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  1. Family Life
    'Tis the season for thrusting terrified children onto the lap of a stranger disguised in a red suit and a bushy white beard. The obligatory photo with Santa is so much a part of our holiday culture that we hardly think twice, ignoring the cries of our infants and toddlers for the (albeit brief)...
  2. Toddler & Child
    Spices aren't just for eating! There are many fun ways you can share their beneficial properties with your children this holiday season. One of my favorite things about this time of year is the seasonal spices-flavorful and warming, they can transform many of your recipes into a festive treat...
  3. Arts & Crafts
    Does anyone know of any Homemade Holiday Ornament Exchanges happening for this 2019 season? I've participated in some in the past... signing up online, paying a small fee, and the organizer matching me up with someone to exchange handmade ornaments with through the mail. I've tried searching...
  4. Family Life
    I never encouraged my son to believe in Santa Claus. I never wanted him to believe. Yet, at nearly five-years old, he does anyway. After our son was born, my husband and I decided we would not celebrate Christmas with Santa Claus. Striving toward honesty ourselves, we saw no need to perpetuate...
  5. Family Life
    It's quite easy to get swept up in the stress-inducing hustle and bustle of the holiday season. This year, I'm giving myself the gift of slower living instead. Ahhh the holiday season. Merry, bright, and extremely busy. So busy, we frequently burn ourselves out in an effort to please others...
  6. Toddler & Child
    When your heart chakra is balanced, you will feel a deep loving connection to everyone in your life. There are many fun ways to encourage children to open up to this connection. According to ancient Indian tradition, the heart chakra is just one of seven chakras, or energy centers in your body...
  7. Opinion
    The holidays are supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but if you're a military family, and your loved one is deployed, it can feel like anything but. I am one of the lucky ones. In almost 21 years of being married to the military life, my husband and I have only been apart at...
  8. Family Life
    The holiday season can make you want to pull your hair out. If this time of the year leaves you feeling more "bah, humbug!" than "merry and bright," we've got some self-care tips for you! I love Christmas. I always have. I love the holiday season, I love Christmas music, and I anxiously wait...
  9. Green Goods
    We're dreaming of a green Christmas! Going green this holiday season is easier than you think, and teaches kids to be eco-friendly for special occasions. It's the most wonderful time of the year, but it sure does come with its share of stuff, and most of it is of the disposable kind. Here are a...
  10. Single Parenting
    I am trying to settle our holiday custody schedule. What does your holiday parenting plan say for New Years Eve and New Years Day? Split it each year? Alternate each year? What are your start and end times? I can't wrap my head around it since my kids are babies and I don't want to be away from...
  11. Blended and Step Family Parenting
    This is going to be the first year that my daughter and I are celebrating Christmas with my boyfriend and his daughter. I am excited about it, but also a little bit nervous about opening gifts Christmas morning. Both of the girls are 5 years old. I will be honest, I go a little wild when holiday...
  12. Baby
    For anyone who becomes a mother within nine months of a major holiday season (and, taking into account all of the holidays within every faith and cultural tradition, that means almost everybody!) I have a radical idea for you: Simplify your idea of how the holidays will look this year. Better...
  13. Preteens and Teens
    I have NO IDEA what to get my daughter for Christmas. Well, I have a few small ideas.<br><br> This is where my thoughts are:<br><br> The rainbow loom thing with the little rubber bands<br> Origami kit<br> Nice headphones?<br><br> SIGH<br><br> What are you ideas?
  14. Parenting
    I stay as far away from stores as possible that day.<br><br> Also, I'm trying to get as much as I can from small local places, though I suppose that could be done that day. The huge sales though are places I stay away from particularly on that day.<br><br> But there are deals to be had! And I...
  15. Nutrition and Good Eating
    For those in the US - outside of the obvious, does your family have a special traditional food for Thanksgiving?
  16. Parenting
    We aren't that picky about mealtime generally, but Thanksgiving is slightly more formal. The kids usually can ask to be excused whenever they're done eating, but on Thanksgiving everyone stays around the table the whole time.<br><br> Also, no electronics. We hang out with family and visit with...
  17. Family Life
    Thank you to Mothering member fayebond for contributing this recipe. Find more recipes here. Ingredients 12 hardboiled eggs 5 drops green food coloring 1 cup vingear 3 cups water 1 bunch scallions, sliced 2 cloves garlic, sliced 6 T mayonaise 3 T mustard Directions Combine food...
  18. Family Safety
    I've heard that sparklers are one of the least safe ones!<br><br> We don't let the kids, even the pre-teen, light any, and they have an area where they have to stay. And then we only get pretty wimpy fireworks.<br><br> What do you think is safe, and what rules do you have for your kids?
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