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10 Gifts For Parents Who Need To Chill

10 Gifts For Parents Who Need To Chill

Lori Leibovich and Mandy Velez  12. 6.2013
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...
Top 5 Gift Choices To Move Beyond The Toy Hype

Top 5 Gift Choices To Move Beyond The Toy Hype

12. 6.2013
Focus on toys that will teach your children something new, broaden their horizons about who they become and give them the lasting gift...
7 Gifts All New Parents Really Need

7 Gifts All New Parents Really Need

12. 6.2013
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...
Why I'm Buying My Kids A Lot of Presents

Why I'm Buying My Kids A Lot of Presents

12. 6.2013
I realize I'm writing a defense of consumerism. A treatise on spoiling. But it's one day. One day I can say "yes."
How Can We Reclaim the Holiday Season From Corporations?

How Can We Reclaim the Holiday Season From Corporations?

12. 6.2013
Kids need to play. It is vitally important to their development. But they don't need to play with Elmo or a hunk of plastic that recites...
Avoid the Pitfalls of Gift-Centered Holidays: Empower Children by Planning Together

Avoid the Pitfalls of Gift-Centered Holidays: Empower Children by Planning Together

12. 5.2013
Regardless of each family's beliefs, holidays provide a unique opportunity to teach our children about our individual and shared family...
He Knows if You've Been Naughty or Nice -- So Do Your Kids

He Knows if You've Been Naughty or Nice -- So Do Your Kids

12. 4.2013
As with most lessons, your children learn from example. When you're among the hoards stuck in a department store the week before Christmas...
Before You Make Your Shopping List for the Holidays: Consider the Message Your Gift Sends to a Girl

Before You Make Your Shopping List for the Holidays: Consider the Message Your Gift Sends to a Girl

12. 3.2013
Do all girls like pink? Do all girls want to play princess and be rescued by a prince? I am passing on the pink and getting science and...
A Wonderful Thing Happened When I Turned Christmas Over To My 7-Year-Old

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

12. 2.2013
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...
Where The Best Holiday Traditions Really Come From

Where The Best Holiday Traditions Really Come From

11.29.2013
I sort of doubt that these mothers who came before us set out to "be intentional" about their holiday traditions. My guess is that they...
What They're Thankful For

What They're Thankful For

11.28.2013
Ask any parent for their gratitude list this time of year, and almost always their children will be at the top. But it is always interesting...
Beat the Stress: Go for Good Enough This Holiday Season

Beat the Stress: Go for Good Enough This Holiday Season

11.27.2013
Why not resist the urge to channel your inner Martha Stewart and aim for a good enough holiday instead? Good enough holidays can actually...
Skip the Lines: Shop Black Friday Online -- While Eating Pie!

Skip the Lines: Shop Black Friday Online -- While Eating Pie!

11.27.2013
Rather than camp out in the cold -- or deal with an elbow-flinging mob hot on the trail of a marked-down Furby Boom -- I'll be doing my...
5 Ways To Teach Kids Gratitude This Thanksgiving

5 Ways To Teach Kids Gratitude This Thanksgiving

11.27.2013
Thanksgiving gives us a chance to renew our commitment to living full lives of gratitude, and to help our children do the same.