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Family Holidays

Put Down the iPhone: Top 10 Travel Toys That Don't Need a Charger

Cheapflights | Posted 08.24.2014 | Travel

If you're searching for ways to let your child unplug on a trip, here are our 10 of the best travel toys on sale this summer -- that don't start with the letter "i."

The Christmas I'll Carry

Janell Burley Hofmann | Posted 03.12.2014 | Parents
Janell Burley Hofmann

For me, it seems that to honor the holiday, I must honor the everyday.

Ski Apache-Style in Ruidoso, New Mexico

Fathom | Posted 02.17.2014 | Travel

New Mexico is an unlikely state for a ski trip. And Ruidoso isn't fancy. If Ruidoso were a shoe, it would be a Hush Puppy. No frills, but reliable and gets the job done.

5 Ways to Stop Bad Relatives From Spoiling Good Times

Deborah Pegues | Posted 01.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Deborah Pegues

Whether it's Opinionated Oscar, who disdains anyone with a different viewpoint, Sensitive Samantha, who gets offended by the slightest thing, or Critical Candace, who must point out your recent weight gain, you need an extra dose of patience to navigate the field of party spoilers.

Happy National Genocide (Thanksgiving) Day!

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices
Nicole Breedlove

In 1637 the body of a white man was discovered dead in a boat. Armed settlers -- which we tell our children were God fearing, gentle, sharing, kind Pilgrims -- invaded a Pequot village. They also set the village, which included many children, on fire.

'The Christmas Candle': Miracle of Faith Renewed and Hope Restored or Light of the World?

Larry Ross | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Larry Ross

As a pastor, Max Lucado is confronted with the needs of others on a daily basis. The Christmas Candle is a theatrical film based on a book he wrote. It tells an engaging story about a London minister who finds himself faced with the darkest hour in his life after his faith has slipped away.

5 Ways to Have a Happy Mother's Day

Debbie Gisonni | Posted 07.01.2013 | Women
Debbie Gisonni

Instead of wishing the day after Mother's Day couldn't come fast enough, why not embrace it and have fun? Here are five things you can do to have a happy Mother's Day.

Why is This Seder Different from All Other Seders?

Jill Patir | Posted 05.26.2013 | Parents
Jill Patir

Last night wasn't just special because it was a holiday; it was special because it was another opportunity for my husband and I to pass our beliefs and traditions down to our daughter.

The Kids Grew Up Alright

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 02.26.2013 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

I'm glad the world did not end so I could enjoy a few days of Forced Family Fun with some pretty awesome adults.

Why My Heart's A Little Broken This Christmas

Mary Kate Sheridan | Posted 02.23.2013 | Women
Mary Kate Sheridan

We were made to be sisters, and it was clear right from that first Christmas how well we balance each other out. Nothing makes this bond as clear as Christmastime.

How to Enjoy Your Holidays With Your Family!

Swati Desai, Ph.D., LCSW | Posted 02.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Swati Desai, Ph.D., LCSW

I have figured out the art of visiting my family and having a good time with them. I would like to share what always seems to work. I have given this advice to several friends and colleagues, and they all have come back saying how they had a very good holiday.

The Cold Shoulder At Christmas: Family Holidays With A Transgender Daughter

Ellsworth 'Derry' Rundlett, III | Posted 02.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Ellsworth 'Derry' Rundlett, III

When Nicole decided to become her authentic self, I was startled and unsure -- but time, education and counseling have made our parent/child relationship stronger than ever. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for our extended family.

Counting Down To End Of The World?

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 02.19.2013 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

Despite the skepticism from the 'real' adults in the family, after watching the 'End of the World' documentary, we made a family pact. Wherever we were, whatever we were doing, whatever our plans, on 12/21/12 we would be together in a place that meant something to all of us.

Taking Stock of a Loved One's Health Over the Holidays

Sean Kell | Posted 02.17.2013 | Fifty
Sean Kell

While this is a time for reconnecting and sharing special moments, it's also a time when issues related to aging and health come to the forefront as family members recognize a change in the wellness and safety of their loved ones.

Holidays With the Family

Christine Eads | Posted 02.16.2013 | Women
Christine Eads

This holiday season, look around your table and give thanks to those you chose to be your family. Your wonderful, loving family, diverse and dysfunctional though it may be.

Same-Sex Marriage And Being 'Normal'

Glenda Corwin | Posted 02.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Glenda Corwin

Thinking about why marriage equality matters leads to thoughts about why it's so important to be "normal." Yes, the cases before the Supreme Court are about equal rights under the law, about claiming the same rights as our heterosexual cohorts, but there's something about being normal.

The Holidays: Don't Let Them Win

Arden Phillips | Posted 12.06.2012 | Comedy
Arden Phillips

As exciting as the holidays are, there's no denying that joy and laughter are not the only things the season brings. Following are a few holiday traps I'd like to bring to the table, in hope that people will be able to identify and avoid them early on.

Trim Your Christmas 'Three': A Crucial Tip for Holiday Survival

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 01.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

Just like abstaining from carbs will trim your waist in two weeks, trimming three from your family relationships will decrease your load of "dirty laundry" in the same amount of time. Keep it up between now and New Year's Day, and you'll coast through the holidays like Santa on a sleigh.

The Last Supper (No, Not That One)

Al DeLuise | Posted 01.26.2013 | Fifty
Al DeLuise

I was an adopted loaf of white bread in a family of exquisite pastries.

Empty Chair At The Dinner Table? 5 Ways To Cope With Loss Over The Holidays

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 01.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

Causes of vacancy come in endless iterations and are particularly poignant during the holidays. You may be left staring death in the face. Or, perhaps your loss involves a loved one that lives far away and finances are insufficient to bring them to your door.

Handling Family Drama Over The Holidays, From Dr. Gail Saltz (WATCH)

Posted 08.15.2013 | MarloThomas

It's not always smooth sailing when it comes to holidays and those relatives we don't get along with. Dr. Gail Saltz joined me on Mondays With Marlo, ...

Handling Difficult Relationships This Holiday Season

Georgianna Donadio, MSc, Ph.D., D.C. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Georgianna Donadio, MSc, Ph.D., D.C.

One potential solution to transforming the holidays from stressful to joyful is the application of identified communication skills that have been researched and shown to facilitate changing difficult relationships.

Passing The Turkey And The Torch: What To Look For When You Go Home For The Holidays

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 12.25.2012 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

Holidays can be incredibly stressful. In the midst of all the activity and eating, they can also provide an opportunity to observe our parents as they age.

My Big, Gay Kinky, Universal Unitarian Christmas Spectacular! (PHOTOS)

Amy Shiner | Posted 02.28.2012 | Gay Voices
Amy Shiner

After joining the Universal Unitarian Church this past year, one of the major questions for me was, "What is my holiday going to look like, with my Catholic background meshed with my own beliefs?"

Families: The Possibility of Grace This Holiday Season

Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D. | Posted 02.20.2012 | Parents
Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D.

A mom and her 17-year-old son hugged and couldn't let go. Tears were streaming down both their faces. They had been estranged from each other the past two years and came to see me because they wanted to reconnect.