Holidays (28)

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Making Memories instead of Materialism

Unless it’s a puppy, will your child remember gifts from this holiday season, or the memories made? At The Mother Company, we’re banking on sweet recollections. We offer up eleven ways to create ritual that lead to family bonding from Susan Newman, Ph.D.

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6 Tips Toward a Happier New Year

As we give and give and give to our broods, our own happiness often feels like second fiddle. In part 1 of our series on Finding Happiness in the New Year, Dr. Aymee Coget offers 6 easy tips to instill into our daily routines to help increase the happiness quotient in our lives. Happy New Year to you and yours!

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A Simple Holiday: Fewer Toys and More Time

Feeling pressured to buy your child everything they want for the holidays? Kim John Payne shares why a ton of toys can be hazardous to your kid’s health!

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Redirecting the Holiday “Gimmes”

PRESENTS! The children have been waiting all year. But how can parents give to their kids without nurturing a sense of entitlement? Parenting expert, Betsy Brown Braun kicks in some great tips and scripts to help parents counter the excessive expectations of the Holidays.

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Pass the Gratitude, Please

Our littles might have high expectations for special gifts right about now, but what about the thanks? Annie Zirkel, author of “You’ll Thank Me Later – A Guide to Raising Grateful Children (& Why That Matters)” shares her ideas about instilling gratitude in the next generation.

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Halloween and the Importance of Make-Believe

Halloween lurks, and the excitement is tangible. Why do kids love getting dressed-up? Does this kind of make-believe serve our children on deeper levels beyond just the fun factor? Dorothy Singer, research scientist and author shrieks a blood-curdling, “Yes!”

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5 Tips to Yell Less and Love More This Holiday Season

Holidays got you stressed out? Find yourself losing your patience with your kids? Sheila McCraith aka The Orange Rhino, shares her tried and true tips for yelling less and loving more this holiday season.

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Ask The Experts: Is it OK to Lie About Santa?

The Great Santa Charade: healthy fodder for budding imaginations or the widespread promotion of untruth? A Universalist Unitarian Minister, a Rabbi and a Presbyterian Pastor pipe in on this cultural parenting dilemma. Join us in this thought-provoking conversation about what we hold dear for the Holidays.

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