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One of the most difficult challenges for families experiencing transitions such as separation and divorce occurs at holiday times, particularly when it is the first event after a family transition.
It’s that time again — Santa spends all year watching little boys and girls but for one night the tables are turned, thanks to NORAD Santa Tracker.
When my husband and I started a family, I assumed that my babies would hand me a one-way ticket to holiday bliss. I couldn't wait to introduce them to all of the little traditions that I remembered from my childhood.
It was the first holiday in over a decade that I did not go to bed filled with a sense of longing for a "real" holiday. Making my own agenda and celebrating with likeminded people made the day much more gratifying.
I gather all the Christmas card photos we received in the mail and slowly peruse them, an undertaking I never have time for during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. I see smiling children, and increasingly I find myself thinking, 'Who are these kids?'
The second act is watching the joy my wife gets being around her two girls... or the pride I get when they grab my hand to hold it just one more time. The second act is teaching them to ride bikes, watching them play with their toys, seeing them grow out of each little outfit.
This year, we went to Playa del Carmen, made the varsity cross country team, and scored a gorgeous goal from 20 yards out. But really, that's not all that impressive. What's impressive is what we endured, survived, and supported each other through despite it all.
Going on a long road trip with kids is kind like watching a Ken Burns documentary. You have a feeling you should be enjoying it, but you're really not. And you end up just wanting to take a nap.
Friendships end, but more often they ebb and flow, even those that last a lifetime. And not without some heartache along the way.
If you cannot reach a NORAD representative right away, here are a few answers to FAQ's from their website. With Santa's arrival
This isn't all your fault, Santa. The focus on girls' appearance to the exclusion of everything else is so deeply entrenched in our culture that we often don't know what else to say to them. Despite our best intentions, we have no frame of reference to engage with girls on any level other than the superficial.
Earlier this month, she asked her blog readers to submit the photos they would NEVER use on a holiday card. Then, she went
As I frantically search Amazon for the perfect Lady Bug costume that isn't too itchy, has antennas and comes with a tutu (but not a black one, only red), I can't help but feel conflicted. Gifts are a huge part of the exhilaration children feel at Christmas, but I don't want it to be limited to that.
Now, she is 10 years old. A fifth grader. None of her friends believe in Santa anymore. My husband and I struggle with how long to keep this up.
Instead of showering your kids with a pile of this year's hot clothes, toys and electronics (which, let's face it, will probably be collecting dust by the end of the school year), make it a tradition to give your kids the gift of a memorable holiday experience
Now that I'm an adult with my own kids -- I'm expecting another one early in the new year -- I find a whole new plateau of pleasure in the Christmas season.
Between minimal downtime, extra social engagements and close quarters with extended family, you may find yourself wondering when and how you're going to nurse or pump. With a few tips and tricks, you can make everything flow more smoothly.
If you turn the holidays into a stressful production, that is how your children will view the holidays as well. Children reflect, model, and take their cues from their parents.
Setting New Year's resolutions doesn't have to be a daunting experience. It's the perfect opportunity to sit down with your children (both young and old) and have a conversation about how to set short- and long-term goals
Take a deep breath and hang onto your patience and that holiday spirit. Here's hoping your holiday season of togetherness is filled with happiness and minimal friction.