The holidays are a wonderful time -- except when your kids are cranky, overtired, and over-stimulated. Then they are hell-a-days, not holidays. Divorced parents find that managing the holidays can be a huge challenge.
Celebrations and Traditions
The New Year is a time of fresh starts and new beginnings in many ways. This year, in addition to perhaps starting a diet or beginning to work out, devote some energy to developing a healthier interaction with your ex.
It's too easy for the holidays to become a challenge, to see which parent can buy the most stuff, the best stuff, or the most expensive stuff. You and the other parent have to make sure this doesn't happen to you and your child.
There are lots of fun holidays to celebrate this spring. Can't think of any? Here are five of our favorites you and your kids are sure to love.
The holiday season can be stressful enough without the extra added pressure of making one of the "big" holiday meals for 15 of your closest relatives or friends. While I can't give you an "Easy" button for your holiday meals, I can offer you a few terrific tips that will help you get through it smoothly!
So even though we placed a holiday moratorium on buying each other stuff there was absolutely no restrictions on the act of giving. Of course, without the stuff option to fall back on, we each faced the creative challenge of figuring out what to give. By far the best innovation emerging from our new tradition was...
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I am the assistant leader for my daughter's Brownie troop. For Christmas we always make decorations and decorate the trees for the local library and courthouse.
I need ideas for ornaments for the girls to make. We need at least 2 for each girl, something in the age range of 1st-3rd graders, nothing too pricey to make. We really would like to try to integrate their sewing patch in this. I would greatly appreciate any help you can give me.
Thanks a bunch!
We see the Gimmees when our children see another toy commercial, whine or throw a tantrum in a crowded store because, heaven forbid, the gift we just bought wasn't for them! By the time we are wrapping gifts we often feel more like Scrooge than Santa, having heard all the creative ways our children can finish the sentence "I want..."
Like many stay-at-home moms and work-from-home people, I rarely have a reason to dress up. (And by "dress up" I mean wear something other than shorts and a T-shirt in the summer or a turtleneck and comfy slacks in the winter.)
But if I did have to dress up because my life involved...