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4th of July Parade Costumes!
Make some easy all-American costumes and decorate bikes, wagons -- even the family pet - for a neighborhood parade. This patriotic birthday bash could be the beginning of a great family and neighborhood tradition.

 

Chocolate-Covered Frozen Fruit
Nutritious, healthful fruit draped with chocolate and frozen is the perfect summer snack. Luckily, nature packages fruit in just the right shapes and sizes for freezing - and for enrobing in chocolate.

 

Ice Cream! We All Scream for Ice Cream Sundaes!
Make-your-own-sundae parties and get-togethers are always big hits. With young and old because who doesn't like ice cream?

 

Pitch a Tent in the Backyard!
You don't have to leave home to give the kids a taste of the outdoors. Pitch a tent in the backyard and enjoy a relaxed, family-filled evening. 

 

Backyard Water Play

A hose and a backyard equals happy kids!


 

Summer Fun Sandwiches

Summer time is sandwich time. Kids can make their own, particularly if the fixins' are in the refrigerator ready and waiting to be inserted between two slices of bread. Sandwiches don't have to be ho-hum! Use soft bread for kids' sandwiches and cut them with cookie cutters to make fun shapes. The soft bread is easy to press and cut.


 

Summer Break for Mom

Many mothers arrange their work schedules so that they can be home with their children when school is not in session. This often means living without a paycheck for these months.


 

Is This the Summer for Swimming Lessons?
Experts agree that until children reach the age of four, they are not ready to learn to swim. By then, their muscle development and emotional age allow them to master the basics so that they can, as the years go by, turn into safe, responsible swimmers.

 

Bean Bags with Patriotism
Bean bags are irresistible. They beg to be picked up, tossed, squashed, or juggled.

 

An Unplugged Summer
Even if you have never considered doing so, or have fleetingly entertained the idea, take the plunge: Unplug for the summer. It's easier than you might think.

 

End-of-Year Teacher Gifts
Many kids want to give their teacher a gift at the end of the year. Teachers love presents from their students! It shows them they are appreciated and liked, so giving a gift is definitely appropriate. That doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money.

 

Eight Ways to Master the Master Bedroom
When kids are small, they spend about as much time as we do in the master bedroom. We are apt to wake up with a little one curled beside us, or a toy wedged beneath our back. It’s a minor miracle if we get the bed made, much less worry about matching curtains and shams! But, as the children grow, many parents start to see the master bedroom as a refuge. It becomes a room that displays our personality without screaming it.

 

Structuring Your Child's Summer
Parents know that summer is a magical time for youngsters, but to insure your children experience that magic requires planning. Some structure is good. Too much is counterproductive and may result in stressed kids, rather than refreshed kids we all expect at August's end.

 

S'Mores: Summer at Its Best

A mainstay of campouts, s'mores are an easy -- not to mention indescribably delicious -- ending to any outdoor meal. There are only three ingredients, and all are easy to pack and carry. Put them together: instant magic!


 

Pool Safety First
As wonderful as pools are, it's crucial that parents keep in mind that drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children under two years of age and for adolescents. But there is a lot you can do to safeguard against this.

 

5 Ways to Celebrate with Dad
Father’s Day is a wonderful occasion for expressing our love and respect for the fathers in our lives. Fathers play an important role in a child’s development, self-esteem and emotional wellbeing and a caring father’s guidance and wisdom has a lasting impact on the lives of their children.

 

Three Earth-Friendly Crafts for Kids
Encourage your child's creativity while using household trash to make art around the house.

 

10 Small Steps to a Fitter You
For busy moms, a scheduled hour at the gym is often the first casualty of an on-the-go life. Whose got the time?

 

Stylin'!

Chances are you have the necessary material on hand to make some stylin' jewelry.


 

A Visit to a Theme Park

Whether you plan a day at a local theme or amusement park, or a major vacation to Disney World, the trips should be fun and relaxing. A few tips will help the experience run smoothly. Spending a day enjoying the thrills and chills of a well run park is a great way to end the summer!


 

A Day at the Beach
Is there a better way to enjoy the summer than to spend a fun-filled day at the beach? We can't think of one and so, pack plenty of cold drinks, sunscreen, hats, and water and sand toys and head for the shore! Packing for the Beach A reliable coole

 

KO Sloppy Joes!

Whoever first concocted a sloppy Joe sure created a world champion! These winning sandwiches are hearty comfort food, welcome any time of year. We love them in the summer over grilled hamburger buns and eaten outdoors, but they are equally yummy in the winter, spring or fall.


 

Five Ways to Help Your Child Lose Weight
Sensible steps and parental encouragement will help your child about a pound a week, Excericse and healthful eating patterns are key, as is the supervision of the pediatrician.

 

A Child’s Strawberry Garden

Children love watching strawberries grow. They can see the flowers that bloom before the fruit develops, observe the bees gather pollen, and finally see the berries develop and change from green to red. Once they are bright red, it’s time to sample the luscious fruit. The best part!


 

Finances and the Family
It's never too early to talk to your kids about money. The trick is to know how much and how often.

 

Six Things to Teach Your Kids Now

All parents want their children to be well-rounded, hardworking adults who find careers that make them happy. But few parents realize they can help set the groundwork to make that happen.


 

The Sweet Music of Wind Chimes
Making your own wind chimes is a relaxing warm weather project sure to appeal to kids.

 

Good, Old-Fashioned Fun!

Games for sizeable numbers of players of all ages are great for summer picnics and other get-togethers. They have easy rules, minimal equipment, and - best of all! - do not require great skill. This means all ages and sizes are welcome. These games are just plain fun. What are you waiting for? Invite the neighborhood kids, cousins, or schoolmates over to play.


 

After-School Snacks
After-school athletics, clubs, and general goofing around work up good appetites, which means that when that last school bell rings in the afternoon, your kids are hungry. Do you have the right snacks on hand?

