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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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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.

By Alia Hoyt

If you have a tween in the house between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6, you might be awfully tired of the phrase "I'm bored." So how can you keep your tween busy and maybe even bringing in a little pin money?

By Julia Layton

Even in these days of equality, the majority of household work is still done by women, even if they also work outside the home. But there are many ways to get your spouse or partner to help out more. He may even get to enjoy it.

By Laurie L. Dove

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Coping with bullying is difficult, and it's not about fighting back or sucking it up. What are five ways a parent (or any adult) can intervene to help a bullying victim find a way out, or at least a way through, this type of peer abuse?

By Julia Layton

To deal with cyberbullying, you have to know whether or not it's occurring. But if you suspect that your teen is being hounded by harassing text messages, chat room rumors and embarrassing e-mail blasts, there are steps you can take to help.

By Jessika Toothman

No offence to June Cleaver, but '50s portrayals of motherhood are not, how shall we say, spot-on. Today, we're more likely to see films like "Stepmom": poignant, conflict-filled and often funny accounts of the joys and heartaches of being a mother.

By Julia Layton

Life is busy, but if you find yourself abandoning the things you love most just so you can tear through that to-do list, it might be a sign you've take on too much. What are 10 signs that you're doing more than you can handle?

By Jessika Toothman

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Today's bullying goes far beyond pulling pigtails. Even with the passage of anti-bullying laws, bullying is out of control, sometimes even with fatal results. How should you talk to the school if your child is a target?

By Denise Harrison

The cinematic adventures of adorable newborns can provide hours of entertainment, even though none of the babies on screen are as cute as your own. These are 10 of our favorite movies about newborns.

By Susan Cassidy

Once your baby arrives, you may be hoping to escape the office and stay home with your little one. But how do you know if you can afford not to go back to work once your maternity leave is over?

By Beth Brindle

The decision to return to work after having a child can be agonizing for many women, but is staying home the right option for you? How do you know what's best for you and your family?

By Beth Brindle

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Growing your family with a surrogate's help is a wonderful, if expensive, option for couples today. But finding the right person can be tricky. Here are five tough questions to help you decide if surrogacy's right for you.

By Emilie Sennebogen

The transition from middle school to high school marks a pretty exciting time in a child's — and a parent's — life. But it can be scary, too. Discover 10 differences between middle school and high school.

By Alison Cooper

Deciding between a condo in the city and a home in the suburbs is complicated when you have a family. You have to consider everything from diversity to cost of living. We'll help you navigate the differing landscapes to find a place to settle down.

By Emilie Sennebogen

This isn't "Little House on the Prairie," so why did you only register for receiving blankets? Today's kids will never know what life was like before iPods and Twitter, so get them acclimated to our high-tech society while they're still in the womb.

By Chris Obenschain

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We pass-on what we prize. So what heirlooms do we value most? Here's our Top 10.

By Sara Elliott

Deciding how to hand down sentimental treasures can be tricky business, but it doesn't have to be. How can planning ahead and talking to family make the passing down process go smoothly?

By Laurie L. Dove

It's not uncommon to inherit your grandmother's pearls, but what all if you really want are all the sky miles she's accumulated -- or her sense of justice? People don't frequently will these five intangible and unusual things, but they really should!

By Oisin Curran

Heirlooms are intended to honor family and tradition. But there's no honor in having a family squabble over material objects after the death of a loved one. Here are 5 tips aimed at preserving peace and the family legacy.

By Emilie Sennebogen

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"Son, someday, these mummified remains will be yours." It's not something you hear every day. Most people end up with Grandpa's pocket watch, a set of china or a ruby brooch from the roaring '20s. What are five of the strangest family heirlooms?

By Julia Layton

Vintage jewelry has character and style, but it's also, well, old. Here are some ways to update a well-worn piece while preserving its charm.

By Sara Elliott

If you're a reader, or if you just like books, there's money and a treasure trove of historical significance in old tomes. But how do you keep them in top condition?

By Sara Elliott

When you stumble across a treasure trove of old home movies, your first instinct might be to watch them right away -- or have them converted immediately into DVDs. But wait, you could be causing irreparable damage.

By Alison Cooper

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One man's trash is another man's heirloom, so it makes sense to put some thought into the way you split your estate. How do you decide who gets what, and how do you make sure your wishes are carried out?

By Julia Layton

Families everywhere have heirlooms they treasure, but sometimes people decide to give a precious piece of their history to a museum. What should you do if you want a family heirloom preserved for generations to see?

By Heather Kolich