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Family Food Budget - Use Those Coupons star
Trimming your grocery bill by using coupons is a good idea, but only if you use them properly.

Family Matters star
Much has changed since we were children, the pace of ours lives has picked up to a jogging sprint and it seems that technology has exploded, or has it simply run amok?

Practicing Patience star
If patience is a virtue, what does that make impatience? Patience may be virtuous but most of us are not so blessed. However, you and your family can find practical ways to deal with impatience.

10 Tips For A Successful Family Meeting star

10 Tips To Help You and Your Family Save Money star
You know that you need to save money, but it is holiday time, what can you do? "Don't shop" may seem absurd, but to save money you must get into the habit of asking yourself whether the item you are looking at is a want or a need. This time next year you may be in a better place financially.

10 Ways To Make Your Family Happier, Healthier star
Like most parents, you want to do everything possible to keep your family healthy physically and mentally. The fact is, it can be difficult trying to do everything. You often feel pushed and pulled at the same time. So what can you do? You can make some changes that will last a lifetime.

A Time For Change star
The new year is just around the corner, it is time to make a change or changes for making your life better. Although I no longer make resolutions, I have told everyone that I do make promises to myself. This coming year my one promise would be to say "no" more often.

Are There Happy Marriage’s? You Bet! star
Romance novels are flying off the shelves and romance ebooks are being downloaded. Do romance novels hold the secret to happy marriages? After all the most of them end happily ever after. Living happily ever after takes a lot of work, but it can be done.

Are You A Stay At Home Dad? star
Are you a stay at home dad? Or preparing to become one? Take heart, more dads are staying home these days, the reasons are varied, many dads were caught in the cross-fire of lay offs or downsizing. If dad was laid off, fired or downsized, it may be particularly difficult to take on this new role. Si

Are You an Unequal Money Partner? star
Stay-at-home moms or dads may feel like an unequal partner when it comes to family money. How do you handle it?

Can A Mediterranean Diet Extend Your Life star
While away a few weeks ago, a friend mentioned that she was going to eat healthier--like me. I did not say anything, but truth be told while I am simply picky eater. The question is will a mediterranean diet help me become a truly healthy eater?

Can You Stop Telemarketing Calls? star
The Federal Do No Call Registry is alive and well. And it does work for most telemarketing calls, however, some manage to slip through the cracks. Can you stop all telemarketing calls? Probably not completely, but you can slow them down to a crawl.

Can You Train Your Mate? star
Can you train your human loved one the way you do your fur babies? I offer my tongue in-cheek observations on this perplexing issue.

Caregiving and Elder Abuse star
Are you responsible for the care of an elderly family member? If so, you know that being a caregiver can be mentally and emotionally challenging. So how can you balance your own needs with those of the individual you care for?

Caring For Our Aging Parents star
If you have not yet reached the age where you have concerns about caring for your parents as they age, you probably will in the next five to ten years. Author Dan Taylor gives some guidance in The Parent Care Conversation.

Consignment Shopping For School Clothes star
You may see a consignment shop every day, but you quickly walk past it. It does look interesting, still you are not sure if you want walk into the shop, however cute the name. Some of those clothes look worn, isn't that buying second hand clothing? The answer is yes and no.

Create Memories With Cell Phone Photo's star
Why not use your cell phone camera to catch spontaneous fun and an endearing moment’s, baby doing something funny or cute, a quick hug or kiss. Of course these cell phone camera’s can catch you at the most inopportune and embarrassing moments too. Remember the old Polaroid Cameras?

Develop Positive Self-Talk star
Have you ever wondered why some people are lucky while nothing ever goes right for others? Of course of a lot depends on circumstances, but some good luck may depend on attitude and how these lucky people look at life in general.

Finding Time For Family and Yourself star
It is not easy. You sometimes feel that the world is passing you by. You miss family affairs, holidays, vacations with friends and precious time with your mate. If you have children it is worse yet. Finding time for family can be hard.

Food Stamp Programs in the U.S. star
While reading posts in one of the BellaOnline forums I became interested in the use of food stamps in America. I found these disturbing facts. In year 2001, 60% of the food stamp recipients were women, 51% were children and a full 93% were U. S. born citizens.

Frugal Christmas Giving star
It's no secret that money is tight for many. So what do you do about Christmas gifts? Have you purchased all of your gifts? If you are among those who have waited until the last minute to do holiday shopping because you hope prices will go down?

Frugal Holiday Gift-Giving star
You don't have to spend an outlandish amount of money to celebrate the holidays. Let this year be one of frugal holiday gift-giving. Think of things that will warm the heart without depleting your wallet.

Get Out of Debt And Into The Comfort Zone star
A family in heavy financial debt has become the norm rather than the exception. Even when you are knee-deep in debt there seems to be a way of getting additional credit. You are using one credit card to pay off another card; you take out a "payday loan" to stay one step ahead.

Getting Pass Negativity star
Are you are one of those people who always see's the glass half empty? If yes, know that you may be passing this pessimism to your children. Like a decidedly negative or bullying boss can set the tone for an unhappy office atmosphere, you may be setting a similar tone for your home.

Giving Advice to Family Members star
If instinct or past experience tells you that your advice probably won't be followed, then it may be best to say nothing.

Grandparents Precious Links to Our Past star
Grandparents are more than your parents and grandparents to your children, they are precious links to our past. Take measures to help your children spend time and bond with grandparents. To my way of thinking, Mother's Day and National Grandparents Day go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Handling Marital Conflict star
Some marital conflict is inevitable. However, you can help to change or at least soften some of it. Renovating your marriage - Some do's and don'ts.

Holiday Shopping Within the Family Budget star
Thanksgiving starts the holiday gift buying rush. You can stay within the family budget and still enjoy shopping. Make a decision to become a smart holiday shopper; don't wait until the last minute hoping for sales.

