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Who wants a test in the summer? Trust us, you do! Because with this quiz, when you find the answer, the fun is only just beginning. Read more >>

By: Tricia Cornell

Chances are, your five-year-old probably isn't clamoring for broccoli. But if your kid surprises you and asks for seconds of zucchini--as long as you’ve got the zucchini on the table in the first place, you’re doing okay in my book.Read more >>

By: Tricia Cornell

When my family hits the road — in the summer and during the winter holidays — we often find ourselves staying with extended family. As much as I enjoy the extra together-time, I also find it draining. I spend nearly every minute on high alert: Are we in the way? Are my kids behaving? Are we helping out enough? Too much? Have we overstayed our welcome? I’m sure my anxiety makes me less than pleasant to be around. And I know it causes tension within my nuclear family. Read more >>

By: Marie Williams

By now we’ve all seen the stories on television or online, of parents using novel and very public approaches to discipline their teens and teach them important life lessons. Often, it involves exposing a mistake or lapse in judgment in a very humiliating way... it strikes me as mean-spirited, emotion- focused rather than solution-oriented, and harmful on a number of levels. Read more >>

By: Tricia Cornell

We shouldn’t let opportunities for fun pass us by just because they’re not on the calendar. The secret to a great summer is to mix one part planning with one part serendipity. Here are some ideas for fitting a little of both into your summer.


By: Michele Timmons

Chores are a necessary evil, so how do we get kids and teens to do them without turning into “little devils”? Here are some of my own strategies. Read more >

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By: Susan Ragsdale

This Independence Day, families across the U.S. will be on holiday and celebrating with cook-outs, baseball games, waving of flags, family reunions, all types of outdoor fun, and fireworks. To help get your family fired up to celebrate the day with a little more “oomph,” I thought a mock interview with historical figure Betsy Ross might shed some light on why the 4th is such a memorable moment in our family history as a country.

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By: Tricia Cornell

I think a lot of parents my age can relate to this: When I was a young teenager — too old for a babysitter, too young for a job — “summer camp” meant a list of chores left on the kitchen table and a reminder to defrost the chicken in time for dinner.

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By: Jennifer Griffin-Wiesner

I always tell my kids to eat food as close to its natural state as possible. It’s not just a cop-out so that I don’t have to get creative in the kitchen; it’s my way of simplifying what can at times seem like a complicated, overwhelming topic. It’s cutting through the myriad of messages about glycemic index and anti-inflammatories and free radicals and so on, and getting at what’s simple and solid: whole foods are better for our bodies than processed ones. Read more >