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Alternative Summer Sports Activities for the Entire Family

NASCAR star Matt Kenseth and his family enjoy a day at the race track. Credit: Getty Images
You've practically been living at the swimming pool, tennis courts and soccer fields this summer. If you love those games and other summer sports -- but...

Avoid the Summer Learning Slide With Educational Activities That are Actually Fun

Even during the jam-packed summer months, be sure to keep up with reading and other educational activities. Credit: Getty
Three months of swimming, sleeping late and watching a heck of a lot of TV can undo nine months of learning. In fact,...

Yes, That Mosquito Really is After You

Don't scratch that mosquito bite, it may get infected. Credit: Hakan Hjort, Getty Images
If you spend most of your summer days fending off mosquitoes, while most everyone around you seems to be immune, you may think the little pests have it in...

ParentDish's Top 25 Summer-Themed Movies for Kids to Teens

Summer movie night? Pick a flick with a camp or summer theme. Credit: Corbis
"No more pencils, no more books; no more teachers' dirty looks; no more math and history; summer time has set us free!" So sing the kids at Camp North Star in the...

Absentee Grandparents, Euna Lee, and More - Links We Love

Grandparents have their own lives, and sometimes it doesn't include their grandkids. CREDIT: Mee Lin Woon, sxc.hu
It might be summer, but in the northern states, there hasn't been a lot of beach weather this year. Here's how to handle a summer...

Jennifer Hudson, Silver Linings, and Special Needs Bill of Rights - Links We Love

Riding in the back of the station wagon: No longer allowed. Photo: sxc.hu
Parents of kids with special needs now have their own Bill of Rights, thanks to Max's mom Ellen. "We have the right to expect our kids to be seen for who they are as...

New Pool Drain Law is in Effect

Pool safety is on everyone's mind in the summer. Image: sxc.hu
If your family is like ours, then you make good use of the public pool every summer. We go twice a week for swimming lessons and every now and then for $2 Tuesdays to take advantage...

'Fit as a Firefighter' Camp Helps Kids Lose Weight

Louisiana firefighters are saving kids' lives, but not in the usual way. Image: sxc.hu
Firefighters don't just fight fires. In Louisiana, they battle childhood obesity too. In Slidell, a local "Fit as a Firefighter" camp for children --...

Independence Day Fun - Links We Love

The fourth of July is the perfect time for family fun. Image: ginnerobot/Flickr
Get out your vacuum cleaners! These indoor fireworks, aka confetti popper rockets, are sure to be a hit with the kids. -- Alpha Mom Spending your Fourth at the...

Marijuana Mamas, Apology Cards, and Lisa Kudrow - Links We Love

Kid behaved badly on a playdate? Send an apology card. Photo: sxc.hu
Kate Gosselin admits it: Jon's been asking for a divorce for "a long time." She says that on a good day, she feels relief. On a bad, she feels failure. -- Whoa, Momma! One...

Water Safety, Cardboard Cribs, and Working Moms - Links We Love

Spend a safe and fun summer with your kids. Photo: sxc.hu
Don't let kids waste beautiful summer days in front of the TV or video games. Here are five ways to keep the whole family active and healthy this summer. -- Health.com
One of those...

Memorial Day Means Summer Fun - Links We Love

Memorial Day weekend kicks of a season of summer fun. Image: sxc.hu
Memorial Day is so much more than the beginning of summer. One blogger writes a touching and personal essay that reminds us why we celebrate. -- MomLogic Did summer sneak up...

Cut Costs, Not Fun at Theme Parks

Theme parks and water parks are gearing up for summer, and the owners (not to mention your kids) are hoping that your family and others don't cut this summer ritual from your entertainment budget. Some parks are offering massive discounts. According...

Ben Stiller, Grandparent Wars and More - Links We Love

Family vacations take planning and patience. Photo courtesy sxc.hu. School's almost out, which mean's the family road trip is drawing near. If you're traveling with anyone under the age of, oh, 25, you're going to need these tips. -- BabyCenter...

Staycations - Last Year's News?

Winter turns to spring, spring turns to summer, and here we are ... still stuck in a recession. Last summer, we tried to make ourselves feel better. "So we can't go on a vacation!" we'd say optimistically, "Let's try that staycation thing instead."...

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