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How to keep your Christmas tree alive.

how to keep your christmas tree alive till santa comes.

Caring for your Christmas tree is essential if you want to keep it from drying to a crisp before Santa arrives. These Christmas tree tips can help.

Christmas organizing ideas.

christmas organizing ideas for the family.

Stay sane and festive this holiday season by pacing yourself - and your family - with these Christmas family organizing ideas.

Holiday grandparents visit survival guide.

holiday grandparents visit survival guide.

You love your mom and dad. The kids love them. So why is a holiday grandparents visit so difficult? These 10 tips for making that trip to Grandma's house a little more pleasant this year can help.

Preparing for holiday entertaining.

preparing for holiday entertaining.

Don't wait until the guests RSVP to begin preparing for holiday entertaining. Here are some important things you can do ahead, so that you're cool, calm, and collected when you open the door on party night.

13 tips for successful holiday entertaining.

13 holiday entertaining tips.

During the holidays, most parties are family affairs, so the host not only has to worry about entertaining other adults but their offspring and maybe their parents as well. Here are 13 ideas for holiday entertaining where people of all ages will be comfortable, safe, and entertained.

Easy tips for making homemade ornaments.

easy tips for making homemade ornaments.

Why go spendy on ornaments when you can make them yourself with the kids and have a great time doing it? These easy ideas for homemade ornaments can help get the (holiday) ball rolling.

Creative gift wrapping ideas.

creative gift wrapping ideas.

You put so much time and care into selecting just the right gifts for your friends and loved ones. Then, at the last minute, you wrap it in some tacky Santa paper and stick a flimsy bow on top? Not this year. Here are some creative gift wrapping ideas to consider instead.

5 ideas for new family traditions.

5 ideas for new family traditions.

Often just a twist on a current tradition - say, changing the annual cookies exchange for a more useful fast weekday dinner recipe exchange - is all it takes to create relevant new family traditions. These 5 ideas for new traditions can help.

Getting the family onboard with new traditions.

getting the family onboard with new traditions.

It isn't easy selecting new traditions for your family - and often harder still to get the troops onboard with your new ideas. These tips for getting the family onboard with new traditions can help.

10 rules for a successful slumber party.

10 rules for a successful sleepover.

It's a fact of life: Kids love a sleepover. It's also a fact of life that a parent is rather attached to her sleep. So how do the two divergent agendas meet? Here are 10 sleepover rules for success.

4 family bathroom scheduling ideas.

4 tips for shared family bathrooms.

A shared family bathroom presents a parent's paradox. You can't get your school-age kid into the bath or shower, and you can't get your toddler or teenager out. 4 Family Bathroom Scheduling Ideas that can help.

10 tips for road trips.

10 tips for road trips.

Keep the peace and stay on schedule on your next family road trip with these 10 tips for road trips.

Tips for stocking your guest bathroom.

how to create a welcoming guest bathroom.

The most precious thing you can give your guest is privacy. And that starts with a thoughtfully prepared bathroom. These guest bathroom ideas can help you provide a little sanctuary for your visitor.

11 household rules for young guests.

11 household rules for young guests.

You can't exactly post these household rules for kids like you might post your own family rules. Because they are guests in your home, however, it's good to have some rules for kids in your home should you need to enforce them.

School lunch ideas for kids.

easy ideas for lunches kids might actually eat.

What can be more tedious to prepare than a kid's school lunch? You try to be creative. You try to make it healthy. And then the whole thing comes home the next day uneaten. These school lunch ideas can help.

10 slumber party etiquette rules for kids.

10 slumber party etiquette rules.

Hosting a slumber party? Consider sharing these 10 etiquette rules with guests before the fun begins. Not only should these be the rules for kids at your child's slumber parties, but also for your child at other kids' slumber parties. 

6 tips for siblings sharing a bedroom.

6 tips for siblings sharing a bedroom.

For many families, it's just not possible to give siblings separate bedrooms. (I think lots of times kids are secretly glad to share a room anyway.) Here are 6 ideas to help them share a bedroom.

Tips for hosting overnight guests.

tips for hosting overnight guests.

We all love houseguests. But it can be tricky to have them underfoot. You want everything to be perfect so they will come again. What can you do to make sure they feel at home in your home? These tips for hosting overnight guests can help make everyone comfortable.

Kids homework: 9 rules for success.

9 rules for kids homework success.

For best results, kids homework need to become part of the daily fabric of your child's day. None of this routine is ever open for discussion or debate. Here are my top 9 tips for kids homework success.

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Tara Aronson

Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.