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Holiday Time for Children of Divorce

Risa Garon | Posted 12.18.2016 | Divorce
Risa Garon

One of the most difficult challenges for families experiencing transitions such as separation and divorce occurs at holiday times, particularly when it is the first event after a family transition.

Just Say NO to Holiday Stress

Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC | Posted 02.02.2015 | Parents
Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC

When my husband and I started a family, I assumed that my babies would hand me a one-way ticket to holiday bliss. I couldn't wait to introduce them to all of the little traditions that I remembered from my childhood.

Oh, There's Other Places Than Home for the Holidays

Patrice Bendig | Posted 01.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Patrice Bendig

It was the first holiday in over a decade that I did not go to bed filled with a sense of longing for a "real" holiday. Making my own agenda and celebrating with likeminded people made the day much more gratifying.

Who Are These Children in my Mailbox?

Greg Schwem | Posted 03.02.2014 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

I gather all the Christmas card photos we received in the mail and slowly peruse them, an undertaking I never have time for during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. I see smiling children, and increasingly I find myself thinking, 'Who are these kids?'

What Marriage Looks Like in the Second Act

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 03.01.2014 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

The second act is watching the joy my wife gets being around her two girls... or the pride I get when they grab my hand to hold it just one more time. The second act is teaching them to ride bikes, watching them play with their toys, seeing them grow out of each little outfit.

The Holiday Card No One Ever Sends

Jen Singer | Posted 02.28.2014 | Parents
Jen Singer

This year, we went to Playa del Carmen, made the varsity cross country team, and scored a gorgeous goal from 20 yards out. But really, that's not all that impressive. What's impressive is what we endured, survived, and supported each other through despite it all.

How To Survive A Road Trip With A Toddler

John Corcoran | Posted 02.25.2014 | Parents
John Corcoran

Going on a long road trip with kids is kind like watching a Ken Burns documentary. You have a feeling you should be enjoying it, but you're really not. And you end up just wanting to take a nap.

The Question That Haunts Me Every Christmas

Julianna W. Miner | Posted 02.24.2014 | Parents
Julianna W. Miner

Friendships end, but more often they ebb and flow, even those that last a lifetime. And not without some heartache along the way.

Here Comes Santa Claus!

Posted 12.24.2013 | Parents

With Santa's arrival imminent, The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has a firm lock on a glowing object moving quickly across the skie...

What I Wish Santa Had Said To My Daughter

Kasey Edwards | Posted 02.23.2014 | Parents
Kasey Edwards

This isn't all your fault, Santa. The focus on girls' appearance to the exclusion of everything else is so deeply entrenched in our culture that we often don't know what else to say to them. Despite our best intentions, we have no frame of reference to engage with girls on any level other than the superficial.

The Search For The Best Worst Holiday Card Is On

Posted 12.23.2013 | Parents

Getting entire families to pose for a holiday-card-worthy photo is notoriously difficult. Yet, for some reason, most parents brush aside their outtake...

5 Ways to Keep the Magic of Christmas

Toni Nagy | Posted 02.22.2014 | Parents
Toni Nagy

As I frantically search Amazon for the perfect Lady Bug costume that isn't too itchy, has antennas and comes with a tutu (but not a black one, only red), I can't help but feel conflicted. Gifts are a huge part of the exhilaration children feel at Christmas, but I don't want it to be limited to that.

Why I'm OK With My 10-Year-Old Still Believing In Elf On The Shelf

Scholastic Parent and Child | Posted 02.22.2014 | Parents
Scholastic Parent and Child

Now, she is 10 years old. A fifth grader. None of her friends believe in Santa anymore. My husband and I struggle with how long to keep this up.

9 Ways to Make Christmas Meaningful for Kids

Andrea Reiser | Posted 02.22.2014 | Parents
Andrea Reiser

Instead of showering your kids with a pile of this year's hot clothes, toys and electronics (which, let's face it, will probably be collecting dust by the end of the school year), make it a tradition to give your kids the gift of a memorable holiday experience

Christmas Cards From Mom

Frida Berrigan | Posted 02.22.2014 | Parents
Frida Berrigan

Now that I'm an adult with my own kids -- I'm expecting another one early in the new year -- I find a whole new plateau of pleasure in the Christmas season.

Breastfeeding During the Holidays

Joy Kosak | Posted 02.22.2014 | Parents
Joy Kosak

Between minimal downtime, extra social engagements and close quarters with extended family, you may find yourself wondering when and how you're going to nurse or pump. With a few tips and tricks, you can make everything flow more smoothly.

How to Have a Stress-Free Family Holiday

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 02.21.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

If you turn the holidays into a stressful production, that is how your children will view the holidays as well. Children reflect, model, and take their cues from their parents.

New Year's Resolutions for the Whole Family

Rachel Busman, PsyD | Posted 02.19.2014 | Parents
Rachel Busman, PsyD

Setting New Year's resolutions doesn't have to be a daunting experience. It's the perfect opportunity to sit down with your children (both young and old) and have a conversation about how to set short- and long-term goals

5 College Student/Parent Holiday Pet Peeves

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 02.19.2014 | Parents
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

Take a deep breath and hang onto your patience and that holiday spirit. Here's hoping your holiday season of togetherness is filled with happiness and minimal friction.

Hey Dads! This Christmas, Give the Gift of You

Scott Behson, PhD | Posted 02.19.2014 | Parents
Scott Behson, PhD

Our kids may want things, but they NEED time with their fathers more. This Christmas, instead of stuff, we should give our kids the opportunities to do more fun things with us. Here are a few ideas how.

Evelyn Lauer: How I Slowed Down During the Holidays

Evelyn Lauer | Posted 02.19.2014 | Parents
Evelyn Lauer

We've all been there. Judging others. Impatient. Filled with road rage. Our needs are more important. We are the center of the universe, after all. We forget that, perhaps, there are legitimate reasons for the delay: back pain, a broken leg, a baby in the backseat.

Hello. My Name Is Lori, and I Don't Bake.

Lori Ferraro | Posted 02.19.2014 | Parents
Lori Ferraro

Like I said to my sons in the car, we're all good at something. And Laura is really good at baking. Thank GOD for Aunt Laura, she's there to fill in the (chocolate) chip that I'm missing.

How A Conversation I Dreaded Turned Into A True Christmas Gift

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 02.19.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

I never imagined that she would thank me. That she would be the one to make sure our holiday magic remains, by reminding us of the true meaning of Christmas and how special our family time together will always be -- even without Santa.

A Jewish Mom's Letter to Santa

Jenny Isenman | Posted 02.17.2014 | Parents
Jenny Isenman

I'm sure the fact that we don't believe in you has something to do with your snubbing us year after year. Do we, a people known to produce a whiner or two, complain? No, some of us, myself included, have made an effort to believe.

5 Ways to Deal With Teens and Alcohol Over the Holidays

GalTime | Posted 02.16.2014 | Parents
GalTime

The holidays may be a time for you and your kids to celebrate and be merry, but it is certainly not a time to lower your guard and let the alcohol flow.