 

Hot Dogs! Get Your Hot Dogs!
Few kids can resist a hot dog! Piping hot, tasty, and smeared with mustard or ketchup, they are the original to-go food. And yet, hot dogs have a bad rap. But nowadays more healthful franks are available in every supermarket. Try chicken or turkey hot dogs instead of pork or beef franks. These wieners are lower in fat and calories, and they taste and look like traditional hot dogs.

 

Spring Fever
It's close to impossible to keep the kids indoors on warm spring afternoons -- and few parents want to discourage outdoor play. Along with pickup ball games and tree climbing, kids love to jump on their skateboards, pull on their inline skates, or hop on their scooters. Make sure they are safe.

 

Make the Most of the Family Room

Family rooms fall under the category of “I’ll know one when I see one,” but otherwise are a little tricky to pin down. 


 

A Day at the Museum
Museums today are typically more kid friendly than they were 10 or 15 years ago and a visit will be fun, memorable and educational for both you and the kids. Plan ahead to get the most from the day.

 

Make a Container Garden for Mom!

The little things in life often bring the most joy and on Mother's Day and this is true of small potted gardens. These are lovely gifts no matter how old you are: adult children enjoy making these for their mothers.


 

Mother's Day Sunday Supper
A simple roast chicken menu that includes grilled veggies and steamed rice is easy enough for kids to fix for Mom. Step-by-step instructions guide young cooks through the process -- although Dad may have to pitch in, too.

 

Breakfast for Mother's Day
It's become something of a tradition in recent decades to treat Mom to breakfast in bed on Mother's Day, a luxury most women welcome, especially when small hands have set the tray and prepared the meal.

 

Moms Love Homemade Gifts!
Nothing makes mothers happier on Mother's Day than a gift crafted by little hands. Moms love to see what their offspring create, and kids get excited anticipating their mom's reaction. A win-win if ever there was one!

 

Malted Milkshakes!!
The classic malted milkshake is made with whole milk and vanilla ice cream. Use the richest, most delicious vanilla ice cream you can find, add a little vanilla extract or vanilla syrup to punch up the flavor, and the malt powder for its indescribable sweetness.

 

Taco Time!
Let the sunny flavors of Mexico rule the next time the kids stay home with a babysitter. Tacos are fun and easy to make - both the kids and the sitter can get into the act.

 

Help for Overscheduled Kids!
If you sense your children are feeling the burden of too much structured time and not enough down time, think about pulling back from a few activities. Everyone will benefit.

 

Gather the Family for Supper Tonight

The recipe for keeping your kids emotionally healthy might be found at your dinner table. Studies show that the more frequently kids eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to use drugs, alcohol and tobacco.


 

Get Cooking with the Kids
Children love to cook and they love to spend time with you in the kitchen. Teaching them to cook is a win-win.

 

Make Spring Cleaning Family Fun!
Spring is in the air and its time to tackle the damage that winter may have wrought on your home. Spring-cleaning need not consume days of your time, but it's not a one-person job, either. Delegate tasks to the entire family.

 

Starting Seeds with the Kids
With nothing more high-tech than water and the heat from the sun, your kids can watch as beans, such as lima, pinto, black, or mung, literally grow roots. The experiment allows Mother Nature to put on a wondrous display right before your children’s eyes.

 

Six Ways to Beat Boredom with Your Kids
Soccer practices, ballet classes and Little League games are fun for the child involved but these activities can be tedious for younger brothers and sisters who watch from the sidelines. With just a little creativity you can turn a potentially boring situation into wonderful bonding time for you and your child.

 

In Case of Emergency
An effective way to tell your kids about personal safety is to create teachable moments so that they understand how to handle certain situations. This is something all parents should do for their children.

 

Flying with the Kids? It's Easier than You Think
If you tremble with anxiety at just the thought of arriving at the airport with the kids, luggage, and car seats, you are not alone. Navigating busy airports and crowded planes with young children can be daunting, but it does not have to be.

 

Easy Egg Salad

A good egg salad sandwich makes a tasty meal! If your kids don’t seem interested in egg salad sandwiches, maybe they haven’t made their own lately. Most kids love a cooking lesson and learning how to make lunch is as empowering as it is delicious!


 

Rainbows of Fun

Tie dying is never out of fashion simply because it's so much fun. Kids love wearing and sharing their creations! Candidates for tie dying include plain natural fabric t-shirts, nightshirts, sweat pants, sheets, and curtains.


 

Do You Know the Muffin Man?
How's this for fun in the kitchen? In about 40 minutes you and the kids can have fresh baked muffins. No mixes, no tricks. Just mouth-watering, homemade apple muffins!

 

Old-Fashioned Sunday Dinner
Take time this weekend to get the family together for an old-fashioned Sunday dinner. Whether you plan a midday or early evening meal, slowing down with good food and good company is a grand way to celebrate the importance of family.

 

Earth Day’s Here!
Kids love Earth Day projects as much as anyone – they enjoy being out of doors in the mild weather, being physically active, and knowing that they are helping the community and the world.

 

Three Earth-Friendly Crafts for Kids
Encourage your child's creativity while using household trash to make art around the house.

 

Save Money on Your Child’s Birthday Party
Birthday parties for kids are a rite of passage that every child looks forward to — even when the party is not their own. These parties for tots seem to grow more expensive and elaborate every year, and parents and kids might feel the need to compete with their friends.

 

Play Dough for Rainy Days
Everyone loves play dough. Luckily, it's simple to make at home. You can make the dough with everyday kitchen items and dye it all different colors. Best of all, it provides hours of fun.

 

Let's Decorate Easter Baskets!
Transform simple, plain, inexpensive baskets into charming Easter baskets for children--or for the Easter bunny himself!

 

Easter Eggs Are Always Fun!
Children around the world decorate eggs in the spring as a way to celebrate rebirth and warmer days. In this country, we call these colorful decorations "Easter eggs," and decorating them is something children love to do.

 

Kid-Sized Sandwich Cookies
No child will turn down a sandwich cookie overstuffed with creamy filling. If they create them themselves, all the better!

 

Birthday Party Checklist for Moms and Dads

If your child’s birthday is coming up, chances are your house is soon to become birthday central. Even if the big day is a few months in the future, it’s not too early to start planning the party.


