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Countdown to Christmas

Melinda Wentzel | Posted 02.17.2014 | Parents
Melinda Wentzel

My children loathe the process of waiting even still -- especially during this celebrated month of December, on the veritable cusp of Christmas.

Baby Has Some Serious Christmas Spirit

Posted 12.18.2013 | Parents

Santa baby, indeed. This photo of Reddit user WeightLiftingLulu's 2-month-old son Luke is definitely Christmas card-worthy... And of course,...

Why My 1970s Christmas Was Way Better

Lori Ferraro | Posted 11.25.2014 | Parents
Lori Ferraro

They say that when you have kids you get to relive the magic of the holidays all over again, see Christmas through their eyes. I suppose that's true -- to an extent.

Unexpected Magic This Holiday Season

Carissa K | Posted 02.16.2014 | Parents
Carissa K

When I think back to that first Christmas as a mother and reflect on my desire to reclaim my old self, it seems like a wish that is foreign to me now. Nearly a decade in, there's no old self or new self. There's just this self.

This Teenager Has A Completely Beautiful Surprise

Posted 11.25.2014 | Parents

Although they theoretically keep us connected, smartphones, tablets and computers often pull us away from the people we love -- making friends and fam...

Autism and the Holidays

Emma Nicholson | Posted 02.15.2014 | Parents
Emma Nicholson

My advice to parents of younger children with autism is to just go with it and not try to make a picture perfect holiday. Your family is unique and whatever way you can make it fun and happy for all of you is the right way.

How The Elf On The Shelf Ruined Our Christmas

Matt Pelc | Posted 11.25.2014 | Parents
Matt Pelc

My wife and I live vicariously through the joy seen through the eyes of our children on Christmas morning.That joy was sapped last Christmas because of a villainous invader whose very presence was meant to enhance that Christmas experience, not destroy it.

WATCH: 25 Years Of Christmas In Under 3 Minutes

Posted 12.16.2013 | Parents

Here's a manifesto for the importance of recording special family moments that barely needs any words at all. Twenty-five years' worth of Christmas...

A Day To Remember Pain And Celebrate The Miracle Of Love

Jennifer Meer | Posted 02.13.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Meer

December has always been a miraculous time. It marks the season in my life when I labored with both my children on the same date, in different years: December 14. But I cannot help but think of a community not so very far from my own. December 14 marks a very different day for them.

Which Parent Does My Son Take After? A (Borderline Rude) Tally

Mike Julianelle | Posted 02.12.2014 | Parents
Mike Julianelle

Children are like snowflakes -- annoying, loud, inconvenient, smelly snowflakes. They're all annoying and loud and inconvenient and smelly in their own unique ways.

A Christmas Gift of Hope and a Future

Ellen Stumbo | Posted 02.12.2014 | Parents
Ellen Stumbo

The adoption process has taken its toll on me emotionally. Nothing prepares you to be away from your family for six weeks, and in a country where you feel deaf, mute, and illiterate.

What I'm Thinking When I Write Our Family Christmas Card

Devon Corneal | Posted 02.12.2014 | Parents
Devon Corneal

There are places where we can share our darkest selves and mundane lives; the holiday card is not one of them. It is a snapshot of the year and a dream catcher on card stock. It isn't perfection -- it's reality and aspiration rolled into one.

Santa Can't Do Everything

Wendy Bradford | Posted 02.12.2014 | Parents
Wendy Bradford

Children will be disappointed on Christmas, as they are on many days -- despite the magical man, who delights and fixes and cheers all the children of the world, in whom they believe; despite all the people trying hard to make things different.

Rosemary Strembicki: Holiday Presence

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 02.11.2014 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

The universal tradition of giving during the holidays has exploded into a circus of spending, stress and unfulfilled expectations. Let's take a breath and think about how we can reframe the message we're sending to our children.

Holiday Crafts and Gifts: Give New Meaning to Regifting

Dawn Wynne | Posted 02.11.2014 | Parents
Dawn Wynne

Everyone can save glass and plastic jars, boxes, and items such as bottle caps, twisty ties, bubble wrap, take home containers. With a little research and some creativity here are some fun ideas for gifts, crafts, and decorating.

Every Kindergarten Holiday Concert Needs A Girl Like This One

Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

The only thing cuter than kindergartners singing in their holiday concert is a KODA (kid of deaf adults) signing the show -- so that her parents can f...

Your Kids and Money Holiday Questions: Answered

Neale Godfrey | Posted 02.10.2014 | Parents
Neale Godfrey

The holiday season should be a happy and joyful time of year, but I know it can also be a time of stress and even depression. The important lessons are that ongoing, open, and honest conversations are essential.

A Wonderful Thing Happened When I Turned Christmas Over To My 7-Year-Old

Jane Unger | Posted 02.01.2014 | Parents
Jane Unger

My idea of a silver screen Christmas was a predictable plotline from a too-tired mom. When I let it go, my family's Zuzu joyfully put her twist on our tradition.

Gather Around Celebrating the Stories of the Season

John McCormick | Posted 02.08.2014 | Parents
John McCormick

The time I've spent telling stories with my sons is one of the greatest treasures of my life. It has created a special bond between us, something that no one else does for them.

10 Vintage Toys That Are Topping Christmas Wish Lists This Year | Posted 02.08.2014 | Parents

What's on the Christmas wish list for kids this year? Nothing, it would seem. Well, nothing in the sense that there is no "top toy" for 2013. This year, the kids want the classics.

The Snowman's True Identity

Rachel Levy Lesser | Posted 02.08.2014 | Women
Rachel Levy Lesser

The snowman celebrates Hanukkah just like me! He is Jewish. I wonder if the holiday marketers at companies like Starbucks, 5 Below, Target, Amazon and the like know this?

10 Gifts For Parents Who Need To Chill

Lori Leibovich and Mandy Velez | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents

One of the best things about the holidays is that they force us to slow down. Schools are closed, offices thin out, and most of us get some uninterrup...

Top 5 Gift Choices To Move Beyond The Toy Hype

Jamie Davis Smith | Posted 02.05.2014 | Parents
Jamie Davis Smith

Focus on toys that will teach your children something new, broaden their horizons about who they become and give them the lasting gift of sparking their imagination and teaching them new ways to think about the world.

7 Gifts All New Parents Really Need

Karyn Thurston | Posted 02.05.2014 | Parents
Karyn Thurston

Since the very last thing this season needs is more stress, I've come up with a handy-dandy giving guide for you to use or share with those who are hoping to give to you this season.

Why I'm Buying My Kids A Lot of Presents

Lyz Lenz | Posted 02.05.2014 | Parents
Lyz Lenz

I realize I'm writing a defense of consumerism. A treatise on spoiling. But it's one day. One day I can say "yes."