New Year's festivities, it seems, are a way of celebrating new beginnings for their own sake. Something must be left behind, but something exciting, if not entirely known, is ahead. And so we come together to toast and rejoice. Those of us raising small children are immer.... read more
We all know just how impossible it is to find a babysitter on New Year's Eve. And we also know just how impossible it is for the little ones to stay up far past their bedtimes, much less til midnight. So does life with young children mean an end to New Year's Eve fun? .... read more
It's almost the first day of 2014. 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.... read more
The week between Christmas and New Year's Eve is a special time. Many of us are on vacation, and for others the pace of work has slowed. We are given a reprieve of sorts, for just this one week, and a chance to reflect on the year that has passed.The kids, of course, are busy .... read more
At this dark time of year, we can't get enough of celebrating light. Today marks the beginning of Kwanzaa, another occasion for bringing families together by candlelight.Our focus on the creation and nurturing of family rituals this month makes us especially interested in the.... 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
It's finally, finally, almost the morning your kids have been waiting 366 days for (darn leap year). The last thing you want is for anything to come between your kids and the memories that are waiting under the tree. Here are a few things you can do before the wrapping paper s.... read more
Sometimes in all the rushing around, we forget to slow down and enjoy the moments. Shopping together takes the place of sitting around the fire roasting marshmallows. Hopping from party to party supplants taking the time to walk around and sing carols to your neighbors. It's h.... read more
We are looking forward to being on break with the kids, aren't you? No alarm clocks, no rousting slumbering children from their beds (which goes contrary to our every instinct) in order to catch the school bus. No big hurry to get everyone presentable in the morning, n.... 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
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