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My 14 Year Old is Awful to Her Younger Sister!

Dear AdviceMama, My 14-year-old is always angry with her 11-year-old sister. She is also rude with me. She is very caring to others, especially little children, and is a good friend at school. It is hard for my younger daughter to watch he...
It's painful to watch anyone treat our child unkindly, but it's doubly difficult when one of our own children is inflicting the damage.

Families That Eat Dinner Together, Stay Slim Together, Study Finds

Kids who ate meals regularly with their family were 24 percent more apt to eat healthy. Credit: Getty Images
Taking time to sit down and eat as a family at dinner could help keep your children at healthy weights.
A new study publish...
Kids who eat frequent meals with their families eat healthier than those who do not.

Plant a Garden, Pack a Picnic: An Earth Day Family To-Do List

Watch a video to learn how to make earth day crafts with your kids!
Plant a garden or a tree as a family! Credit: Getty Images Tired of trying to explain global warming and begging your kids to turn off the lights to conserve energy?...
Reducing your carbon footprint can be fun.

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. B...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 i...

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 develop...

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 s...

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 h...

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 thi...

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 da...

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 ke...


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