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1.Sharing the Joy at Christmas time
Terri is one of those women other mothers either envy or resent. With two boys, both under six, she's always sunny and upbeat, even as she goes about the many daunting tasks required of a working mother as the holiday ...
[Added: 27 Nov 2006   Hits: 413   Words: 568]

2.On the Plane with Kids
It's not "over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house", anymore. Your new and growing family lives a thousand miles away from your childhood home, so a visit to your childrens' grandparents is a long trek that a horse-drawn sleigh won't cover. Still, your parents live for ...
[Added: 27 Nov 2006   Hits: 488   Words: 609]

3.Presents Vs. Time
It's hard enough for most parents to arrange good, quality family-time, under normal circumstances. But in December, with holiday preparations dominating so much free time, and talk of Santa's arrival dominating so much conversation, parents are lucky to keep up with their children's lives. One complaint that ...
[Added: 23 Nov 2006   Hits: 383   Words: 545]

4.Parents Can Help Each Other At Christmas
The first few years that they were parents, Gail and Darin dreaded the stress of the Christmas season. The difficulty of shopping with a child in a stroller made an already arduous task even ...
[Added: 22 Nov 2006   Hits: 397   Words: 576]

5.Planning for Christmas Past
Your child's at the age, now, when she understands that Christmas is coming, and that it's a very special day, so you're going out of your way to make sure you don't disappoint her. You've planned everything perfectly, because you want it to be a day the whole ...
[Added: 22 Nov 2006   Hits: 441   Words: 555]

6.Enjoy the Snow
Remember how your parents always seemed old to you, even before they reached middle age? They could never relate to you, they could never remember what it was like to be a kid. Now, you're an adult with children, but you've made a ...
[Added: 21 Nov 2006   Hits: 518   Words: 546]

7.Host a Santa Letter-Writing Party
So, it's that time of year, again. Your son is being bombarded with thousands of commercials, touting all the "must-have" toys and kid-gadgets available this Christmas. He's at the age now, when he pays attention, and of course, he wants everything he sees. And he's ...
[Added: 21 Nov 2006   Hits: 387   Words: 556]

8.Good Deeds & The Santa Factor
Looking back, it may seem a little like cheating, but my friend Annie found a way, several years ago, to instill in her young kids the habit of performing random acts of kindness. She didn't call them that at the time-this ...
[Added: 17 Nov 2006   Hits: 369   Words: 571]

9.Help Your Child Help Others At Christmas
Whether you celebrate the holidays for their religious significance, or as a time for the fellowhip of friends and family-if you have small children, you know that Santa's visit is definitely the focus of their attention. It's not unhealthy, according to most experts, for children to ...
[Added: 16 Nov 2006   Hits: 302   Words: 585]

10.A Little Bit of Christmas Trivia
He wants to know everything about everything, this five-year-old genius of yours. And he expects you to have the answers, right now. After all, he figures, you're so old, you must know just about all there is to know, right? So he's going ...
[Added: 16 Nov 2006   Hits: 468   Words: 580]

11.The Legend of Santa Claus
OK-it's that time of year, again, when you're no longer The Most Influential Adult in your kids' eyes. You've been replaced, at least temporarily, by The Fat Man, The Jolly One, The Old White Beard, himself. In some ways, it's actually a good thing, because as Christmas approaches, you ...
[Added: 15 Nov 2006   Hits: 455   Words: 542]

12.Gingerbread Men
Quick-picture the last gingerbread house you saw, in your mind. Now, without thinking about it, what was the season when you saw it? Chances are, it was Christmas-time. Few treats are as closely associated with Christmas ...
[Added: 15 Nov 2006   Hits: 442   Words: 474]

13.Remember Your Pets This Holiday Season
In the Martin household, last Christmas Eve was typical, for a family with two children under six. Marci and Dan got the kids to bed as early as they could manage- which really wasn't early at all, considering all ...
[Added: 14 Nov 2006   Hits: 392   Words: 569]

14.Snow: The Easy Explanation
Your five-year-old's at that stage-you know the stage-where he's discovered his own brain. And he realizes that the world around him is full of stuff he doesn't understand. But, like the genius you hoped he'd be, he sees no reason ...
[Added: 14 Nov 2006   Hits: 616   Words: 539]

15.Flying With Kids: The Airport
When you were single and traveling, you'd watch those families, whose small kids were already screaming, before your flight boarded, and you'd pray that your seat on the plane was far from theirs. Then you promised yourself that you'd get traveling out of your system, before you got ...
[Added: 14 Nov 2006   Hits: 286   Words: 540]

16.Spoiled Rotten Angel
You really lucked out, in the child lottery, didn't you? Just look at her, that daughter of yours. She's beautiful, obviously-everybody says, she's going to have movie star looks, when she grows up. She's healthy-just the usual childhood illnesses, and she's in the ninetieth-percentile of ...
[Added: 08 Nov 2006   Hits: 570   Words: 569]

