Holidays (24)

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Confessions of a Store-Bought Christmas

Do all your “Everything Recycled, Educational & Handmade” Holiday gift plans ultimately end in a last-minute dash to the mall? Funnymom Maryellen Hooper cracks us up with tales of her all-natural Norman Rockwell Christmas gone awry.

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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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Love and Marriage…and Kids

How important is it to make a real point of showing love to your partner in front of the children? “Very!” says Dr. Laura Markham.

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What We’re Hearing

What parents can learn from the legacy of Nelson Mandela, 15 holiday children’s book recommendations, and 50 meaningful holiday traditions — these posts and more, all gathered from the web to support and inspire our parenting.

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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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Traveling with Kids During the Holidays

Whatever feelings you might have about the holiday weeks ahead, Kyran Pittman, blogger of “Planting Dandelions,” gives us some straight talk about how to travel right with the kids.

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What We’re Hearing

A teacher in Mexico bucks conventional teaching methods and his students thrive, why love is action, and are we guiding our kids to be too careful? These topics are addressed in the posts we’ve gathered from around the web to support and inspire our parenting.

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Kids’ Halloween Costumes: Why So Sexy?

Bare midriffs? Short dresses? When do parents say enough is enough to the sexualization of kids’ Halloween costumes?! Melissa Atkins Wardy, author of “Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween,” shares her insight.

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The Art of Manliness

Brett McKay, founder and editor of the popular blog The Art of Manliness, turns to the ancients for his definition of what it is to be a man and father in the modern world.

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