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Parenting: Kids and Family - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. Know, we teach family values by living by living our family values. So, we have to pay attention to how we treat our extended family, how we talk about our extended family and how much we include them in our daily lives. I would let kids know that they do not have to like Aunt Ethel and they do not necessarily have to kiss Aunt Ethel but, but they have to be polite to Aunt Ethel whether they want to give her a big hug or not. I think that we need to create family traditions that include the extended family. So if your extended family does not live close, you can use Skype, you can use emails, you can use regular mail to stay in touch and connect with each other. Finally, as kids get older we can allow them a few more choices. So, maybe we do not argue with them over what they wear to Grandma’s house for dinner or, maybe if we go to Grandma’s house every single week, maybe once a month they are allowed to skip dinner at Grandma’s house as they get older. But if we pay attention to how we interact with our extended family and if we show our children how much we value family, then our kids will learn to value the same things even, if it is not the exact same way that we do.