Here's an idea. This year, turn Thanksgiving into Thinks-giving. Unplug. Yup. The whole day without digital engagement. No screens. No big balloon parades. No football.
Part of what makes the holidays so special is being around family, experiencing the joy of giving, the indulgence of special food and drink, and the fun of holiday parties. It's super OK to dive into all of it, we've just got to remember ways to come up for air.
It's that joyous time of year when Americans will spend billions on gifts for loved ones and friends. Millions of consumers turn to credit cards and other forms of payments to purchase all of these gifts.
I am making progress -- I am yelling less and loving more -- and that is what matters to me more than perfection.
Traveling with babies and young children requires a little bit of preparation and a big carry-on bag. It may seem a bit overwhelming at first, but once you get your first trip out of the way you'll see that if you follow the Scout motto and always "Be prepared" it can be a great adventure.
Through daily moral consciousness we must all counter the proliferating voices of racial and ethnic and religious division that are regaining too much respectability over the land.
Thank you for his face. His gummy smiles and belly laughs. Thank you for his gentleness. His arms around my neck and whispered, "I love you." Thank you for his strong will. For a voice loud enough to scream and cry. For healthy limbs strong enough throw all the blocks on the floor.
Sure, I love a half-price blender as much as the next girl. But the lines, the crowds, the fighting over a 20% off Elsa dress like survivors battling over a can of tuna on The Walking Dead -- those are all things I can live without.
Social support can help us sustain any practice. One powerful way to build appreciation in your life is to exchange daily emails or texts with a "gratitude buddy" where you each list one to three things you're grateful for that day.
You become the multi-tasking queen, cooking, cleaning, potty training, wiping snot... it all happens simultaneously. Please, wash your hands
This will likely be as useless as quest as trying to end the anachronistic daylight savings time, but I want to give it a shot and start a campaign to move Thanksgiving.
Regardless of religious creed or upbringing, acknowledging the blessing that is life in the present and taking the moment to appreciate this time in our life, not simply focusing on the future or the past is invaluable and important in and of itself.
At your next family gathering -- whether it's a holiday dinner or a wedding -- consider providing a professional sign language interpreter so that your deaf and hearing family members can get the most out of the time they spend together.
There is no doubt that black lives matter to the parents of black children. Our fear is rooted not in our ability to love and provide for them, but rather the realization that comes with daily reminders around us that their lives matter only to us.
If you're going to shop on Friday, why not choose quality, craftsmanship and durability over cheap, imported and disposable. It's clear by now that our relationship to fashion has some dangerous implications, but we can all start creating a solution in the way that we shop this holiday season.
During this season of Thanksgiving, I want to thank you -- points of light everywhere -- for all that you have done this year.