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Win Child Custody: Dos & Don'ts to Live By

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Nervous about your child custody case going before the court? Find out what you need to do -- and not do -- in order to win.

Child Custody Resources for Single Parents
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Poll: How Often Do You Conduct Family Meetings?

Sunday April 20, 2014

Family meetings at our house tend to fall into two different categories: the regular check-in, sync your schedules, share-one-positive-thing-about-each-other version, and the more urgent let's-get-together-to-address-a-problem type of family meeting.

Both formats are helpful. But I've noticed that sticking to a weekly family meeting routine helps prevent last-minute stresses, from "Where's my game-day uniform?" to "Mom, I needposter-boardfor a project that's due tomorrow!"

How about you? Do you use regular family meetings to keep the lines of communication open with your kids? Let us know by participating in this week's poll or sharing your thoughts here on the blog.

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Celebrate Easter With Your Kids

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Each year, we make "Resurrection Buns" for breakfast on Easter morning. I think they're fun because, first of all, the kids get to make them themselves, by wrapping refrigerator dough around a marshmallow; and second, they come with a little surprise. After baking, they're empty inside!

Visit the Easter bunny with your children.

It's a fun and creative way to illustrate the story of Easter. Plus, you can make them the night before and just pop them in the oven in the morning, which makes your Easter breakfast super easy!

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Do You Go Out of Your Way to Include Your Ex?

Sunday April 13, 2014

Reply to this question.It's one of the most selfless things you can do for your kids: including your ex for the occasional family gathering or event. It's a powerful way to show your kids that you're still a "family," even though you don't live together any more.

If this is something you've never done before, you may need to start small. For example, make a point of inviting your ex to come to your kids' sporting events before the spring season is over. With time, being inclusive will start to feel more natural for all of you.

For some ideas about how to go about including your ex, read Coparenting Tips: 5 Ways to Include Your Ex. And if you already include your ex on a regular basis, share your tips with our readers in the "Readers Respond" feature, How Do You Go Out of Your Way to Include Your Ex?

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10 Spring Activities Parents & Kids Can Enjoy Together

Saturday April 12, 2014

Now that the days are finally starting to feel more spring-like, I can't wait to get outside with the kids. Whether it's a quick game of hoops or a walk in the park, reconnecting amid the fresh air feels good -- and there's nothing like doing something together to get them talking.

Make a sidewalk chalk mural with your kids this spring.If you're anxious to head outdoors, too, try making a mural with sidewalk chalk or going on a nature walk.

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Photo Lorie Slater, 2009

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