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Mod Flower Collage IconsThis time of year has so many weather metaphors – March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, right before the April showers come blowing in. You might be dealing with nice warm southern temperatures, a rainy Northwest spring, or a snowstorm in the Rockies.

Creating kids who give back takes concentrated effort. Let’s face it—how often do we volunteer to the community or give of our time, money, or talents to help others? If we want to create kids who volunteer and serve their community, we need to provide them with a tangible example. Service and giving starts at home.

It’s hard to be a parent during the winter. By this point in the season, most of the methods you use to entertain your kids (and get them out of your hair for a minute) are starting to get stale – it’s too wet or cold to go outside, they’ve watched all their movies several times over, and they’ve just emptied the toy bins again. Read on for some fresh ideas to help combat your kids’ cabin fever.

L-2 Laptop Backpack by OgioIt’s the middle of January, and schools across America are starting new semesters. For younger kids, it’s time for report cards, while your older teenagers also return with new classes and new daily schedules.

By Elaine Pace

Keeping our family active during long, cold winters is a challenge.  The easiest activity is to reach for a DVD and zone out, but that is hardly helpful to our bodies. 

Get Moving With the Whole CrewIt’s tough for parents to stick with a fitness plan. With 12 years of parenthood under my belt (and some hanging over it), I’ve realized that our children’s plans tend to crowd out our own. Babies wake in the night leaving us exhausted before the day begins. And after work we’re rushing between piano lessons, soccer practice, and art class.

Family Table Topics Cube by Table TopicsChristmas is technically over, but the kids are still home through the New Year celebration. So what do we do with the time? Do your family traditions extend through the coming week or have they already come to an abrupt end?

Meaningful Holiday Celebrations For Your KidsIt has been almost 50 years since Charlie Brown first started his search for the true meaning of Christmas. Since then, the “gimme” spirit has gone well beyond the neon pink aluminum trees – for some kids, the holidays are little more than placing an order to Mom and Dad for gifts they want. In the end, though, as Charlie Brown found out, it’s not the lights and music that makes the holiday.

Pass it On Let’s face it. Sometimes it’s easier (and less work) to do things yourself than it is to encourage your children to help. But the holiday season is the perfect time to slow down and let the kids in on the preparation. It helps them develop a deeper appreciation for the season. And after all, isn’t appreciation what Thanksgiving is all about?

Interactive Chore Chart by EM TannerSometimes I find it ironic that I’m writing articles and blogs about living an organized family life. Perhaps, if you define it loosely enough, I fit the mold as an organized person, but that would be an incredibly generous description.