17.Fast Food Mom
You got up at 5:30, just so you could have a few quiet minutes to slap yourself together and down a cup of coffee, before waking the kids and waging the morning wars: Getting them dressed, fed, gathered and off to ...
[Added: 07 Nov 2006   Hits: 385   Words: 554]

18.The Dreaded Stage-Mother
"I dread it," Barbara tells me. She's the head of the local community theatre, and is preparing to direct the group's big Christmas show-The Sound Of Music.  "By the time the show opens, I'm gonna hate it!" I assume ...
[Added: 03 Nov 2006   Hits: 326   Words: 563]

19.Sideline Dad
You scored great seats for this game-right on the fifty. Now, it's nail-biting time. Your team's down by six, but they're on the fifteen, inside the red zone-it's third-and-five, with thirty seconds left. It's now or never, as your quarterback keeps the ...
[Added: 02 Nov 2006   Hits: 335   Words: 564]

20.Adjusting to a Second Child
Nothing changes the dynamic of a couple's life together like the news that they're expecting their first child. And, later, nothing will change the dynamic of their young family's life more than the news that a second child is on the way-especially if the first-born is still ...
[Added: 02 Nov 2006   Hits: 309   Words: 616]

21.Christmas Shopping with Kids
Remember when Christmas shopping was something you could put off until the last minute, and then rush through, in one evening? Alone? Ahhh-those were the days, weren't they? Now you have little shoppers, and you can't rush ...
[Added: 02 Nov 2006   Hits: 309   Words: 499]

22.Keep Your Toddler Safe During The Holidays
For families with small children, gearing up for Christmas is like running a triathlon. There's list-making, shopping, party planning, wrapping, gift-hiding, travel planning, tree-choosing, tree-trimming, cookie-baking, toy assembling…it seems endless and impossible, until that blissful morning-December 26th, when parents everywhere ...
[Added: 01 Nov 2006   Hits: 333   Words: 572]

23.The Origins of Mistletoe
You smile to yourself, as you hang the mistletoe in a prominent doorway or from the bottom of a chandelier, every holiday season. You think about all the times you were kissed under it-or all the times you wanted to be kissed, but weren't. And this ...
[Added: 28 Oct 2006   Hits: 381   Words: 502]

24.Surviving Thanksgiving Dinner
When you were a child, this was the time of year you couldn't wait for. The holiday season, from Halloween all the way through New Year's Day, seemed like one long feast for your eyes and taste-buds. And, of course, the anticipation of Santa's visit ...
[Added: 27 Oct 2006   Hits: 365   Words: 599]

25.The History of the Christmas Tree
Your child's just reached the age where Christmas really matters. All the preparations, all the planning and decorating, everything about the holidays is an exciting experience for him. Along with the excitement comes the ...
[Added: 25 Oct 2006   Hits: 365   Words: 474]

26.Worried About What To Give? Try A Christmas Story
We all have different traditions, when it comes to celebrating the holidays, but one thing most of us can count on: It's the time of year when friends and families gather for fellowhip, food, and gifts. In today's world, with extended families spread out, it's often ...
[Added: 25 Oct 2006   Hits: 446   Words: 541]

27.Santa -I Want a Puppy
Uh-oh. The holidays are fast approaching, your child is at the age where she knows what it means, and she's already making wish-lists. And the wish you feared the most is the one at the top. She wants, she craves, she'll die if she doesn't ...
[Added: 19 Oct 2006   Hits: 306   Words: 580]

28.Yes, Your Child is Perfect - Can We Change the Subject?
Something's happened to your friends. It's been slow in coming, and it's taken you a while to notice, but something is definitely wrong. You used to be able to plan lunches or dinners or weekend get-togethers, but now your friends are always… unavailable. Even after you ...
[Added: 19 Oct 2006   Hits: 250   Words: 576]

29.She'll Always Be Daddy's Little Girl
She's your precious angel, a perfect piece of porcelain, crafted from your own miraculous DNA, and you're determined that nary a tiny crack will ever mar this rare treasure. At first glance, you may appear mild-mannered, ...
[Added: 16 Oct 2006   Hits: 317   Words: 548]

30.Just Wait Till Your Father Gets Home!
Since the days of the Neanderthal, these six words have been spoken with a solemn undercurrent of doom, always meant to portend a terrifying fate, always meant to stop children in their misbehaving tracks, and fill their imaginations with horrible visions of Dad-unleashed from all restraints of ...
[Added: 14 Oct 2006   Hits: 461   Words: 545]

31.Hey, Dad - It's a Girl! Now What?
You knew what was coming and you had time to prepare. What more could a guy ask for? You got over the initial panic-"Pregnant? How did that happen??"-and you spent weeks doing your father-to-be due diligence; you read the books, studied the websites, compared ...
[Added: 14 Oct 2006   Hits: 489   Words: 547]

32.Being a Daddy & Livin' the Dream
A few years ago (it seems like a lifetime ago, now) you were in your prime, physically and personally. You and your wife wanted a family, so you figured, it's now or never, right? You were in your prime, professionally, too, climbing that ...
[Added: 12 Oct 2006   Hits: 253   Words: 606]

