There's nothing quite like the holidays for young children. This time of year is thrilling and mysterious, full of comforting rituals and wild excess—treats, toys, relatives, dressing up, parties, up past bedtime—and children are at the center of it all. No matter what you.... read more
When we think of the people to whom we want to give gifts this holiday season, no one is higher on the list than our children’s teachers.Our kids adore them. They nurture and guide our children every day. They work so hard and earn too little. We want to show them our apprec.... read more
It's the holidays! Time to shop, eat, celebrate with the family, and break out the music! Although this time of year is one of the busiest and most stressful, it is also an excellent occasion to experience the abundance of music that's out there during the holiday sea.... read more
Every year, in mid-November, a friend of mine who lives across the country sends each of my children an Advent calendar. She does this because she knows that otherwise I will forget all about Advent until four or five days into December, at which point the kids will start comp.... read more
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
Thanksgiving was wonderful and delicious, but Thanksgiving is now in the past. As of today, there’s no avoiding the countdown to the December holidays. The kids can’t wait to open the “1” on their advent calendars, and we parents should also be taking a hard .... 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
It's the first day of 2016. Can you believe it? In our pre-kid life, we probably would have spent the day lounging (and recovering) on the sofa, watching football and waiting for the black-eyed peas to finish. These days, though, we have little feet and hands begging us to get.... read more
Every year on this day, my children, just like so many children around the world, will be taking part in a Christmas pageant. This one includes over 100 children, as well as live lambs, a donkey, and a llama too. They perform twice in the same afternoon, to an audience of over.... read more
We must all be having the same daily dialogue with our preschoolers by now: "Is it Christmas yet?" Not yet, my darling. "Will it be Christmas tomorrow?" No, sweetie pie, not tomorrow. "When? When will it Christmas?" Soon. Very soon! And so it will be.Perhaps a.... read more
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