 

Kids' Passover Activities
Regardless of whether your family celebrates Passover, you can introduce your children to Passover traditions through these activities. They're fun and educational. Tell Them The Passover Story Passover commemorates the exodus of the Israelites from

 

Helpful Tips for Kids Home Alone
These is no certain age when kids are old enough to be alone in the house. The decision is something you and your children will have to grapple with as they grow up. When it's  made, make sure your children feel confident that they can handle anything that comes up.

 

Favorite Family Outings

Life is busy and there is not always time for week-long, family vacations. That shouldn't stop us from finding a day, an evening, or a weekend to plan fun and relatively inexpensive outings that the entire family will enjoy.


 

Planning a Birthday Party for Three-Year-Olds
When your son or daughter turns three, you might decide it's time for a "real" birthday party, complete with other kids and party games. What fun!

 

When Your Child Has to Go to the Hospital
If your little one has to spend a night or more in the hospital, begin to prepare him or her ahead of time to allay some fears.

 

Let's Go Fly a Kite!

Kites come in all shapes and sizes. Some folks collect them; others make their own. Kite making is a satisfying craft and one that the kids and you can work on together.


 

Sushi for Beginners
While some kids take to sushi like, hmm, a fish takes to water, there are some understandably more recalcitrant about giving it a go. Fair enough. Plus, as a parent, you might have some questions about when it is safe for kids to try raw fish or seafood.

 

Hassle-Free Mornings
For families with school-age kids, mornings can be hectic. When they are too crazy, tempers flare and everyone in the household risks being late for school and work. This does not have to be the norm.

 

Thinking of Buying a Bike?
When you buy a bike for your kids or for yourself, find the style that fits your riding needs and make sure the bike is the right size for the rider.

 

A Shamrock Garden
With just a few supplies and some help from a grownup or an older brother or sister, kids can make a whole garden of bright, happy-looking shamrocks. Use these to decorate the St. Patrick s Day table, a mantelpiece, or side table. These shamrocks would be

 

Homework in the Spring Term

The end of school may be in sight and the evenings are lovely, light, and warm, but homework is still important. You want your child to end the year on a high note -- and slacking off is not an option!


 

Pizza Night!

When you make pizza at home, you and your kids can design the pie to meet every taste. In the process, the kids learn some cooking skills and everyone gets a wholesome meal.


 

Kool Yarn
Kids love to dye wool -- especially when they can use kid-friendly Kool-Aid, or a similar powdered soft drink mix.

 

Log Cabins Made from Pretzels
Log cabins symbolize our country's past, and as such still fascinate us - especially kids. Now they can create their own miniature cabin, and then share it with the birds when they are done.

 

Relief for Stressed-Out Moms

We all love our kids. Nothing is more satisfying than the time we spend with them, playing, singing, reading, snuggling. But let's face it. There are times when every mother feels overwhelmed.


 

A Green Birthday Party

By using brown paper bags, leftover art supplies, and a little creativity, your child's next birthday party will be greener than ever.


 

Sleepover Success Playbook
Parents might dread sleepover parties. No need to fret! We have you covered.

  


 

Secrets of Scrambled Eggs
Srambled eggs are among the first things most kids learn to make. And what a thrill it is when they master this easy, appealing dish! This is grown-up cooking.

 

Take Stock of the Family Medicine Cabinet
We are fortunate to have access to high-quality, over-the-counter medications and home remedies for minor illnesses and accidents. Trouble is, these products tend to languish in our medicine chests for months and years.

 

Barnyard Pipe Cleaner Puppets
Have you ever thought about a puppet show? Half the fun is making the puppets. Here, the barnyard animals in this puppet play are a pig, a cow and a chicken - but you and your kids could easily make a duck or lamb, instead.

 

Does Your Child Hate School?
If getting your son or daughter to school becomes a daily struggle, keep an eye open for other signs as well. Most kids actually enjoy school, but some have genuine trouble with it.

 

Kids and the Common Cold

Young children average six to ten colds a year, and in North America these colds usually occur in the fall and winter. If your kids go to daycare or school, there is little chance that they will escape catching a cold.


 

Baking Bread with the Kids
Once they try it, kids love to bake bread. It takes time, but a lazy Sunday afternoon or school vacation day is perfect for mixing some very basic ingredients together and watching them transform into an airy loaf of bread.

 

After-School Snacks
After-school athletics, clubs, and general goofing around work up good appetites, which means that when that last school bell rings in the afternoon, your kids are hungry. Do you have the right snacks on hand?

 

Easy Valentine's Day Sweets and Treats

This Valentine's Day, gather the family and make your own chocolate sweets and other treats. You'll have great fun and save money. This is even a good excuse to set up an at-home ice cream sundae bar with storebought and homemade toppings.


 

Valentine's Day Cupcakes
Easy to bake and decorate, it's no surprise that cupcakes are kids' favorites. When better to bake them with the children than on Valentine's Day?

 

Valentine's Day Cards for Kids to Print, Cut, and Color
What better way to say Happy Valentine's Day than with your very own cards? We have a special page that kids can print, cut, and color. So much more creative than buying pre-printed cards!

 

A Delicious Family Valentine
Include the kids in the Valentine's Day celebration. What a great way to say "I love you!" to the whole family.

 

Kids in the Car
Kids tend to zone out while riding around in a car. If you want to turn those blank stares into inquisitive gazes, get their minds working with games that will help them learn while being fun.

 

8 Ways for Your Kids to Enjoy the Library

The library is a vibrant part of most communities where the entire family can find enjoyment, stimulation and peace. Your children will benefit if they think of the library as a regular part of their lives, and you can help make this happen.


 

Family Night Fun

A family game night is one of the easiest and most satisfying events you can plan with your kids. If you make it a regular occurrence, even better! Weekends and school vacations are custom-made for family fun nights, as are weekends.


 

Fun Football Cookies!
Football-shaped cookies will be the hit of any football game party. Best of all, they're fun and easy to make.