33.Diffusing Sibling Rivalry
Another long day is over, dinner's finished, the dishes are put away, and you can relax for the first time, sinceyou can't remember the last time. You think about curling up on the couch and watching a little TV, then you get an even better idea: ...
[Added: 12 Oct 2006   Hits: 277   Words: 525]

34.To TV or not to TV
Most parents start out, resolved to be more enlightened than their peers, when it comes to their children and television. You did-you planned to substitute reading, physical activity, and family projects for that electronic addiction you grew up with. Now, you realize, it ...
[Added: 12 Oct 2006   Hits: 273   Words: 525]

35.I Don't Want To Go To School
It's something you might hear on the first day of pre-school, or out of the blue, after months or years of uneventful school attendance. Most children-especially younger ones-enjoy going to school. The daily comraderie of their classmates, the joy of ...
[Added: 10 Oct 2006   Hits: 275   Words: 589]

36.Family Time Takes a Backseat
If it's Thursday, it must be soccer. Or ballet. Or piano, voice, religious school, jiu-jitsu, or t-ball. Or is that Wednesday? Between school and all the available extracurricular activities today, kids-even very young ones-can seem busier than their working parents. Of course, we ...
[Added: 05 Oct 2006   Hits: 326   Words: 519]

37.Springing Forward & Falling Back
Somewhere deep down in your subconscious, you know you have a few more minutes to sleep, before the alarm goes off. You hug your pillow, and in the recesses of your mind, you smile, ...
[Added: 04 Oct 2006   Hits: 365   Words: 536]

38.Enjoy This Perfect Autumn Day!
It happens every October: You step outside on a Autumn Sunday afternoon and you can't believe it. Gone are the heat and humidity of summer, replaced by crisp, clear, clean air that fills your lungs in a ...
[Added: 04 Oct 2006   Hits: 794   Words: 583]

39.Choosing the Right Childcare Provider
Family life in the twenty-first century presents challenges our parents and grandparents never imagined. With the preponderence of two-career marriages, and a growing number of single-parent households, no longer is it a foregone ...
[Added: 03 Oct 2006   Hits: 317   Words: 374]

40.How To Make Halloween Safe, But Still Fun
As Halloween approaches, most parents share the anticipation of the scary night with their children, but not necessarily with the same eagerness. Times have changed, since we grew up, roaming the neighborhood in costumed groups, without adults shadowing our every move. Nowadays, parents wouldn't think of allowing ...
[Added: 03 Oct 2006   Hits: 430   Words: 558]

41.Helping Children Cope with the Death of a Pet
The death of a pet can be a traumatic experience for the whole family. For a young child, it can also be confusing-it's often the first time a child must deal with such loss. ...
[Added: 29 Sep 2006   Hits: 313   Words: 574]

42.Is your Young Child Ready for the Computer?
In less than two decades, home computers have become a necessary part of life for most people. In the twenty-first century, computer literacy is as important as reading itself. We all remember how daunting the ...
[Added: 29 Sep 2006   Hits: 255   Words: 538]

43.Bedtime!...But Mom I'm Not Tired!
We all remember how we felt, growing up, when Mom called out, "Bedtime!" each night. We resented it. She just picked a time out of thin air, we thought, and made us go to bed, whether ...
[Added: 29 Sep 2006   Hits: 320   Words: 551]

44.Pumpkin Carving Made Easy
As fall approaches, the leaves begin their annual change, the air grows crisp, and children's thoughts turn to Halloween. Most scholars date "All Hallow's Eve" back to ancient Celtic traditions, when the people of Scotland and Ireland ...
[Added: 29 Sep 2006   Hits: 736   Words: 549]

45.Children & the Scary Sights & Sounds of Halloween
As autumn approaches, the signs of Halloween are everywhere. Nowadays, by late August, merchants are already gearing up for one of the most lucrative retailing seasons of the whole year. And, it's no longer just about kids trick-or-treating on one night ...
[Added: 17 Sep 2006   Hits: 374   Words: 486]

46.The Day My Preschooler Said "#@%$+&" !!!
Even as your heart stops, you know you'll laugh about this, one day. Like, in 2046. It'll make a great story at the retirement home. But, right now, in the dead silence that fills the ...
[Added: 16 Sep 2006   Hits: 227   Words: 591]

47.Why Do Leaves Change In The Fall?
Its one of those questions you're never prepared for. You should have been. You knew it would come and you've already dropped the ball on so many other important questions, like "Why is the ...
[Added: 14 Sep 2006   Hits: 278   Words: 499]

48.Mommy...It's Football Season. Daddy's All Weird Again.
If you're a football widow and the mother of a small child, it's a question you may have to face this fall. You may be hit with variations: "Why does Daddy paint his face blue (red/green/silver, etc.)?'; "Why does Daddy yell at the TV?'; or, ...
[Added: 30 Aug 2006   Hits: 262   Words: 521]