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Fun Indoor Activities for Kids
Great ideas for fun, creative, and active indoor activities to do with the kids when it's rainy, snowy, or too cold to play outside.

Overindulged Children - Are You Overindulging Your Child?
How to make sure you are not raising overindulged children and why overindulging kids can harm them.

7 Cures for Kids' Post-Holiday Letdown
Smart strategies for preventing and fixing holiday letdown in kids when the celebrations end and normal routine begins again.

7 Fun Fall Activities for Kids
Autumn is a wonderful season, full of beautiful colors, bountiful harvests, and Halloween fun. You can include these highlights of the season as you think of fun fall activities for kids that encourage fun and learning, too.

Volunteer Ideas for Kids
Try these ideas for ways kids can volunteer to help those in need in their communities.

How to Talk with Kids About Tragic Events in the News
When a scary or tragic news event occurs, school-age children may have many fears and questions. Here are some things to keep in mind as you discuss frightening news events with your child.

Table Manners for Kids
At home or away, good table manners are crucial for kids. Even young children can be taught basic good table manners, and these etiquette lessons will carry a child into adolescence and beyond.

Banish Summer Boredom
When kids say they don't have anything to do, pull out these fun and even educational summer boredom busters.

How to Encourage Good Sibling Relationships
Sibling relationships are an important part of our lives. Here are some ways parents can help reduce sibling rivalry and fighting and strengthen sibling bonds among their children.

What Fun Indoor Games Do You Play with Your Kids?
Ideas for fun indoor games to play with kids when the weather is frightful outside.

Teaching Children Manners
From how to greet people to good sportsmanship, here are some important manners children today should know.

Hurricanes, Earthquakes, and Other Emergencies -- How to Prepare for Disasters
When it comes to disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, or acts of terrorism, it's crucial to be prepared. Here are important tips on how to be ready to handle emergencies to keep your family safe.

How to Handle Dawdling
Dawdling is a common problem among school-age children. But with a little love, understanding, and patience, you can help your child move things along and get back on track.

Tips for Traveling with Kids
When you are traveling with kids, preparing ahead is crucial. With some fun games, snacks, and the right preparation, you and your family will be more likely to have a successful trip, with minimal meltdowns and boredom. Here's how.

How to Talk to Your Child About September 11
Do you know what you will say when your child asks questions about September 11? Here are some tips on how to talk to your child about the events of that day, and what they meant for our nation.

Beat the Heat: How to Stay Cool and Have Fun with Your Kids on a Hot Day
Ideas for how to stay cool and have fun with the kids during a heat wave. Try these ideas great activities and games the next time it's sweltering outside.

7 Ways to Save Money on Back-to-School Shopping
Try these simple tips for saving money -- reducing the financial stress -- of back to school shopping.

Back to School Shopping Survival Guide
If you have a child in school, you know that back-to-school shopping can be a stressful experience. There's the expense, the hassle of long lines at the store, the rush to find everything your child needs for his first day. But with these simple smart tips, you can make back-to-school shopping much more efficient, less stressful, and easier on...

6 Ways to Speed Up Your Family's Morning Routine
Get out the door faster with these simple tips to make your family's morning routine quicker and more efficient.

7-Year-Old Child Development: Behavior and Daily Routines
For parents of 7-year-old children, parenting is more about guidance and reminders than close supervision. Seven-year-old children are becoming much more adept at taking care of themselves -- not only in those day-to-day routines such as bathing, getting dressed and even getting themselves a bowl of cereal in the morning but also in relation to...

10 Ways to Save Energy in the Summer
As summer approaches and temperatures begin to rise, it s a good idea to take a look in and around your home to make sure you are doing what you can to save energy and, in turn, save money. Here are some easy ways to save energy and get your home ready for the summer.

Tools to Help You Plan Great Family Trips
Taking a family trip can be a great way to spend some family vacation time. With a little research and planning beforehand, you can ensure a smooth journey, no matter where you go and how you get there.

Tools to Help You Plan Great Family Trips
Taking a family trip can be a great way to spend some family vacation time. With a little research and planning beforehand, you can ensure a smooth journey, no matter where you go and how you get there.

Taking Back the Family Weekend
How can you incorporate more fun into your family weekends? Here are some ways to spend more time together having fun on the weekends and spend less time doing chores and running errands.

7 Top Ways to Save Gas and Get the Best Car Gas Mileage
One of the best ways to stretch out your family’s budget is by doing what you can to save gas. With just a few simple, easy adjustments to your driving and car-maintenance habits, you can save gas and money -- and the environment.

Top 10 Tips on Teaching Kids About Money
When it comes to teaching kids about money, one of the most important lessons you can teach your child is how to have a healthy attitude about money. By helping your grade-schooler learn basic skills such as how to save and manage money -- and put it in perspective with other important things such as charity and family -- you'll give her...

Giving Kids Chores - Giving Kids Chores That are Right for Their Age
Chores can teach children responsibility and give them a sense of pride. But when children help, it's important to give kids chores that they can handle at their age. Here's a helpful guide to what a child can do when, plus some general tips on how to make chores more fun and rewarding for your school-age child.

Using a Timer to Help Kids Clean
Here's a great way to get your kids more motivated to do their chores: Set up a timer. Children naturally love challenges, and they can have fun racing to complete a chore before the clock goes off. Timers can be a great motivator for adults, too!

The Benefits of Giving Kids Chores
Helping out with household chores can boost self-esteem, teach responsibility, and help your child feel like he's part of the home "team." Here are some of the benefits of giving kids chores.

Setting Up a Family Schedule
If your family is constantly scrambling in the mornings to get out the door and/or has trouble getting homework done or getting into bed on time, you might be in need of a family schedule. Here's how you can set one up and make it work for you.

Thrifty Thursday Blog Archive
The guides on the Parenting Family Channel here at About.com write about ways to save money in a regular blog carnival called Thrifty Thursday. These are some previous Thrifty Thursday posts, covering everything from how to save money on groceries to how to find the best sales and discounts for your family. Click through to the other guides'...

How to Teach a Child to Greet People Properly
Easy and effective ways to teach kids how to greet people politely.

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