15 Ways to Help Kids Stay Connected With Their Grandparents (Near or Far)

Do your kids see their grandparents regularly?

Want to help them develop a special relationship with their grandparents?

There are many things you and your kids can do to encourage that connection, whether your kids’ grandparents live down the block or across the country.

In this article I’ll share ways you can help your kids stay connected with their grandparents.

Want to help kids stay connected with their grandparents? Near or far, make the most of precious time together with easy ideas to help them relate and bond.

Why Stay Connected With Grandparents?

Whether near or far, grandparents glue the generations together. Grandparents are a way to connect your kids to their family’s history. They’re also lots of fun!

Sam Levenson famously said, “The simplest toy, one which even the youngest child can operate, is called a grandparent.” How true that is.

As life gets ever faster, grandparents are often the perfect, though sometimes taken for granted, support system for families in these changing times.



How Saying Yes to Your Kids for a Day Will Rock Their World

Do your kids feel like you say no to them all the time?

Are you willing to take a risk?

Then it’s time for a Yes Day!

A Yes Day is when you let your kids call the shots and you get to say Yes! to (almost) everything.

In this article I’ll explain how to set up a Yes Day that everyone in the family will enjoy.

Tired of saying

Why Have a Yes Day?

It’s fun to say “yes” for a whole day. A Yes Day is a special day once a year when the answer to every question is “yes.” How often does that happen?

It’s fun for kids because they have to think about what they want and then make requests. And it’s fun for parents because, really, who likes to say “no” all the time?



How to Add Instant Music Fun to Any Family Activity

Do your kids like to listen to music?

Want to get your family dancing on a regular basis?

Gather up your family’s favorite songs for different occasions. It’s a simple way to serve up a big helping of instant music fun and energy.

Turn on the music. You and your family will have a blast!

In this article I’ll show you how to make a playlist of songs that are special to your family and I’ll share several fun, active ways to enjoy the music with your kids.

Create a custom playlist (or several) with your kids to amp up any event and make musical memories with special songs your family loves.

Why Set the Mood With Music?

There’s no better way to shake off the day and switch gears into family time than to blast your family’s favorite tunes.

When you make a playlist, you put all of your favorite songs together in one place and can combine songs to fit a mood, activity or person. Adding music you love to any activity is a great way to make family time even more fun or to make the most of the mundane.

Use music to have fun with your kids. You’ll be surprised by the instant burst of energy you get from it!



6 Family Traditions You Can Start With Your Kids

Are you a tradition-loving parent?

Wondering how to celebrate everyday life, and not just the big moments?

Create some new family traditions.

In this article I’ll share how you can start traditions, based on ‘The Book of New Family Traditions,’ by Meg Cox.

The book shows that traditions aren’t just about celebrating big occasions like Christmas and Thanksgiving, but also about everyday life and the daily rituals that make life fun, meaningful, and rich!

Start new family traditions that can create lasting memories to celebrate the everyday with rituals that make life fun, meaningful, and rich.

Why Practice Family Traditions?

Family traditions are things that families do together. In a busy society where everyone is bombarded with all sorts of activities and distractions, traditions offer a sense of belonging and identity to every member of the family.

Children raised with family traditions—especially those who have watched their parents invent new ones—learn that they can respond to life in active, creative and extremely personal ways. They grow to be resilient, confident that they are loved, and knowing how to express love to others.

In The Book of New Family Traditions, Cox highlights several non-traditional, everyday opportunities to create new traditions with your family. I’ll share my favorites, below.

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4 Secrets of Happy Families and How You Can Apply Them

Do you wonder what the secret sauce is that holds happy families together?

What do they do right, and how can you learn to make your family happier?

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,”  said the great Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy in his book Anna Karenina.

Was he right? Do all happy families have certain things in common?

In this article I’ll share four practices that can draw your family closer and make everyone in your home happier, summarized from more than 200 ideas found in The Secrets of Happy Families, by Bruce Feiler.

Four ways to draw your family closer and make everyone in your home happier, summarized from 'The Secrets of Happy Families' by Bruce Feiler.

Why Is a Happy Family Important?

Over the last fifty years, families have changed drastically. We have blended families, adoptive families, divorced families, single-parent families, two-parent families, gay-parent families, family members with different faiths and some with none at all.

But no matter what kind of family you belong to, your family is key to your overall happiness and well-being.

In fact, studies prove that the number-one predictor of life satisfaction comes from spending time with people you care about and who care about you.



How to Fish: Teach Your Kids Fishing in 9 Easy Steps

Do you love natural settings in the great outdoors?

Want to teach your children to appreciate nature (even if you live in the city)?

Grab a pole and some bait, head to the water and take them fishing!

In this article, I’ll show you how to teach your kids how to fish, even if you’ve never done it yourself.