 

Splash! Swimming in Indoor Pools
One of the benefits of taking the kids to an indoor pool is that it offers a secure place for them to learn to swim -- an important part of any child's growing up -- and they are usually excited to take lessons if it means time in the water.

 

7 Ways to Stay Healthy This Winter

While colds and even mild flu are expected during the cold months to come, parents worry about keeping their kids as healthy as they can. With a few commonsense precautions, you and your family can avoid misery this winter.


 

10 Kitchen Tips From One Mom to All Others
We have gathered 10 family-friendly tips for maintaining your sanity in the kitchen. We agree it’s an eclectic grouping, but raising a family rarely follows a linear, logical path, either.

 

Get Those Pencils Moving

Being able to communicate well using written words is essential for kids to excel in school. This is easier for some children than others, and for all of them, those who struggle and those who don't, parents can help.


 

Splash! Swimming in Indoor Pools
One of the benefits of taking the kids to an indoor pool is that it offers a secure place for them to learn to swim -- an important part of any child's growing up -- and they are usually excited to take lessons if it means time in the water.

 

What Every Parent Should Have On Hand
We are fortunate to have access to high-quality, over-the-counter medications and home remedies for minor illnesses. Make sure you have them on hand when you need them and use them correctly.

 

Let's Make Meatballs!
Meatballs are easy to make, even for kids. With a little help and organization, they will be off, and love how easily they learn to cook one of their favorite foods.

 

10 Tips for Organizing the Laundry Room
Sensible organization in the laundry room makes doing the wash a lot easier. Get tips for sorting and laundering both soiled and clean clothes and keep track of both.

 

Potassium Powerhouse

Bananas are so commonplace in most kitchens, we barely give them a second thought. But these sweet, inexpensive, and year-round fruit packs a nutritional punch.


 

Are the Martial Arts for Your Child?
Studying the martial arts has everything to do with discipline, coordination, concentration, respect, and developing self-esteem. Additionally, enthusiasts say, because marital arts are taught year 'round, if your child develops an passion for the discipline, he can study 12 months a year, rather than be restricted to a sport's season.

 

Homemade Puppets for a Big Show!
Children's imaginations naturally run wild, and so creating characters for these simple, paper-bag puppets will appeal to them. If they want to put on a play with a real story, encourage them to imitate characters from a book or create their own characters.

 

Don't Forget to Say Thank You!
It's always a good idea to encourage the kids to send notes thanking others for presents and good times. Turn the task of writing thank you notes into a craft project. It's a good way to insure the notes get written -- and it's fun for everyone.

 

Make Your Own Crayons
A brand new box of crayons is one of the small pleasures of childhood, but too soon those perfect, bright-colored crayons turn into broken nubs and stubs. Just about every kid on the block has a box or tin filled with these.

 

Snowmen and Beyond

A generous snowfall can mean family fun. Look beyond the traffic nightmares and back-breaking shoveling and take some time to enjoy the white stuff piled up outside your door -- and the kids!


 

Pinecone Birdfeeders
Keep the birds in your backyard fat and happy all year long by feeding them regularly. Kids love this simple activity and these pinecone birdfeeders, which they can make themselves, only add to the fun.

 

Chocolate Chip Cookies One-Two-Three!
Yummm! A warm, chewy chocolate chip cookie dunked in ice-cold milk hits the spot. Or how about a couple of big chocolaty cookies tucked into a school lunch bag? Or a plate piled high with cookies during a sleepover party?

 

Why Is Physical Fitness Important for Kids?
Physical activity is important for kids, particularly now when so many of our children are overweight. The more your kids move, the better they will feel and the healthier they will be.

 

Let's Bake a Cake!

If your kids have never baked a cake from scratch, now's the time to start. It's easy and deliciously satisfying.


 

Popcorn Balls!
Help kids form popcorn balls for fun during the holidays or just for a weekend treat. These are great to make over vacation when you and the kids are looking for something yummy to do!

 

Joyful New Year's Resolutions
Even if you think making resolutions on January 1 is a waste of time, you will probably feel the urge to do so. This year, be realistic and determine to have some fun. The economic picture may not be perfect, but this does not mean we should not appreciate life's joys.

 

Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel!
Children can spend hours making these delightful edible dreidels. And they will love eating them, as well. The dreidel, one of the most enduring symbols of Chanukah, is a small toy that Jewish children have long treasured. The spinning top recalls

 

Chanukah Crafts
Chanukah calls for Jewish families to not only light menorahs (the candelabrum with nine candleholders), but also to display it for all to see. For hundreds of years, this tradition of "displaying the lights" has sparked Jewish creativity. Why not join in and create your own Chanukah crafts to display?

 

Fudge in a Flash!
It is easy to make fudge from scratch. This year, make it with your kids. Who knows? It just might become a holiday tradition in your house!

 

Kid's Christmas Cookie Animals
This year the FamilyTime kitchen decided that decorating a plate full of Christmas animals would provide hours of fun for kids--if only minutes to eat!

 

Shake It Up with Snow Globes
The weather inside these homemade snow globes might be frightful, but you and your children can create these snowy scenes in the comfort of your own warm home!

 

How to Keep a Good Sitter
Finding a reliable, cheerful, and resourceful sitter is every parents' dream come true. Your children don't whine when you leave them and you can enjoy yourself without worry.

 

Your Child's First Playdate

Preschool kids are at the age when playdates become part of their lives. Your child may have heard others talking about playdates and may beg you to arrange one for him, or you might suggest it and see how he reacts to the idea.


 

Favorite Holiday Movies
Looking for a holiday movie the whole family can enjoy? We have collected 15 all-time favorites.

 

Mashers Away!
With a little adult supervision, kids can master mashed potatoes in no time. And they will happily eat their creation.

 

Enjoy Trips to the Supermarket
When you and the kids come up with creative games to play, trips to the supermarket turn into expeditions the whole family can enjoy and learn from.

 

Thanksgiving Napkin Rings
Thanksgiving is a festive holiday and kids love to help make it even more exciting. There are no gifts, no special games -- instead, it's a time for time-honored family rituals revolving around an annual feast.

