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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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  • It Came Upon a Noontime Clear

    Laura Stallard Petza

    My son was born exactly three weeks before Christmas, on an unseasonably warm, dark, starlit morning that smelled of antiseptic and sugar cookies. When he arrived, after a noisy, bewilderingly short labor, he was pale and heavy and beautiful. He was sharp nails; he was hunger;.... read more

  • Christmas Tree of 1979


    There is something about the age of six during the holidays. My son is six, and he has truly wrapped himself within the magic that is Christmas. His questions and Christmas considerations are hopeful and breathless. Everything is real. The possibilities are endless. Family and.... read more

  • A Little Bit of Christmas Magic


    Christmas is a magical time of year, few will deny that. My mother loved to emphasize the magic of Christmas, and now I love creating that magic for my own children. My favorite Christmas memory started at my grandma's house. My siblings and I were disappointed when we realiz.... read more

  • What's in Your Shampoo?

    Good Guide - Parenting Choices » Smart Tips

    Main IngredientThe main ingredients in shampoo are surfactants, chemicals which help remove the waxy oil secreted by hair follicles. Unfortunately, many of these are irritating or allergenic. In 2004 the American Contact Dermatitis Society named the surfactant cocamidopropyl b.... read more

  • The Christmas Spirit


    You know it's almost impossible for me to select just one special Christmas childhood memory, there are too many to decide. My parents made sure that pretty much each and every one of our family celebrations were full of the Christmas spirit, with lots of food and special trea.... read more

  • December Memories

    Jacque Grillo

    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

  • 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

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