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The Family Gap Year

Could you drop everything and move abroad? They did.

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Mango, Avocado, Magic!

Watch this video with your kids, then whip up this yummy dish

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What Your Kids Need This Summer

Hint: It's practically free, and it's not what you think

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The Problem With Plastics

New research shows kids' diets are heavy with phthalates

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How to Be a Good Tooth Fairy

One mom reveals her secrets of the trade ...

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Conversation Unrated?

How to talk to your teens about pornography (yes, you need to)

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We're Totally Digging This!

7 epic sand castle vacations!

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Eat. Play. Stay.

Find your next adventure in our Northwest travel guide

Individual blueberry pies are a great treat for summer!

Healthy Kids Cook!

How to Make Blueberry Hand Pies

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Whitewater Wahoo!

From rip-roaring waves to gentle, sunny floats, rafting is the perfect family vacation that can please kids of many ages and adventurous parents. So strap on your life vest, we're here to guide you to some serious fun!

Frozen birthday party ideas

Brrrrrilliant! 'Frozen' Birthday Parties!

From icy blue punch to reindeer headgear, ice castle forts and Olaf cupcakes, this roundup of Frozen birthday treats, decorations and fun will have any little Disney fan cheering.

The top baby gear for newborns

Bring Home Baby, Simply

It might seem like you can't have a modern baby without hundreds of pieces of "critical" gear, and of course everyone has an opinion on what to buy for a newborn. Actually, you don't need much. Here are the 20 things you really need to settle in with your babe.

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Teenage Meltdowns

Being a teenager can feel like living inside a pressure cooker. The combined challenges of excelling in school, participating in extracurricular activities, putting in community service hours, working a part-time job (for some), negotiating relationships and managing hormonal changes could all be ingredients for disaster. Here's your step-by-step primer on cooling the situation down.

When coaches bully

When Coaches Bully

Sports coaches are supposed to be the ultimate role models for kids, helping them gain confidence, find their passion and learn the value of teamwork. But what happens when a coach becomes the bully? We have your tips for coaches who swear, yell, intimidate and even shove kids. Not OK!

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Are We Raising Moral Kids?

Researchers have figured out something about parents that we ourselves might not know or else not be willing to admit: While most of us say we highly value instilling moral concepts like kindness toward others and a sense of fairness in our children, in action and deed it appears we often put the conflicting values of personal happiness and achievement first. And our kids notice.