 

Over the River and Through the Air…
n the best of times, traveling with the kids can be stressful, but these days with increased airport security, even the calmest parent can be challenged. At no time will this be truer than during the holidays, when the airports are at their busiest. Before you leave home, know what to expect.

 

Not That Again!
Trying to decide what to pack in our kids' lunch boxes is nearly as challenging as deciding what to have for dinner! Truth is, many kids love lunchtime because of the chance to trade up: "Trade you a bologna sandwich for pretzel sticks." What's a mother to do?

 

Thanksgiving Toppers
With several sheets of construction paper, a ball of yarn, staples, and glue or tape, the kids can make simple hats and headdresses to wear on Thanksgiving day.

 

Flying with the Kids? It's Easier than You Think
If you tremble with anxiety at just the thought of arriving at the airport with the kids, luggage, and car seats, you are not alone. Navigating busy airports and crowded planes with young children can be daunting, but it does not have to be.

 

In Case of Emergency
An effective way to tell your kids about personal safety is to create teachable moments so that they understand how to handle certain situations. This is something all parents should do for their children.

 

Brownies! Brownies!

Since most kids and their parents love a good brownie, why not make them “from scratch?” They are just about as easy as those from a boxed mix and taste better (not even a trace of “artificial flavors”). Best of all, an easy recipe for something as yummy as brownies fosters confidence in young bakers and teaches them some useful kitchen skills.


 

Halloween Fun and Games

Halloween is fast becoming America's favorite holiday -- or one of them! Costumes, jack-o-lanterns, fantastic decorations, trick'r treating, and parties all mark the fun centered around the last day of October.


 

Black Cat Candy Caddy
The exciting hours your children spend trick-or-treating will be even better when they collect candy and other goodies in this adorable cat candy caddy! Making this craft with your kids heightens the happy anticipation of the holiday.

 

One Way to Save for College
It’s easy for new parents to rationalize that they have 18 years to put aside money for their baby’s college education, but it’s also never too early to start thinking long term. Save early and let the money work for you.

 

Chicken Pot Pie!
Most kids have only eaten frozen, pre-made pot pies -- and have never thought to make their own. But once they try, they'll be hooked.


 

Carve a Great Pumpkin!
Glowing jack-o-lanterns are a favorite Halloween symbol. Whether they glimmer from a front porch or behind a front window, they beckon trick 'r treaters and welcome casual passersby with whimsy and warmth.

 

Painted Faces for Halloween

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Ghoulies and ghosts and witches, oh no! Kid’s love to have their face painted--and what better time to do so than Halloween!


 

Rice Pudding for Kids!
Rice pudding? Why not? This is a wonderfully crazy combination and if you haven't tried it, you must!

 

Beyond Orange Juice
As delicious as orange juice is, the whole fruit is equally appealing. When you think of flavoring a savory dish with citrus fruit, think beyond lemons and limes. How about oranges?

 

Kids' Make-Your-Own Pizza Menu

Your kids will love making their own pizzas, even if English muffins are the "crust."

 

5 Ways Your Toddler Can Enjoy the Library
Carve out an hour or two to visit the library with your toddlers and preschoolers. Doing so regularly could encourage a lifelong relationship with a fantastic community resource.

 

For a Friendly Breakfast, Try French Toast!
French toast is a delicious breakfast that is so fast to make, families can eat it on busy weekdays. On weekends, it assumes the mantle of a special meal – and one that kids can make themselves.

 

Helping Kids Help Around the House
Chores help all children build self-esteem and a sense of responsibility. Here's how you can help your child learn to help you.

 

Celebrating Your Child's Birthday at School
Some of us have memories of sharing cupcakes with our classmates to celebrate childhood birthdays. It was an exciting moment when we spied our mom walking through the classroom door with a box of treats. While this kind of party is still permitted at some schools, it is not necessarily the norm.

 

Six Ways to Beat Boredom with Your Kids
Soccer practices, ballet classes and Little League games are fun for the child involved but these activities can be tedious for younger brothers and sisters who watch from the sidelines. With just a little creativity you can turn a potentially boring situation into wonderful bonding time for you and your child.

 

Walk, Run, and Play Into Fall!
Physical activity is beneficial for all ages. It makes everyone feel better, alleviates fatigue, helps our appetites, and along the way, you and your kids will share some good laughs.

 

Reading to the Kids
Early childhood experts and other professionals agree that reading to your child for at least 20 minutes each day is one of the most important things you can do for him or her.

 

Pack Your Own Lunchbox!
When kids pack their own lunches for school, parents can feel confident the meal will get eaten, not tossed. Let them have a say in the foods they want to eat.

 

Apple Picking Time
Apples grow in nearly every state, and since many are cultivated on small, local farms, pick-your-own apple orchards operate within easy driving distance of most metropolitan areas. These businesses welcome families on fall days.

 

Backpacking with the Kids

Hiking and camping with the kids is a wonderful activity that inspires family togetherness, is healthful and stimulating, and won't break the bank. At the end of the day, everyone will feel happily tired and contentedly connected.


 

End of Summer Beach Picnic
In many regions of the country, September has glorious, warm weather. Take advantage of these days with a weekend picnic at the beach or in the park. It's a lovely way to stretch the summer, as well as a way to enjoy your friends and family. This mea

 

Dive into the Deep Freeze
If your freezer is stocked with a stash of frozen treats, why wait for the jingle-jangle of the ice cream truck when the temperature soars?

 

Get Ready for Kids' Fall Sports!

As the summer winds down, young athletes from coast to coast begin to train for the fall season. Everyone agrees that team sports are terrific for children. They teach sportsmanship, cooperation amid competition, and how to have fun on the playing field.


 

5 Tips for Buying Back-To-School Clothes
Shopping early for school clothes will give you good choices and good value. Buy only what is needed now. Don't go overboard and wait until school starts to buy a few "special outfits."

 

Get Ready for Kids' Fall Sports!

