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Holiday Mistakes Parents Make

by on Dec.18, 2010, under Holidays, Parenting

How many ways can I help you to rebrand the holidays?  I'll try one more time by sending you to watch the video I taped for Parents Ask. Tuck the ideas away, and enjoy the rest of this holiday for now. Then when all is said and... Read more...
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The Experience of the Holidays

by on Dec.06, 2010, under Holidays, Parenting, Relationships

It’s all about gimme gimme gimme right about now, the middle of Chanukah and three weeks before Christmas. Well, of course it is, because the world—the media, advertisers, merchants—focus our children’s sights on the stuff they’re going to get. Ugh!   In the end it is the experiences that... Read more...
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Let Halloween Be The Kids’ Holiday

by on Oct.22, 2010, under Holidays, Parent modeling, Parenting

“Professional Halloween Lighting” reads the sign on my corner.  Are they kidding? I wondered as I inched toward my house, looking out for any of my young neighbors.   My block is filled with kids of all ages, nursery through high schoolers. And their house Halloween decorations began appearing... Read more...

“Is Santa Real, Mommy?”

by on Dec.19, 2009, under Communication, Holidays, Parenting, Toddlers, Transitions

One of the signs (sometimes laced with a bit of sadness) that your child is growing up is when the inevitable question comes, Is Santa real? While it seems so simple, it is one that puts many a parent into a tail spin.  What should I say?... Read more...
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When Jewish kids want Santa

by on Dec.12, 2009, under Holidays, Parenting

As young children grow, their interest in and experience with the winter holidays change. This includes learning that different people celebrate different holidays in different ways—Christmas,Chanukah, Kwanza to name just three.  It is well within the range of normal development for young children to want for their... Read more...