How Does Your Child Feel About Kindergarten? star
Has your son or daughter taken that first big step out of the nest and entered Kindergarten? Are you getting a good report when you listen to the child's conversations or actions? Or you finding something is not quite right? While many children love the adventure of Kindergarten, some do not.

Is Your Family Bored? star
Are you feeling bored? Kid's are not the only ones to feel the creep of boredom, but they may be the only ones to confess "Mommy, I am bored." And good for them, how can you do something about boredom if you can't or are not willing to ackknowlege it?

Is Your Family Facing Mortgage Fallout? star
Are you having difficulties keeping up with your mortgage? The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) says, "For most families, a home is not only a significant financial investment but also a source of pride." Today’s rocky and uncertain economic times can make upkeep difficult.

It's Not Always Be About Perfection star
Is the pursuit of perfection a bad thing? I think not. You don't have to be perfect, but, you should always do the best that you can and be the best you can be, whatever your age or your stage in life.

Journaling For The Whole Family star
Everyone seems to be journaling these days. Memorializing your thoughts and feelings can be a fun, relaxing and a creative pastime for the whole family.

Kids' Time Out - Make It A Night, Any Night star
Want to give your kids some qualily family time? Maybe it is time to revamp reorganize your days and evenings.

Kids´ Time-Out Tip: Cook together, play together star

Learn How to Accept a Compliment Graciously star
Do you know to accept a compliment graciously. It can take a long time to learn how to simply say "Thank you" without fumbling or feeling foolish. Learning how to accept a compliment can be difficult, but it is not impossible.

Make A Family Plan To Cope With War star

Make Getting To Work Easier and Smoother star
Some mornings are wonderful, you wake up 15 minutes before the alarm goes off and relish those few precious moments. Then there are the other mornings when you feel nothing goes right; you know those days, no toothpaste, no deodorant and no milk for your cereal.

Managing Your Anger star
"Anger Kills", an excellent book written to help us understand and manage our anger.

Money Saving Tips and Ideas star
When is an advertised bargain a real bargain? When it proves to be one by really saving your hard earned dollars. Get free audio stories for children.

Mothers and Motherhood star
Mothers and Motherhood, we seldom take time to really think about how much truth there is in William Ross Wallace's, "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle Is The Hand That Rules The World."

National Do Not Call Registry and Cell Phones star
If you are in the United States and have received an e-mail or e-mails urging you register your cell phone take to moment to check the facts first.

New Year’s Resolution That You Can Keep star
This year when you sit down to make your resolutions for the new year, be sure to make resolutions that you can keep. That means making realistic resolutions.

Parenting star

Pay It Forward by Volunteering star
There is a lot of buzz about paying it forward to make the world a gentler and kinder place. The idea is when you receive a favor or good turn from someone, thank them and pay it forward with a much needed or unexpected good deed for someone else.

Praising Your Children or Grandchildren star
Praise works for all ages. Do you know someone that you admire or envy for their self confidence? This kind of self-assurance may have been learned when they were just toddlers. More times than not this seemingly “born with it” admirable self-assurance was passed on to this person.

Repairing Family Estrangement star
Why do family members become estranged, sometimes for decades or even forever? In some cases, once you are privy to inside information it seems obvious. However, in other cases, the reason for such rifts seem less clear, even after you hear both sides of the story.

Setting and Keeping Goals star
It is easy to set goals but often difficult to keep and reach them. We often fail because we do not set our minds to the goal or apply direct action to achieving the goal. As one who has gone through a large debt reduction process, I can assure you that setting goals can work.

Share Your Best Kids´ Time-Out and Mom´s Time-Out Tips star

Share Your Best Mom´s Time-Out & Kids´ Time-Out Tips star

Sister Love, Sister Estrangement? star
When a woman is estranged from her sister can the damage be repaired? A popular ABC newsmagazine show is asking the same question and seeks sisters who haven't communicated in more than a year and who would like to reconnect.

Take Time For Family star
There is an old song that talks about a father who was too busy to spend time with his young son, now the father is old and weary; the son has no time for him. More often than we would imagine, this is the case in real life.

Taking Good Things for Granted star
Many of us do take the good things in our lives for granted, our mate; our children, our home, the list goes on. Most of us don't stop to think "what would happen if I lost this or that." We only think of what we have or had, when it is gone or simply diminished.

Teach Children To Their Solve Problems star
Problem-solving is a skill that's applicable to all facets of your children's lives--from school work to relationships. Problem's lurk everywhere, how do you solve them?

Teaching Children to Enjoy the Arts star
Museums are wonderful places for children to learn about art and history, some offer educational activities for the whole family.

The Right to Die A Family Issue star
The Right to Die is definately a family issue. What's your take?

Tips to Teach Kids Compassion and Tolerance star
First and foremost leave your prejudices’ outside of the door. If you don’t want your kid to say it, you should not say it. Do not allow your own prejudice what ever it may be, race, religion, social status; or the way you view the opposite sex, to color your child’s view of the world.

Wedding details: Don´t Forget The Work/Family Marriage Plan star

Welcome To BellaOnline's Work & Family Site star
Balancing work and family is a juggling act that each mother works out according to her own life experience. This site helps moms support and learn from each other, whether they have careers, start businesses or, for now, stay home.

What Makes a Happy Marriage? star
We all know that there are no tried and true rules to a happy marriage. However basic rules of mutual respect play a large part in a successful union.

Working Moms and Their Children star

Your Family Vacation, Safe and Inexpensive Fun star
You are excited because you and your family are getting away for some fun and bonding time. Take some extra precautions before you go. You know the usual travel warnings and safety tips, however, there are other tips that you should keep in mind also.

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