As the summer winds down, young athletes from coast to coast begin to train for the fall season. Everyone agrees that team sports are terrific for children. They teach sportsmanship, cooperation amid competition, and how to have fun on the playing field.


 

Happy When We're Hiking!
Once you and the kids hit a hiking trail, the fun begins. If you are well prepared and have planned a sensible route, everyone will have a good time. Not even a few rain drops will dampen the enthusiasm.

 

Down on the Farm
Why not visit a farm with your kids? They will love getting outdoors, seeing the open land and the animals. And everyone will benefit from the experience.

 

10 of the Best Fruits to Feed Your Family

A lot of us skimp on fruits, although, along with vegetables, they are among the most healthful foods we can put in our mouths. Fruits are powerhouses of nutrients, in particular vitamin C, and are excellent sources of fiber.


 

Calling All Campers!

Mail call! If your child is at sleep-away camp, this is an important time of day. Camp may be the only time your kids give “snail mail” a second thought, but for these few summer weeks, the U.S. Postal Service plays a significant role in the lives of many children.


 

Summer is a Good Time for Books
Whether your children are assigned summer reading books by their schools or decide to explore some titles on their own, the long, lazy days of summer offer great opportunities to indulge in this lifelong pleasure.


 

A Day at the Beach
Is there a better way to enjoy the summer than to spend a fun-filled day at the beach? We can't think of one and so, pack plenty of cold drinks, sunscreen, hats, and water and sand toys and head for the shore! Packing for the Beach A reliable coole

 

Piñata Party
It's a fun, messy job to make a pi ata! But who cares about the mess when the kids have so much fun? Homemade pi atas are smaller and easier to open than most storebought ones - plus you and the kids can design your own fanciful animals and creations.

 

Outdoor Games for Kids' Parties
Sometimes old-fashioned, outdoor games are the best games for a group of kids looking for some wholesome fun.

 

You’re Invited to a Carnival!

Birthday parties at home are memorable ways to celebrate your child's birthday. Plan a themed party to make the day even more exciting and also more focused. How about a carnival? 


 

Pancakes with Syrup and Maybe Some Fruit
Whether your kids want to “help Mommy cook” or they are eager to learn how to make something they love to eat, pancakes are good place to start.

 

Take the Kids to the Zoo
A terrific destination that both kids and adults always enjoy is the zoo. Besides having a terrific time, your kids will learn about animals and their habitats. And so will you!

 

Homemade Ice Cream, an Old-Time Treat
It's the time of year to haul out the ice cream machine and churn a batch of cold, sweet, creamy ice cream. Not only is the finished product delicious, but the entire experience is one everyone enjoys. The afternoon turns into a party, with the culminating moment when the ice cream is churned.

 

Keep an Eye on These Magic Eyes
Making magic eyes is a familiar activity at club and scout meetings, around campfires at summer camps, and similar gatherings. The act of crafting them can be traced to Native Americans, who named similar shapes "magic eyes."

 

Thinking of Buying a Bike?
When you buy a bike for your kids or for yourself, find the style that fits your riding needs and make sure the bike is the right size for the rider.

 

Home Alone This Summer
If your kids are home alone for part of a day, whether it's an occasional situation or a regular one, there are things to bear in mind to make the experience safer and more comfortable for you and your children.

 

Time to Cut Back on Screen Time?

Parents instinctively know that too much time plunked in front of the television, computer, tablet or smart phone is not good for their kids. Is this really cause for parental concern?


 

Family Beach Day Survival
Packing up and heading to the beach is a favorite excursion for many families. With just a little planning, it’s easy to keep a beach day stress-free, fun and memorable. Here are five tips to incorporate into your beach-day planning.

 

Make Your Own Family Tree
Exploring the family's structure can be a great learning experience for even the youngest child. Older kids find it intriguing to uncover a family line. The Internet is a useful source for tracing family lines and hunting for clues. Libraries, too, o

 

Get Cooking with the Kids
Children love to cook and they love to spend time with you in the kitchen. Teaching them to cook is a win-win.

 

Pool Safety First
As wonderful as pools are, it's crucial that parents keep in mind that drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children under two years of age and for adolescents. But there is a lot you can do to safeguard against this.

 

Make a Sand Castle Kit for the Beach!
With a few simple household items, you're ready for a weekend at the beach building sand castles and other marvels in all shapes and sizes.

 

Painted Flower Pots for Spring Blooms
Regardless of the child's age or skill level, painting terra cotta flower pots is a lot of fun and an activity that becomes especially joyful as spring approaches.

 

Tissue Paper Flowers
Even young children can make these flowers. They can be a big as the youngster can handle and can boast every color of the rainbow.

 

Make Spring Cleaning Family Fun!
Spring is in the air and its time to tackle the damage that winter may have wrought on your home. Spring-cleaning need not consume days of your time, but it's not a one-person job, either. Delegate tasks to the entire family.

 

Why Is Physical Fitness Important for Kids?
Physical activity is important for kids, particularly now when so many of our children are overweight. The more your kids move, the better they will feel and the healthier they will be.

 

Easy Family Suppers
American home cooks are sold on fast, easy recipes. Magazines, television programs, and Web sites (including FamilyTime!) dedicate a good amount of space and time to providing them. We want meals that take no time. Many of us seem to want to avoid sp

 

Help for Overscheduled Kids!
If you sense your children are feeling the burden of too much structured time and not enough down time, think about pulling back from a few activities. Everyone will benefit.

 

Cold-Weather Family Hikes

Hiking through the woods and fields when the leaves have fallen and the grasses have turned brown is as thrilling as hiking in the warm weather. Vistas you haven’t noticed at other times of year open before your eyes – and wildlife is easier to spot. The kids will love getting out onto the trail and you’ll appreciate the exercise and activity. Plus, in cool or snowy weather there are far fewer day hikers to crowd scenic paths.


 

7 Ways to Choose a Summer Camp
Common wisdom dictates that you and your child choose a summer camp early. If you have not already done so, now is the time to sign up.

