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A child in the family means lots of big changes. There are education decisions to be made, playdates to host, new skills to learn, and lots and lots of books to read. Join us as we take a look at the everyday moments of parenting and the once-a-year celebrations, the big picture of childhood and the small details that aren't to be missed.

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  • Sponge Curlers and Christmas Cookies


    Christmas memories are some of the fondest memories I hang on to from my childhood. They are so vivid, and this is time of year I like to replay them like a beloved movie over and over again in my head. These sweet memories are part of my motivation as I exhaust myself trying .... read more

  • Is Santa Real?


    One of my favorite holiday memories involves a Christmas when I was about eleven or twelve.  I was old enough to have stopped believing in Santa Claus but young enough to wish he were real.  My older sister and I had talked about it many times, and we had decided that our pa.... read more

  • The Holiday Show

    A few years into the business of organizing holiday celebrations for my children, an inescapable reality has become clear -- Christmas from a child's perspective and from a parent's are two entirely different experiences.  For children, the holidays really are all about play.... read more

  • Best Picture Books of 2009

    Eliza Clark - The Delights of Reading » Essentials for the Bookshelf

    It always makes us happy to lavish praise on the work of the amazing writers and artists who make children's books. So below you'll find us gushing about some of our favorites of the new picture books of 2009. If you are missing a holiday gift for a preschooler in your life,.... read more

  • Holidays Are Delicious

    Ginger Carlson

    Holiday magic often begins in the kitchen. Creating traditions is yet another way to build creativity, and the holiday season is a particularly wondrous time to begin a new tradition or rediscover an old one. So as you step into your kitchen this month, involve your children, .... read more

  • Making the Most of Holiday Cards with Kids

    Eliza Clark - Celebrating Rituals » Keeping Little Hands Busy Around the Holidays

    Making holiday cards is easier than ever. Choose a snap of the adorable ones from the year, zip it off to one of many online photo services to be made into cards, print out address labels from your computer're pretty much done. Add stamps, and there you have it. One .... read more

  • Counterfeit Permission

    Ellyn Satter

    In FMF # 26, I summarized the principles of ecSatter by telling you that the common themes in all four parts of ecSatter are permission and discipline: the permission to choose food you enjoy and eat it in amounts you find satisfying, and the discipline to provide yourself wit.... read more

  • Holiday Parties, Preschool-Style

    Eliza Clark

    Have you been reckless enough to invite a bunch of preschoolers over to your house for a holiday get-together? Or did you impulsively volunteer to organize your preschool's December party? In case the prospect is sending you into a slight panic, Being Savvy has a few tried and.... read more

  • Promises Kept

    Zarlacht Atiqzoy

      My mother is a very wise woman, and has often told me to "never plan ahead more than a week -- things change." And she was right. When we returned from our very first family beach vacation last year, my daughter (then 2) asked me if we could go back again. I looked.... read more

  • Even More Fun with Two of Our Favorite Authors

    Zarlacht Atiqzoy - The Delights of Reading » Our Favorite Series

    Dr. Seuss Super Stretchy ABCCan you balance your ear on a drum while your feet stand on a kite and a wagon? Sound crazy? Expect nothing less from Dr. Seuss, and his infamous Thing 1 and Thing 2 characters that continuously find imaginatively fun ways to spend time indoors. .... read more

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