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This Teenager Has A Completely Beautiful Surprise

This Teenager Has A Completely Beautiful Surprise

12.17.2013
Although they theoretically keep us connected, smartphones, tablets and computers often pull us away from the people we love -- making...
Autism and the Holidays

Autism and the Holidays

12.16.2013
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...
How The Elf On The Shelf Ruined Our Christmas

How The Elf On The Shelf Ruined Our Christmas

12.16.2013
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...
WATCH: 25 Years Of Christmas In Under 3 Minutes

WATCH: 25 Years Of Christmas In Under 3 Minutes

12.16.2013
Here's a manifesto for the importance of recording special family moments that barely needs any words at all. Twenty-five years' worth...
A Day To Remember Pain And Celebrate The Miracle Of Love

A Day To Remember Pain And Celebrate The Miracle Of Love

12.14.2013
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...
Which Parent Does My Son Take After? A (Borderline Rude) Tally

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

12.13.2013
Children are like snowflakes -- annoying, loud, inconvenient, smelly snowflakes. They're all annoying and loud and inconvenient and smelly...
A Christmas Gift of Hope and a Future

A Christmas Gift of Hope and a Future

12.13.2013
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...
What I'm Thinking When I Write Our Family Christmas Card

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

12.13.2013
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...
Santa Can't Do Everything

Santa Can't Do Everything

12.13.2013
Children will be disappointed on Christmas, as they are on many days -- despite the magical man, who delights and fixes and cheers all...
Rosemary Strembicki: Holiday Presence

Rosemary Strembicki: Holiday Presence

12.12.2013
The universal tradition of giving during the holidays has exploded into a circus of spending, stress and unfulfilled expectations. Let's...
Holiday Crafts and Gifts: Give New Meaning to Regifting

Holiday Crafts and Gifts: Give New Meaning to Regifting

12.12.2013
Everyone can save glass and plastic jars, boxes, and items such as bottle caps, twisty ties, bubble wrap, take home containers. With a...
Every Kindergarten Holiday Concert Needs A Girl Like This One

Every Kindergarten Holiday Concert Needs A Girl Like This One

12.12.2013
The only thing cuter than kindergartners singing in their holiday concert is a KODA (kid of deaf adults) signing the show -- so that her...
Your Kids and Money Holiday Questions: Answered

Your Kids and Money Holiday Questions: Answered

12.11.2013
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...
Gather Around Celebrating the Stories of the Season

Gather Around Celebrating the Stories of the Season

12. 9.2013
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,...