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"The brain is hardwired to bond during activities involving food," explains Shimi Kang, M.D., a Harvard-trained child psychiatrist and author of The Self-Motivated Kid: How to Raise Happy, Healthy Children Who Know What They Want and Go After It (Without Being Told). So swap your next family potluck for a cook-off. Ask relatives to bring their best casserole, chili, or insert-your-theme-here. After you eat, have everyone cast votes for awards like "Most likely to be served at a restaurant,"…

"The brain is hardwired to bond during activities involving food," explains Shimi Kang, M.D., a Harvard-trained child psychiatrist and author of The Self-Motivated Kid: How to Raise Happy, Healthy Children Who Know What They Want and Go After It (Without Being Told). So swap your next family potluck for a cook-off. Ask relatives to bring their best casserole, chili, or insert-your-theme-here. After you eat, have everyone cast votes for awards like "Most likely to be served at a restaurant,"…

Returning to the spot where your wedding pictures were taken to do a maternity shoot. I rarely find wedding and/or maternity portraits special or unique, but this is a really sweet idea.

Returning to the spot where your wedding pictures were taken to do a maternity shoot. I rarely find wedding and/or maternity portraits special or unique, but this is a really sweet idea.

Instead of the usual group shots and vacation snaps, get everyone to draw a picture of one another. Paste them into a blank album, or turn them into a book using a service like Plum Print (ship the drawings and they'll design a book) or Snapfish (scan them and do it yourself). Plum Print cofounder Meg Ragland loved this graduation gift idea: "A family had everyone, including the grandparents, color a picture of what they thought the high school graduate would be when he grew up. It was…

The 16 Most Fun Things You Can Do With Your Family

Instead of the usual group shots and vacation snaps, get everyone to draw a picture of one another. Paste them into a blank album, or turn them into a book using a service like Plum Print (ship the drawings and they'll design a book) or Snapfish (scan them and do it yourself). Plum Print cofounder Meg Ragland loved this graduation gift idea: "A family had everyone, including the grandparents, color a picture of what they thought the high school graduate would be when he grew up. It was…

Take your kid out of school just once, maybe on his birthday or around another big milestone, and do something special for only the two of you, like catching a matinee of a new movie (you'll love how empty the theater will be on a weekday!) or going for a hike. Worried it's setting a bad example? "There will always be school and workdays," reminds Alyson Lanier, a psychotherapist and life coach in Wilmington, NC. She says just don't do this on a regular basis or—clearly—on a day when…

The 16 Most Fun Things You Can Do With Your Family

Take your kid out of school just once, maybe on his birthday or around another big milestone, and do something special for only the two of you, like catching a matinee of a new movie (you'll love how empty the theater will be on a weekday!) or going for a hike. Worried it's setting a bad example? "There will always be school and workdays," reminds Alyson Lanier, a psychotherapist and life coach in Wilmington, NC. She says just don't do this on a regular basis or—clearly—on a day when…

Family pose Saint Louis family photographer

Family pose Saint Louis family photographer

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Your family photo shoot is a time for your family to really shine. It's important to think about the wardrobe each member of the family will wear. One fun idea is to dress in tonal shades that compliment one another…

Your family photo shoot is a time for your family to really shine. It's important to think about the wardrobe each member of the family will wear. One fun idea is to dress in tonal shades that compliment one another…

capturing true character in a photo shoot... These are some of the clearest, most helpful tips on photography that I've seen. Thanks @Courtney @ Click it Up a Notch for picking some great blog contributors!

10 Tips to Capturing True Character

capturing true character in a photo shoot... These are some of the clearest, most helpful tips on photography that I've seen. Thanks @Courtney @ Click it Up a Notch for picking some great blog contributors!

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