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.


Every kid dreams of having the ultimate play fort. Here are 10 you can build for your child to make those dreams come true.

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.

Tired of the same old beach and theme park vacations? Perhaps it's time to change things up with a more civic-minded trip!

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.

Stepfamilies are complex and challenging, even in the best of circumstances. Learn how to bring communication into the picture with stepfamilies in this article.

Sisters have a reputation as being as tight as two people can possibly be. They also have a reputation as having a competitive streak a mile long. So, what happens to sisters when fame is involved? Why, fabulosity, of course.

What happened to your sweet little child? Who replaced your sunny kid with the sullen, sarcastic tween you've got now? Don't despair -- there's a reason for all the attitude, and several easy ways to deal with it.

You want to have pleasurable time together, but forced family fun is a bummer for everyone involved. How can you bring your favorite people together without resorting to coercion or threats of violence? We have some suggestions.

Your tween is changing right before your eyes. But unbridled and undirected growth can be a dangerous thing. Here's how to balance a tween's need for freedom with your desire to keep her safe and healthy

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.

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.

Having trouble interpreting your tween's slang? You risk losing face by asking him what he means by poppins or tope. We'll help you decode his secret tween language so you can keep your cool points and improve communication.

Suddenly, everything you used to enjoy together is lame. Your usually sweet kid disses you privately and publicly. Welcome to the tween years.

Blending families isn't an easy task, and when your stepkids are older, getting to know them and earning their trust can be twice as tough. Whether it's joining your stepkid for TV time or taking her to the mall, here are five bonding tips that will work for you.

Kids love video games. Technology doesn't have to be isolating; in fact, having some virtual fun can help you bond with your children. So, pick up a controller and start the gaming and bonding process!

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.

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?

Most tweens will tell you it's impossible for them to ever think of parents as cool. But the truth is many kids actually do think their parents are pretty cool. How do you win cool points with your tween?

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.

Just as kids need to learn to entertain themselves sometimes, they also need to learn how to fare with a group of people, sometimes a large group. This will help them in school, in sports and in their careers later in life.

The life of a child is both precious and fleeting. Children grow up so fast, and many times, you just don't know where the time went. Make your daughter a priority with some quality time, and you'll know you didn't miss a thing.

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.

The development of a child is a very tricky thing, and there are so many factors that play into it. But if you don't take the time to bond with your infant right away, it could be disastrous when they're older.

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.

When was the last time you planned an excursion or even just curled up on the couch with a book and a blanket to bond with your daughter? The mother-daughter relationship is like any other: It has to be nurtured in order to grow.

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