 

Keep Up the Good Work!
Regardless of how they are doing, it's never too late to make the most of the academic year and help kids excel. Some universal behaviors seem to offer the most benefit to the most students. We have identified five standouts.

 

A Delicious Family Valentine
Include the kids in the Valentine's Day celebration. What a great way to say "I love you!" to the whole family.

 

Tools to Keep Track of Kids’ Tech

There are growing numbers of social media sites kids use each day. While there isn’t a tool to keep tabs on all of them, there are many that help Mom and Dad monitor the most commonly used.

 


 

The Zoo in Winter
If you never made it to the zoo last summer, how about going now? School holidays or winter weekends are perfect times to make the trip.

 

Pumpkin Pie with Pizzazz
For most of us -- kids included -- Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie. Kids like the idea that the Halloween jack o' lantern has a role in the November holiday (although it comes already pureed and in a can!). Everyone loves the

 

After the Divorce
A number of American families face the realities of divorce, which means raising children when Mom and Dad live apart. For those who deal with this situation, communicating within the family is perhaps even more crucial than it is for intact families.

 

Grilled Cheese Please!
What's not to like in a grilled cheese sandwich? The sandwiches are simple to make and fun to eat -- here are few ideas to make them more adventurous. The Classic! The classic grilled cheese sandwich is made with two slices of white bread and America

 

Walk, Run, and Play Into Fall!
Physical activity is beneficial for all ages. It makes everyone feel better, alleviates fatigue, helps our appetites, and along the way, you and your kids will share some good laughs.

 

Helpful Tips for Kids Home Alone
These is no certain age when kids are old enough to be alone in the house. The decision is something you and your children will have to grapple with as they grow up. When it's  made, make sure your children feel confident that they can handle anything that comes up.

 

Show Time! Bring on the Sock Puppets

The very first time anyone puts a hand inside a sock, it is near impossible to keep it from talking, dancing, and posturing. Kids immediately grasp the promise of sock puppets. Fashioning these puppets is a terrific family activity, which can culminate in a rousing puppet show.


 

Backpacking with the Kids

Hiking and camping with the kids is a wonderful activity that inspires family togetherness, is healthful and stimulating, and won't break the bank. At the end of the day, everyone will feel happily tired and contentedly connected.


 

Finances and the Family
It's never too early to talk to your kids about money. The trick is to know how much and how often.

 

When the Grandkids Visit
Grandchildren are a blessing and a joy and most grandparents cherish the time they spend with them. Even if you live near your grandchildren, their solo visits are special times. To make them even more memorable, plan carefully for each one.

 

Summer Break for Mom

Many mothers arrange their work schedules so that they can be home with their children when school is not in session. This often means living without a paycheck for these months.


 

10 Ways to Have a Great Family Vacation
Whether you're planning a weekend get-away or a longer stay at a mountain or beach resort, if you're taking the kids, the vacation will be fun. It will be even better if you take advantage of our travel tips.

 

Structuring Your Child's Summer
Parents know that summer is a magical time for youngsters, but to insure your children experience that magic requires planning. Some structure is good. Too much is counterproductive and may result in stressed kids, rather than refreshed kids we all expect at August's end.

 

Road Tripping with Kids
Traveling with kids offers opportunities for some wonderful memories, but no one denies preparing the family for the road can be a daunting task. The best defense is a carefully crafted plan, which will help your family’s road adventure be an enjoyable one. Here are eight tips to turn you and your family into road warriors!

 

Brownies, Brownies!

Since most kids and their parents love a good brownie, why not make them “from scratch?” Scratch brownies are just about as easy as those from a boxed mix. Plus they taste better (not even a trace of “artificial flavors”). Best of all, an easy recipe for something as yummy as brownies fosters confidence in young bakers and teaches them some useful kitchen skills.


 

Let's Go Fly a Kite!

Kites come in all shapes and sizes. Some folks collect them; others make their own. Kite making is a satisfying craft and one that the kids and you can work on together.


 

Safe Surfing
Parents can do a lot to protect kids when they go online. Set rules but also enjoy the Internet with your kids.

 

Helping Kids Help Around the House
Chores help all children build self-esteem and a sense of responsibility. Here's how you can help your child learn to help you.

 

A Delicious Family Valentine
Include the kids in the Valentine's Day celebration. What a great way to say "I love you!" to the whole family.

 

Joyful New Year's Resolutions
Even if you think making resolutions on January 1 is a waste of time, you will probably feel the urge to do so. This year, be realistic and determine to have some fun. The economic picture may not be perfect, but this does not mean we should not appreciate life's joys.

 

Tools to Keep Track of Kids’ Tech

There are growing numbers of social media sites kids use each day. While there isn’t a tool to keep tabs on all of them, there are many that help Mom and Dad monitor the most commonly used.

 


 

When You Are a Soccer Mom
Whether your child is a superstar or a rank beginner on the soccer field, as a parent you are spending a lot of time standing on the sidelines. Make the most of those hours to insure your youngster has a great time. Know the game!


 

Pool Safety First
As wonderful as pools are, it's crucial that parents keep in mind that drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children under two years of age and for adolescents. But there is a lot you can do to safeguard against this.

 

A Visit to a Theme Park

Whether you plan a day at a local theme or amusement park, or a major vacation to Disney World, the trips should be fun and relaxing. A few tips will help the experience run smoothly. Spending a day enjoying the thrills and chills of a well run park is a great way to end the summer!


 

Home Alone This Summer
If your kids are home alone for part of a day, whether it's an occasional situation or a regular one, there are things to bear in mind to make the experience safer and more comfortable for you and your children.

 

Time to Cut Back on Screen Time?

Parents instinctively know that too much time plunked in front of the television, computer, tablet or smart phone is not good for their kids. Is this really cause for parental concern?


 

When You Are a Soccer Mom
Whether your child is a superstar or a rank beginner on the soccer field, as a parent you are spending a lot of time standing on the sidelines. Make the most of those hours to insure your youngster has a great time. Know the game!


 

Not That Again!
Trying to decide what to pack in our kids' lunch boxes is nearly as challenging as deciding what to have for dinner! Truth is, many kids love lunchtime because of the chance to trade up: "Trade you a bologna sandwich for pretzel sticks." What's a mother to do?

