksgiving Staycation - Five Family Outings

Our Thanksgiving celebration this year involves just a short day trip, which leaves a nice, long, leisurely weekend to be enjoyed at home. Our lives are so busy during the week, I look forward to these bigger chunks of unscheduled time to decompress...

15 TV-free activities for a rainy day

Last Saturday, we woke up to a wet and gloomy day. We made a huge breakfast, hung around in our pajamas, and spent the day not going anywhere. After a busy fall and a busier Halloween, it truly was a gift. It's really tempting on a lazy, rainy...

Daily Dish - Trivial Pursuit

This original version of Trivial Pursuit may not be intended for little kids, but mine loves it anyway....

Not trick-or-treating? Try one of these alternatives

Though the tampered candy scare of the 70s and 80s is little more than urban legend, safety is one reason that parents may decide to opt out of trick-or-treating. Unsuitable neighborhoods, bad weather, and religious objections are other reasons to...

Daily Dish - Let the games continue

The best parenting advice I've ever heard is also the simplest: play with your kids as long as they will let you....

How I spent my summer vacation

As soon as school ended last June, we put all of our possessions into storage and moved across the country for my husband's new job. Since then, my seven-year-old, my husband, myself, our two cats and the dog have been living in a small apartment...

Grandpa makes record-breaking catch with Barbie fishing pole

Fisherman love to tell tales about the one that got away. But how do you explain to your fishing buddies that the one that didn't get away was caught with a Barbie fishing pole that came with its own hot pink tackle box? Doting grandfather David...

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