It's probably true for most of us that the month of December has special significance and meaning. Each of us has our own often emotion-laden memories of whatever traditions we grew up with: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the Winter Solstice or some hybrid of the four. When I .... read more
We at the Savvy Source struggle to keep the holidays distinct (and therefore discernible) to our children. We struggle mightily against the big blur that the holidays can become, and sometimes, the calendar makes our struggle pointless: Thanksgiving, the end of the school seme.... read more
Hanukkah is almost here. If you haven't started already now is the time to get organized, get ready, get the story straight, get your dreidel-spinning skills in shape, and get excited for the Festival of Lights. To help you on your way are a few of our favorite Hanukkah.... read more
There is such a build up to the holidays. As December approaches, we imagine how much fun the season will be ...sugar plum fairies and all. Our heads are flooded with warm memories of the winter holidays from our own childhoods. Then, the day after Halloween it hits: gifts.... read more
As parents of young children, we have so much to be thankful for. We may not feel thankful every single second, especially during the tired and cranky seconds, but every day with children offers countless small moments of grace. So, this Thanksgiving, let's count at least a fe.... read more
Parents spend a lot of time reminding their children to say please and thank you. “What do you say?” is one those refrains we never thought we’d hear ourselves say…and yet, we say it all the time.But what about the flip side? How often do we remind ourselves to express.... read more
As a child in the early 70s, we had very traditional Thanksgivings at my grandparent's home. My sisters and I would be dressed in homemade matching dresses, in the loudest fabric the decade could provide. My brother wore a suit, as did all the other men, and of course all the .... read more
Halloween’s hedonistic greediness is past (has the candy "gone bad" and disappeared at your house yet?), and the Thanksgiving season is upon us. For those of us with young children who tend to mark the passage of time according to holidays and seasons, this new phase of th.... read more
Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree is one of the many books that our generation has rediscovered upon becoming parents. It's ubiquitous—found in every library, bookstore, and preschool classroom. And yet, rereading it again for the first time in thirty (or so) years can come.... read more
Thanksgiving, as hard as it is to believe, is now just a couple of days away, and the time seems right, on the cusp of this season of feasting and family, to take stock of all the abundance in our lives. Whether you count your blessings, thank your lucky stars, or just ruminat.... read more
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