 

Snow Boarding: Get It Right!

If your child takes up snow boarding, there are a few things parents should keep in mind. With the right equipment, attention to safety, and an enthusiastic attitude, everyone will have a great time!


 

Bundle Up the Kids!

Make sure your kids are protected against the cold when they play outside. Layering helps, as does making sure they don't get overheated and consequently too cold.


 

Video Games for Christmas?
If you have school-age kids and teenagers, chances there will be at least one video game under the tree. Are they good or bad for kids? Recently, some experts have argued that video games are beneficial for kids. They help them develop problem-s

 

Christmas Stockings as Family Heirlooms
This year, rather than hanging assembly-line, store-bought stockings over the fireplace, give your children stockings they will treasure for their entire childhoods. They might even pass the stockings down to their own children.

 

Fight Hunger: Connect With Kid Power!
Kids love to help other kids. At no time is this more apparent than when we ask our children to help fight hunger, and childhood hunger in particular.

 

Thanks for the Memories
A scrapbook can be a huge, over-filled volume dedicated to the rough-and-tumble life of your growing family. Or it may be a small book focusing on a single event. It's important to remember that it differs from a photo album in that photographs often are secondary. What is important is the focus of the book and the personal touches your kids give it.

 

When the Grandkids Visit
Grandchildren are a blessing and a joy and most grandparents cherish the time they spend with them. Even if you live near your grandchildren, their solo visits are special times. To make them even more memorable, plan carefully for each one.

 

Fighting Hunger Is a Family Affair
Kids are amazingly empathetic and usually want to help when they learn about the problem of childhood hunger in America. They don’t like the idea of other kids being hungry any more than their parents do!

 

Earth Day’s Here!
Kids love Earth Day projects as much as anyone – they enjoy being out of doors in the mild weather, being physically active, and knowing that they are helping the community and the world.

 

Make Spring Cleaning Family Fun!
Spring is in the air and its time to tackle the damage that winter may have wrought on your home. Spring-cleaning need not consume days of your time, but it's not a one-person job, either. Delegate tasks to the entire family.

 

Let's Decorate Easter Baskets!
Transform simple, plain, inexpensive baskets into charming Easter baskets for children--or for the Easter bunny himself!

 

Home Alone

All parents face the question of when it's okay to leave kids home alone. You may be tempted to leave them when you have a party to attend, gifts to return, or just tending to real life, but are they comfortable with this arrangement?


 

Popcorn Balls!
Help kids form popcorn balls for fun during the holidays or just for a weekend treat. These are great to make over vacation when you and the kids are looking for something yummy to do!

 

Apple Picking Time
Apples grow in nearly every state, and since many are cultivated on small, local farms, pick-your-own apple orchards operate within easy driving distance of most metropolitan areas. These businesses welcome families on fall days.

 

Help for Homesick Kids
The idea of going to sleep-away camp is so exciting and alluring, many kids and their parents plunge into the experience without considering how to handle homesickness. Your child may take to camp without a care, but many more children experience the

 

Helping Kids Help Around the House
Chores help all children build self-esteem and a sense of responsibility. Here's how you can help your child learn to help you.

 

A Trip to Europe! Make Plans Now
While European travel may not be a bargain, Americans still are making plans to travel abroad. If you have been considering a trip, hesitate no longer. You'll have a great time! Advance planning is crucial, particularly if you plan to travel with you

 

When Your Child Has to Go to the Hospital
If your little one has to spend a night or more in the hospital, begin to prepare him or her ahead of time to allay some fears.

 

Popcorn Balls!
Help kids form popcorn balls for fun during the holidays or just for a weekend treat. These are great to make over vacation when you and the kids are looking for something yummy to do!

 

Pizza Night!

When you make pizza at home, you and your kids can design the pie to meet every taste. In the process, the kids learn some cooking skills and everyone gets a wholesome meal.


 

Carve a Great Pumpkin!
Glowing jack-o-lanterns are a favorite Halloween symbol. Whether they glimmer from a front porch or behind a front window, they beckon trick 'r treaters and welcome casual passersby with whimsy and warmth.

 

Seasonal Allergies and Kids
The culprit of seasonal allergies is pollen. Pollen is all around us from April to October each and every year. Tree pollens create issues in the spring, grasses in the middle of summer, and ragweed from late summer to early autumn.

 

Ice Cream! We All Scream for Ice Cream Sundaes!
Make-your-own-sundae parties and get-togethers are always big hits. With young and old because who doesn't like ice cream?

 

Good, Old-Fashioned Fun!

Games for sizeable numbers of players of all ages are great for summer picnics and other get-togethers. They have easy rules, minimal equipment, and - best of all! - do not require great skill. This means all ages and sizes are welcome. These games are just plain fun. What are you waiting for? Invite the neighborhood kids, cousins, or schoolmates over to play.


 

Spring Fever
It's close to impossible to keep the kids indoors on warm spring afternoons -- and few parents want to discourage outdoor play. Along with pickup ball games and tree climbing, kids love to jump on their skateboards, pull on their inline skates, or hop on their scooters. Make sure they are safe.

 

Are the Martial Arts for Your Child?
Studying the martial arts has everything to do with discipline, coordination, concentration, respect, and developing self-esteem. Additionally, enthusiasts say, because marital arts are taught year 'round, if your child develops an passion for the discipline, he can study 12 months a year, rather than be restricted to a sport's season.

 

Safe Surfing
Parents can do a lot to protect kids when they go online. Set rules but also enjoy the Internet with your kids.

 

Happy When We're Hiking!
Once you and the kids hit a hiking trail, the fun begins. If you are well prepared and have planned a sensible route, everyone will have a good time. Not even a few rain drops will dampen the enthusiasm.

 

Relief for Stressed-Out Moms

We all love our kids. Nothing is more satisfying than the time we spend with them, playing, singing, reading, snuggling. But let's face it. There are times when every mother feels overwhelmed.


 








 
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