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Actor and comedian David Koechner - who appears in Anchorman and "The Office" - is the father of five children with the youngest, Eve, still in diapers. Over the past 13 years of raising children, David and his wife, Leigh, have experienced countless moments and mishaps - and have some great tips on how to tackle busy adventures in parenthood with honesty and humor.
Dec. 25, 2012 11:20 a.m.



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Actor and comedian David Koechner - who appears in "Anchorman" and "The Office" - is the father of five children with the youngest, Eve, still in diapers. Over the past 13 years of raising children, David and his wife, Leigh, have experienced countless moments and mishaps - and have some great tips on how to tackle busy adventures in parenthood with honesty and humor.



"Find something your family enjoys doing together and make it a weekly activity," Koechner says. "We have Friday night family night where we make a big dinner and play games. We purposely make a huge mess that takes all of our Koechner army to clean up - but it is fun and something we look forward to and do together every week."



Here are more of David's tips and advice for navigating messes and stresses with little ones throughout the whole day.



- Morning: With multiple children - getting everyone up and out the door can be a challenge. Even our youngest Eve is on the go and wants to join her brothers and sisters on the school bus. She tries to toddle off after them, usually in just her diaper. But that's why we like Huggies Little Movers Diapers - because she likes to "move it, move it" - and with the SnugFit waistband her diaper stays in place and keeps her dry no matter what she's trying to get into.



- Noon: By midday, it's usually time to take a deep breath. Your schedule might have been thrown off course thanks to the messes that have popped up - but take a beat and try to laugh about it. Make a funny video on your phone and show it to your kids when they get home; you can make some pretty hilarious memories at the same time.



- Night: Ah, finally you can try to relax after getting up three times for glasses of water, tucks into bed and picking blankies up off the floor. Thankfully, Eve has stopped trying to climb out of her crib - we still keep a close eye on her, but know she's safe and won't be waking up with a leaky diaper. Huggies Overnites Diapers help her stay dry for up to 12 hours between her twists and turns so we're able to actually get some sleep ourselves.



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Family Movie Night



Want to watch one of 2012’s biggest hits? According to Box Office Mojo, here are the top-grossing films rated PG-13 or PG this year:



1. "The Avengers"



2. "The Dark Knight Rises"



3. "The Hunger Games"



4. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2"



5. "Skyfall"



6. "The Amazing Spider-Man"



7. "Brave"



8. "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted"



9. "The Lorax"



10. "Men in Black 3"



Book Report



"I Funny: A Middle School Story," by James Patterson



Ages: 9-12



Pages: 320



Synopsis: Jamie Grimm is a middle schooler on a mission: he wants to become the world's greatest standup comedian — even if he doesn't have a lot to laugh about these days. He's new in town and stuck living with his aunt, uncle, and their evil son Stevie, a bully who doesn't let Jamie's wheelchair stop him from messing with Jamie as much as possible. But Jamie doesn't let his situation get him down. He practices the craft of stand-up every day on friends, family, and the willing customers at his Uncle Frankie's diner. When Uncle Frankie mentions a contest called The Planet's Funniest Kid Comic, Jamie knows he has to enter. But are the judges only rewarding him out of pity because of his wheelchair, like Stevie suggests? Will Jamie ever share the secret of his troubled past instead of hiding behind his comedy act? - Little, Brown Books for Young Readers



Did You Know



A new study published in Pediatrics says that most kids only need two cups of milk per day to get the recommended amount of vitamin D and iron.



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