Families want their holidays to be special and happy for everyone, especially the children. But what many parents fail to remember is that the holiday season can be a time of hustle and bustle -- and a never-ending whirlwind of stress for their children.
Samhain, popularly known as Halloween or All Hallows Eve, begins at sundown on October 31st. This is a magical holiday that dates back to the British Isles. The Celts called it Samhain ("sow-in") meaning "summers end" or "Last Harvest".
'Tis the season when cookies get their very own food group. So how do you keep total anarchy from erupting at the very time of year when your own stress-o-meter is in overdrive? By steering clear of the top three holiday discipline traps, that's how.
When Sarah and I got back to our room and turned off the light, I felt her round stomach and got a lump in my throat. Why had a handful of our friends lost their pregnancies, where we did not? Why us?
With the holidays, this week has been a crazy one. I went to see my OB on Friday. It was awful! My appointment was supposed to be at 9:15 and she didn't come into the room to see me until 10:45.
Go through each child's room with them and create a "give-away" box of gently used items to pass on to kids who need them. Don't force kids to share before they're ready. And don't force your kids to give things up "because others are needy." Giving shouldn't be painful.
Disrupted schedules, traveling with little ones, the crash and burn from all the excitement -- Holidays can easily be a recipe for tears and tantrums. How can parents manage life in December to maximize the joy and minimize the tears? Here, our top ten tips for creating a season of meaning and wonderful memories for yourself and your kids.
It's the thought that counts, and the love that goes into it. No need to spend a fortune on gifts, your kids will love making them for grandparents, cousins and teachers, and the recipients will treasure them. Remember that your goal is to have fun with your child and give a token of affection.
Want more family togetherness and deeper meaning this holiday season? First, just say no to everything that feels obligatory. Then pick a few traditions -- not a whole list. You'll find they gain meaning as you revisit them every year, regardless of whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanza, Christmas, or Solstice.