Grab a pole and some bait, head to the water and teach your kids how to fish, even if you've never done it yourself.

We’ll focus on fishing for catfish, but the concepts can be applied to whatever fish are prevalent in your part of the world.

Why Go Fishing With Your Kids?

Fishing is one of humankind’s oldest pastimes. It’s easy to learn, easy to teach your children and doesn’t have to involve lots of expensive equipment. It’s also a great opportunity to teach kids about aquatic ecosystems in a way that builds great memories.



How to Make Coffee Filter Snowflakes for an Indoor Snow Adventure

Do your kids love snow?

Looking for an indoor wintertime activity that brings out the inner artist in your kids?

Make your own snowflakes and take your family on an indoor snow adventure!

You won’t need mittens or boots to fill your house with unique snowflakes—just coffee filters and a pair of scissors.

In this article I’ll show you how to create both simple and complex snowflake designs from coffee filters. Keep reading to learn why you and your children will be eager to cut out a blizzard of snowflakes!

How to create both simple and complex snowflake designs from coffee filters--you and your children will be eager to cut out a blizzard of snowflakes!

Why Make Coffee Filter Snowflakes?

Ah, the first snowfall. Kids can’t wait to get out in that fresh snow and make their marks. But when snow angels, snowballs, snow forts and snowmen lose their luster and the temperature is 5 below BRRRR, what’s next on the winter adventure list?

Ditch the frozen temps and wet gloves to spend an afternoon inside. Don’t worry. We’re not suggesting you settle in for an afternoon of “I’m bored!” or “What can I do?” We’ve all had quite enough of that, thank you very much.

Just because you’re inside doesn’t mean you can’t pretend to be outside. Ask your kids how they’d bring the outside in. What would they do if they could make it snow inside?



How to Make Door Decorations for a Valentine Surprise

Do your kids like things that are larger than life?

Want to share a sentiment so special it won’t fit on an ordinary card?

Show your valentine how much you “a-DOOR” him or her with a holiday surprise that starts the day with a smile–make amazing door decorations.

In this article I’ll show you how to transform an ordinary door into a doorway of love—a life-sized valentine card that makes someone feel special every time he or she passes the threshold. And I’ll share some really special doors that we found around the web.

How to decorate a door with your kids and transform it into a doorway of love—a life-sized valentine card to make someone feel special in a big way. With Free Printable.

Why Make a Doorway of Love?

Decorating a door is an easy way to make a big impact on someone’s Valentine’s Day. It’s also a great way to help your kids express their love for someone and teach them that kindness, giving and thinking of others doesn’t have to cost a lot.

Imagine arriving at work in the morning and finding your door covered in compliments, good wishes and colorful decorations—just for you. What a way to start the day and keep a smile on your face for hours!

Now imagine how it would feel to give someone else that sense of joy. You and your kids can do just that when you make a doorway of love.



5 Daddy Date and Mommy Date Ideas for Quality Time With Each of Your Kids

Are your kids shouting over their siblings, clamoring for your undivided attention?

Do they crave a little one-on-one fun time with you?

Time to schedule a daddy date or mommy date with your child!

We asked top parenting bloggers about their best ideas for spending individual time with your children.

In this article, I’ll share five ideas for planning special “dates” with your kids and a few tips to help you make room in your schedule.

Five ideas for planning special one-on-one

Why Take Your Kid on a Date?

Your kids crave alone-time with you. It makes them feel special to have you all to themselves.

You know how important it is—and you love it too—but it can be hard to find the time!

What with work, school, homework and activities, how does a busy parent do it? And if you can find the time, how do you shake things up a little?

We had the same questions, so we asked some busy parenting bloggers to share their tips on making time and finding the right activities.



How to Create a Valentine Heart Garland Craft With Your Kids

Looking for a way to brighten someone’s heart or to celebrate the holiday of love with your family?

Want to show your kids that Valentine’s Day is about caring for others—not about gifts and candy?

Spread the joy of Valentine’s Day with a colorful heart garland to decorate a special celebration.

It’s easy to make with your family, and is a great way to show your kids that you don’t have to go on a spending spree to say, “I love you.”

In this article I’ll explain how to make a 3-D valentine heart garland to decorate for a special meal to show your kids how to express their love through some crafting fun.

Make a 3-D valentine heart garland to decorate for a special valentine meal to show your kids how to express love through crafting fun.

Why Make a Heart Garland?

Valentine’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to show appreciation for people you love—and I think as parents, celebrating Valentine’s Day with your kids is as sweet as it gets.

These days, we’re bombarded with commercial messages from dawn till dusk insisting that love is always a heart-shaped box of candy or an expensive night on the town. It’s a tough message to escape. And school celebrations are all about the sugar…

An hour or two crafting with your kids followed by a shared family meal is a marvelous way to spend a few hours together and help your children put Valentine’s Day in perspective.


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