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10 Dinnertime Conversation Starters
Tired of the monosyllabic grunts? Spin this handy cutout wheel for a question guaranteed to perk up your table talk.

3 Fun Indoor-Activities for Kids
Each requires a little food coloring, a lot of enthusiasm, and not much hand-eye coordination.

Quick Cures for Kids’ Illnesses
Follow these tips for treating the most common conditions.

9 Things to Consider Before Hiring a Babysitter
Not just anyone can―or should―take care of your kids. Here's how to find someone you and your family will love.

The Ultimate Family Contact Sheet
A quick reference of important information.

Family Fun

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14 Budget-Friendly Birthday Party Ideas for Kids 
These three parties (with throw-it-together themes) are big fun for the 10-and-under set.  

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The Best New Family-Friendly Games
Game night is a fun and affordable way to spend time with your kids. These novel alternatives to the classics will get everyone on board.

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A Family Reunion Planner
Thinking about organizing a get-together with your clan? Here’s how to do it so everyone has fun—and stays happy.

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Family Food

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6 Fun, Dippable Kids’ Meals
Tired of eat-this-or-else battles? Six dunk-and-munch combos make healthy food fun.

Cooking for Picky Eaters
Brook Easton's 14-by-3 foot kitchen (and her sons' similarly-stunted palates) can make dinnertime a challenge. Real Simple offers solutions to both issues.

9 Recipes Kids Can Make
Hand that apron over to the little ones, and let them give it a go in the kitchen.

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Raising Kids

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How to Handle Changes in Your Child’s Behavior
If your child’s behavior has changed recently, try these strategies to get him back on track.

Doctors’ Tips for Keeping Kids Healthy
What experts wish parents knew about teeth-brushing, vaccines, and more.

Creative Storage Solutions for the Kids’ Room
Tame the clutter with these 15 cheerful and affordable organizing picks.

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Family Relationships

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Solutions for 10 Difficult Sibling Scenarios
Use these tactics to turn sibling rivalry into sibling revelry.

Break Out of Relationship Ruts
Do the same problems crop up over and over? Try these expert solutions.

How to Stay in Touch With Loved Ones
Try these creative ways to remain close to far-flung friends, lovers, and family.

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