Teaching kids about responsibility doesn't have to be a chore. Here, expert-approved ways to have fun -- and teach them a thing or two.

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Helping with Lunch

How Kids Can Help Make Lunch

Get the kids involved with making their lunch -- you'll save time and teach them important skills.

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Let's Do Lunch

9 yummy sandwich ideas that go way beyond baloney.

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Stress-Proof Your Morning

Tips to avoid the morning mayhem -- and save time all day long.

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8 Power Snacks

These energy-boosting snacks are kid-friendly and healthy -- perfect for after school!

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Cleanup Time

How Kids Can Help Clean

Kids can help with simple cleanup tasks -- which not only lightens your load, but also lets you spend more time together.

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De-Germ Your Home

Keep your family healthy and the house clean by going after these germ hot spots.

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When Lovey Needs a Bath

Sometimes your child's cherished blanket or stuffed animal gets gross.

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10 Green Cleaning Tips

Find natural ways to make your house sparkle.

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Family Philanthropy

Volunteer as a Family

Involving your child in charity will help the community and teach her an important lesson -- and it lets you spend more time together.

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10 Organizations for On-the-Go Families

You can still make a difference (and teach your kids valuable lessons) even if you don't have tons of spare time. These 10 organizations cater to on-the-go families with fun kid-friendly programs.

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Activity: Hold a Lemonade Stand for Charity

Help your kids make and sell lemonade and treats and then donate the proceeds to charity!

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9 Ways to Teach Your Kids about Giving

Discover easy ways you can show your children how to give to others.

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Are You Choosing the Right Chores?

Find age-appropriate ways your kids can help out around the house.

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Must-Have Car Organization Gear

Check out the gear that will put an end to car clutter.

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Next Up: Organizing the Garage

Make room for the cars and corral the clutter to keep the garage a family-safe place.

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Birthday Party Planning Together

Here are fun ways that kids can get involved in planning their own parties.

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Birthday Parties Made Easy

Our birthday party planning tool will help you plan the ultimate bash.

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Birthday Cake Bonanza!

From a Barbie cake to a volcano that really works, we've got some super-cool cake ideas.

Let's Do Laundry

Find out fun ways kids as young as 5 can help you tackle that pile of laundry.

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4 Laundry Room Safety Musts

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Keep Clothes Neater! 9 Easy Storage Solutions

Check out some cool products that get your kid psyched to put her stuff away.

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Hamper Time!

Have trouble getting your child to put her dirty clothes in the hamper? Our tips will help make it happen.

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Recycle It

Kids & Recycling: They Can Help!

It's easy to have your family "go green" -- start with the recycling.

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Make It: Toilet Paper Tube Flowers

Have fun with another way to recycle -- by turning old TP tubes into festive flowers.

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28 Ways to Go Green

Making small changes in your life can mean BIG difference for the environment.

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Create an Eco-Friendly Nursery

Surround your baby with these natural, eco-friendly, and modern finds.

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Setting the Table

Are your kids ready to take on this chore?

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Printable Table-Setting Place Mats

These make for a fun coloring project that also teaches table-setting skills.

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Make Family Dinners a Must

Kids who eat with their families develop the best eating habits later in life.

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The Stress-Free Dinner Hour

Can't remember the last time you had a relaxing evening? These simple strategies will turn supper into the best part of your family's day.

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Clutter Cleanup

Have toys coming out of your ears? Find easy ways to sort your child's stuff and figure out what to do with the things you no longer need.

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Printable Chore Charts

Clutter clears more easily when your kids pull their weight. Use our age-by-age guide to find the best projects for your child.

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Cool Storage Solutions

These smart products will get your whole family psyched to put their stuff away.

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Recalled Toys to Toss

These toys aren't safe for your kids to play with.

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Raise a Giving Kid

Giving Gifts

During this hectic season, probably the last thing you want to do is take your kids holiday shopping -- major chaos! But allowing your child to pick out gifts for friends and family helps her learn to be generous and thoughtful.

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Raising Kids Who Care

These simple ideas teach your children to be nice, generous people, one good deed at a time.

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The Best Gifts for Everyone on Your List

What to get for teachers, babysitters, coaches? Get inspired with these great finds.

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Teaching Kids About Money

Generosity and smart spending go hand in hand. Here, the lessons you need to teach right now to raise a money-savvy child.

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Raising Thankful Kids

Thank-You Cards

Sending a card after getting a birthday present or holiday gift isn't just good manners -- it will also give your child a chance to reflect on how thoughtful his friends and family are.

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Printable Stickers!

Send a note that stands out with these appreciative stickers.

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7 Ways to Raise Grateful Kids

Teach your kids to use the magic words, and follow our tips to foster gratitude from an early age.

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The Cutest Baby Thank-You Cards

Pregnant or a new mom again? Don't forget your own gratitude! Say thanks for all those generous baby gifts you're getting with one of these gorgeous cards.

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Caring for the Family Pet

Kids & Pets

Pets are a lot of fun -- and a lot of work. But there are great ways your kids can pitch in.

Baby, Meet Snickers

When your pup meets your infant, it might not be love at first sniff.

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Bite-Proof Your Pooch

Does your child know how to behave around a pet?

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Have Pet, Will Travel

Planning to hit the road with your four-legged friend?

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