The Family Channel

Parents play an integral role in the molding of children into adults, and a poor relationship with one or both parents can result in long-term emotional baggage. Sometimes it's not that the child's relationship with the parent is bad; it's just that the parent isn't there at all. Here are three ways you can help your children deal with an absent ...

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Getting ready to send your little one off to school? Whether for a couple hours each week or full time classes, it can be a big change for your child - and you! I asked parents to see what books got their kids excited about heading to school. Here are their favorites. All are great stories to read and provide a perfect chance to stock up on ...

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I love the first day back to school. Not to get rid of my children, of course, haha, no mother thinks that way, but just because it always evokes fun memories for me. There's something so fresh and new and exciting about the first day back. The new pencils, the shiny notebooks just waiting to be filled, the backpacks hanging with fresh purpose. ...

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Coloring books are all the rage right now and I would be lying if I didn't say I wasn't a teensy bit in love with it. There are not a lot of "kid" things I get excited about as a parent, but coloring and looking through my girls' American Girl catalogues are definitely right up there. Plopping down on the floor with the kiddos after a long day ...

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While I love the sight of my girls dressing up like princesses and using their imaginations for fairy-tales, I also admit that I hope that they can dream of being something more than a woman who looks pretty and waits for a prince in order to start her real life. And apparently, I'm not alone in that. ...

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Social media can be wonderful for parents. It lets you share pictures of your little one’s with friends and family members who don’t live close, it can help you connect with other parents like you, and it can be a valuable resource when you have a question you need answered. Despite all the good, it can also make you feel a little bit guilty ...

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Summer travel is in full swing and families everywhere are getting ready to load up the kids and hit the road to wonderful destinations by plane, train, and automobile. Before hitting the road, you'll need to pack a few bags for your family and make other preparations, like accounting for snacks and entertainment, which can be overwhelming and ...

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When summer rolls around many parents like to head outside and enjoy the sunshine with their little ones. Splash pads, swimming pools, and playgrounds are all favorite summer activities but, when you want to stick closer to home, gardening can be a fantastic parent-child activity. When you set out to enjoy an afternoon gardening with your tot, ...

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We're frequent Disney visitors. My kids have been making trips to the mouse since they were still touring the park on the inside (of my belly). The great thing about doing Disney with the super-young set is that they aren't an added expense - but can be added fun! There are many great pluses in the parks for parents with babies on board. ...

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We've all heard it: "In my day, my parents told me to go out and not come back until sundown." Or, "We were expected to make our own fun, not to stay with our parents all day." In today's climate, it's frowned upon if kids are given too much freedom. ...

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