1. Launch a New, Annual Family Tradition for Summer

    Family PortraitSummer is a great time for families to build new traditions. Your family may already have favorite traditions such as birthday and holiday celebrations and so the idea of starting a new tradition may seem daunting. No worries. All you need to do to launch a new tradition is start an activity that can include the whole family. If everyone has a good time, find out why and then make plans to repeat the activity next year.

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    Categories: Parenting Tips
  2. Budget-Friendly Activities for Father’s Day

    Family Playing CardsTight budgets can keep the reins on family entertainment and activities, but you don’t have to shell out a lot of money to have fun with dad. Dads love just about anything that involves having their family around. Just use your imagination and keep in mind dad’s interests and energy level when deciding which Father’s Day activities to pursue.

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    Categories: Saving Money
  3. Four Family-Centered Activities to Celebrate Mother’s Day

    mother-and-son-outsideThe heart of Mother’s Day is family togetherness. This makes it all-important to find an activity that the whole family can enjoy, while making mom the focus. So what’s the best way to accomplish both? Take the group outside to work on a project that will honor mom – and Mother Nature.

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    Categories: Living Green
  4. Outdoor Activities for Families

    Family Hiking OutsidePerhaps you remember playing outside all day – building forts, making up games, and exploring the backyard or neighborhood park with your friends – until you were called in for dinner. During the last 20 years, what used to be a childhood reality has changed. Today’s children spend less than half as much time playing outdoors as they used to. That boils down to less than 10 minutes per day during the week and less than 30 minutes on weekends, according to research from the University of Michigan.

    It seems as if outdoor play time may have been overtaken by indoor screen time. The average child spends more than seven hours a day using electronic devices such as TVs, smart phones and computers. It’s time to take the family back outside. Here are five great ways to do it:

  5. Four Valentine’s Day Reminders for Making Your Family Feel Loved

    Mother Hugging DaughterFor many people, family is one of the most important aspects of life. Whether or not you count yourself among those people – when your daily routine gets hectic, you may not make the time to show it. Fortunately, Valentine’s Day is a yearly reminder to stop and set aside time to tell those we love exactly how we feel. Here are four ways you can do just that.

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