Holidays (30)

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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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Can the Easter Bunny Visit Jewish Kids?

What to do about a Jewish kid counting down the minutes until the Easter Bunny’s arrival — or a Catholic kid who wants to have a Passover Seder? Family therapist Suzanne Cooper tells us how to respond when children want to celebrate holiday customs outside their own family’s faith traditions.

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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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Teaching Manners to Kids

Many of our children could use a little manners tune-up! Check-out what kinds of manners our 3-6 year-olds are capable of learning from Sheryl Eberly, author of “365 Manners Kids Should Know”.

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Halloween — Ban the Booty?

Robin Miller, best-selling cookbook author, nutritionist, and star of The Food Network television show “Quick Fix Meals with Robin Miller”, shares her advice on how to deal with all the tootsie rolls, milky ways, and smarties coming our way.

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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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