FAMILY BONDING

Family bonding happens naturally, but it can also be strengthened with just a bit of effort. Communication and group activities can help your family bond. In this section you'll find information and tips for strengthening your family's ties.
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How to Bond with Tweens Who Think You're Uncool

Since birth, you've been the chef, chauffeur, banker, educator and playmate. But now that your child is a tween, you're terribly uncool. That may sting a little, but don't worry. It won't last forever, and you still need to maintain that bond.

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  • "How was your day?" -- How Not to Talk to Your Tween
    "How was your day?" -- How Not to Talk to Your Tween

    You know how it is with tweens: One random remark can shut them down for good, and suddenly you're standing in an empty room. What are you doing wrong? See more »

  • 10 Family Bonding Activities
    10 Family Bonding Activities

    Juggling work, after school activities and house maintenance can leave you feeling drained. But you've got to make time for fun if you want to stay connected with your family. Here are 10 creative, low-cost ways to bond with your loved ones. See more »

  • 10 Kid-friendly Places to Volunteer
    10 Kid-friendly Places to Volunteer

    Volunteering is an excellent way to give back to the community and help others less fortunate than you. Learn about some of the best ways to make volunteering a family affair, from tiny tykes on up, by reading this article. See more »

  • 10 Small Volunteer Acts You Can Teach Your Child Now
    10 Small Volunteer Acts You Can Teach Your Child Now

    Parents want to instill character and compassion in their children, but how can they teach kids such values when they're so busy themselves? Here are 10 simple volunteer acts that will help make them better people. See more »

  • 10 Tips for Father and Son Bonding
    10 Tips for Father and Son Bonding

    You're his hero, role model and protector. But you also want to show him that you're a guy just like he is. Spending time with your son doing silly or serious things will bring you closer together. Here are 10 tips to get you started. See more »

  • 10 Ways to Change your Loser Parent Image
    10 Ways to Change your Loser Parent Image

    Is it the high-waisted jeans? The minivan? The way you talk to their friends? Something you wear, drive or do is making your kids think you're a total loser. We know better, and we'll help you update your image so they'll be proud of their cool mom. See more »

  • 10 Ways You Might Be Embarrassing Your Tween
    10 Ways You Might Be Embarrassing Your Tween

    Just last year you were best friends. Now she walks three paces ahead of you in the mall. This is typical of tweens but there might be things you are doing that are exacerbating her embarrassment. We'll look at 10. See more »

  • 5 Bonding Tips for Adoptive Parents
    5 Bonding Tips for Adoptive Parents

    Adopting a child can be one of the most important things you do in your lifetime, but it's imperative that you develop a bond that will last a lifetime. Make your adopted child a part of the family with these five tips. See more »

  • 5 Cool Personal Things You Should Tell Your Tween
    5 Cool Personal Things You Should Tell Your Tween

    One of the biggest obstacles when it comes to parenting tweens is getting them to open up and talk to you. Start the conversation by telling your tween something about yourself. See more »

  • 5 Father-Son Bonding Activities
    5 Father-Son Bonding Activities

    Forge a lifelong bond with your son by planning fun, age-appropriate activities with him now. Let your bud know he's No. 1 by carving out time from your schedule to prioritize him. Here are five great activities to start with. See more »

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