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Families come in all shapes and sizes and we know sometimes, you need a little help. Get all the tips and advice you'll ever need or want to know right here on starting, raising and nurturing your clan.

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You definitely don't want your kids to smoke, and you doubt they will. But, while many parents share this optimism, 400,000 youth become daily smokers each year in the United States according to the Campaign for Tobacco-free Kids. Here's how to avoid contributing to those numbers.

By Jodie Schneider

Teen obesity leads to both physical and emotional challenges. Learn about teen obesity in this article.

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Single fathers need to make sure their daughters have all the information they need about puberty. Learn how single fathers can help girls get through puberty in this article.

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Many people order their custom-made shirts online, which requires you to know how to measure your chest accurately. This article will tell you how to measure your chest for shirts.

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Our young children depend on us and need us, and so do our teens, but in a different way. Find out how your relationship with your teen can change during adolescence in this article.

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The variety of drugs used by teens can be wide. Learn about the drugs used by teenagers in 2011 in this article.

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Adulthood can sometimes be as challenging and confusing as adolescence -- for both the kids and parents -- so how do you steer your grown children in the right direction? Read our article to find out.

By Alison Cooper

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You guided them through diapers and their teen years, but keeping up with your children now that they've left the nest is tough. How can you maintain touch with your grown kids?

By Bambi Turner

Ah, the golden years. Retirement is here -- or looming in the not-so-distant future -- and you're loving the peace and quiet of an empty nest. Then, your adult son or daughter asks to move in. How can you make this as smooth a transition as possible?

By Chris Obenschain

Still buying your adult children's groceries, helping with their cell phone bills and car insurance and providing a roof over their heads? So when it comes to tax time, shouldn't you be able to claim them as a dependent?

By Beth Brindle

Your little boy is all grown up now, but do you still find yourself telling him what to do, like you did when he was 3? Read on to learn how to guide your adult children without being controlling.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

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As children grow into adults and begin to have families of their own, parents have to adapt to their revised roles in their adult kids' lives, and changing the way Moms and Dads communicate with their grown kids is a big part of that. Here's how to talk with -- not at -- your adult children.

By Alison Cooper

Parenting doesn't get easier once your children leave home. For one thing, you can't say things like, "If you're living under my roof, you've got to obey the rules." How do you get your children to take your advice on nutrition and other matters without being bossy?

By Linda C. Brinson

It's pretty common for Mom and Dad to occasionally help out their grown kids. But mooching a meal here and there is a far cry from being financially supported by their parents. Here's how to tackle the issue of grown kids taking advantage of parents.

By Heather Kolich

Some moms like to joke that they've been planning their daughters' weddings since the day they were born. Maybe they're on to something? We'll help you gain some perspective on wedding planning -- it's not all rose petals and table linens!

By Jessica Willis

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According to tradition, the bride's family foots the bill for the wedding. Other than planning the rehearsal dinner, the groom's parents don't have to sweat the details, right? Not exactly. You can help prepare your son for marriage by checking these five items off your list.

By Chris Obenschain

College graduation came and went, but somehow your child's career path led him right back to your house. Not for long. Help him launch his career and save your sanity.

By Beth Brindle

Teaching teens how to drive can be a nerve-wracking experience, but it's important to stay calm and engaged throughout each lesson. What one-offs will make your teen cringe with shame, and which of your own driving habits can set the wrong example?

By Jessika Toothman

Teens yearn for independence. Learn about whether a teen can be financially independent in this article.

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It's a complicated topic, but you probably have solutions for dealing with both overweight and underweight teens. Learn how to help your teen with weight issues in this article.

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Model respectful behavior, speak calmly and quietly, and call the police if your teen becomes violent. Learn how to control your temper when arguing with your teen from this article.

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Try to give teens privacy, teach them tolerance and compromise, and practice good communication techniques. Learn how to get teenage step-siblings to get along from this article.

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Involve your teen in the decision-making process and set a good example of making healthy choices. Learn how to give your teen choices from this article.

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Trust is earned – it doesn't come automatically. Learn how teens deal with overprotective parents in this article.

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Teens grow at different rates. Learn how to know if your teen is too skinny in this article.

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