Family Fitness Activity: Planning a Winter Olympics Challenge

The 2014 Winter Olympics officially takes place in Russia in February, but my family has already started our own family Olympics of sorts right here at home. No, we're not skiing or speed skating. We live in Northern Florida,...

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Celebrating New Year’s Eve With Children

New Year's Eve is always a fun night for adults but the fun doesn't have to stop when you have kids. Over the years planning a fun New Year's Eve has been challenging, especially when the kids were toddlers-an...

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Five Tips to Keep Kids Happy on a Family Road Trip

Many families pick up and go during Thanksgiving and winter break. That means many parents may want ideas on how to keep the kids entertained before the vacation begins. With a little planning, you can avoid a trip full...

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The Benefits of Playing with Your Dog

The last week of September is National Dog Week. When we became pet parents, it was a big deal. We had three kids, a busy life, and we loved to get away for a weekend. Much like having a...

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Three Back to School Transition Tips for Parents

I'll admit. We don't follow a schedule during the summer months. We spend nine months of the year adhering to a pretty tight and busy schedule with the kids. During our summer off, we all want to relax. I...

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How to Help Siblings to Get Along

I've realized that there is no rhyme or reason to what makes my kids get along with one another on any given day. It doesn't matter that two of my children are 15 months apart or that the oldest...

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Raising a Tween

I have a tween that is too cool for everything, and I'm starting to think that includes playing. These days it seems all he wants to do is lounge around or sit in front of a computer. Each day...

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Planning a Birthday Party When You Have Multiple Kids

Birthday party planning with three kids—not exactly the easiest task even if the birthdays are spread out throughout the year. For me, my challenges are keeping the birthday party on budget and also coming up with a whole new...

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Time to Play: Tips for Getting Siblings to Play Nice Together

As a mom of three, there are no shortages of fights, bickering, and finger pointing between my children. My kids mostly enjoy each other's company, but we have our fair share of not getting along. It’s never the same...

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Time to Play: Spring Gardening

Last spring, we transformed our backyard into a play and relaxation space for our family. We hadn’t done much with the yard other than make sure we had green grass and space. In Florida, you can begin to sow...

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