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Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Christmas Movie

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So here’s some recommendations for fun movies to watch with your children and the lessons you can learn together as a family....The pitiful Charlie Brown tree teaches us that no matter how broken or imperfect we are, love can fix anything.... Read full article

Bunny Bunny Goes Missing!

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It’s hard to know what toy your kid will latch onto, what will become the irreplaceable lovey or important, gotta-take-it-everywhere trinket.... Read full article

I Choose Thanksgiving!

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I love Thanksgiving and do not want to hurry it out the door.So, I plan to savor this season until November 24. Then I will focus on Christmas. But until then, you can find me dreaming of green bean casserole, applesauce jello, and rice dressing. ... Read full article

A Lazy Lament: I Hate Making Dinner

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After months of varying degrees of lockdowns and quarantines, we all have a better idea of what it means to be a stay-at-home parent. And while the time of truly staying home isn’t an accurate picture of normal times when we can actually take our chi... Read full article

25 Days of Peace

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The angels proclaimed on the first Christmas, “Peace and goodwill to all.” Yet, the Christmas season seems to be about everything but peace in our hectic, consumeristic society. We can sing all the Christmas tunes we want about peace, but unless we ... Read full article



Christmas All Around the World

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We know we love Christmas here in America, but Christmas is also celebrated across the globe in ways you cannot even imagine. The religious significance of the holiday is the celebration of the birth of Jesus, while the secular festivities involve a ... Read full article

Understanding and Coping with the Holiday Blues

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When I was a child, I was obsessed with Christmas, like I suppose most kids are. But, I knew that when the song, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” came on, things would get sad very quickly. As a first generation American, all I knew were small celebratio... Read full article

Oh Snap! Preserving Childhood Memories with a Weekly Email

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My husband and I have a running joke that I have a Swiss cheese memory–nothing dangerous, but I don’t retain things the way he does, including some memories of life events. It doesn’t take much to jog my memory, and of course, plenty of less-than-des... Read full article

12 Tips to Tame the Holiday Circus

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Are holiday traditions, parties, volunteer commitments and shopping turning you into a frenzied ringmaster of a runaway circus train? For your sanity and for your health, put the brakes on the holiday rush. Here's how.... Read full article

Valentine's Day Party

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February is a great time to focus on family fun and traditions by hosting a Valentine’s Day party.... Read full article

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