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Learn how to handle the issues, large and small, from conflicts between grandparents and parents to teaching kids how to respect their elders.

Are Today's Parents Strict Enough?

By Bev Beckham | Family Matters

Playpens and teaching manners are just two things that seem to be a thing of the past when it comes to raising kids. But is that really a good thing?

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How to Avoid Taking Sides When You Agree with Your Son-in-Law

By Lisa Carpenter | Family Matters

Follow these mediation tips to avoid hurt feelings when you're asked to step in during tricky arguments.

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How to Reveal a Family Secret

By Robyn Passante | Family Matters

Most families have a few skeletons in the closet. Here's how to know if you should divulge yours—plus the least painful ways to do it.

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Multi-Generational Living: How to Live with Family and Not Fight

By Jennifer Kelly Geddes | Family Matters

Almost 50 million people live in a multigenerational home, which means there's bound to be conflict. Here’s how to smooth out the most common issues.

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The 6 Most Toxic In-laws—and How to Handle Them

By Sally Stich | Family Matters

Mothers-in-laws may get the bad rap, but many DILs, SILs and other mothers- and fathers-in-law can be no barrel of laughs either.

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10 Ways to Help the Parents of Toddlers

By Kristen Sturt | Family Matters

Toddlers: They're as exhausting as they are adorable. These great tips will ease the whole family's load.

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6 Family Behaviors That are Totally Dysfunctional

By Caila Ball | Family Matters

It’s ok if your picture perfect family suffers occasional dysfunction, but prepare yourself to deal with it productively.

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5 Ways Your Kids Are Messing Up Your Grandkids

By Sally Stich | Family Matters

From being over-involved to having high expectations, today’s parents should be mindful of these destructive parenting don’ts.

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9 Awkward Grandparenting Moments

By Jackie Albanese | Family Matters

When all is well, grandparenting is a breeze. But what happens when things get a little uncomfortable?

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5 Times Grandparents Should Interfere

By Jennifer Kelly Geddes | Family Matters

When it comes to the grandkids and discipline, when should you speak up and when should you shut up?

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