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Christmas - Hanukkah - Kwanzaa

Holiday Treats and Gifts You Can Make with Your Kids
Holiday Treats and Gifts You Can Make with Your Kids
By Emily Bradbury - Christmas is a wonderfully exciting time for children, and as a parent gives you plenty of opportunities to do fun and exciting activities together and bond as a family.Creating gifts for your friends and...
10 Christmas Decorating Ideas
10 Christmas Decorating Ideas
By Sonya Weiss, Interior Design -  It’s that time of year again when the holiday festivities turn to gatherings where the laughter and love fill a home to the rafters. Below are 10 ways you can decorate your home for the...
Merry Christmas -  Happy Hanukkah - Blessed Kwanzaa
Merry Christmas - Happy Hanukkah - Blessed Kwanzaa
Christmas Crafts - Christmas Songs -Hanukkah Recipes - Hanukkah Crafts -Kwanzaa Crafts - Kwanzaa Recipes

Happy New Year!

Three...Two...One...Theme! Count Down in Style with These New Year's Eve Party Ideas
Three...Two...One...Theme! Count Down in Style with These New Year's Eve Party Ideas
By Melisa CammackLooking to make this New Year's Eve one to remember? Here are five party themes that will keep guests from dozing off on the couch before the ball drops.
Healthy Appetizers for New Year
Healthy Appetizers for New Year
The New Year celebration is one great time to enjoy the company of dear friends and family. Are you planning to host a New Year's party at home and have everyone over to celebrate the start of the coming year?This is the perfect moment to highlight...
New Year's Party Healthy Recipes
New Year's Party Healthy Recipes
Chances are, you've already made a New Year's resolution to train harder and eat healthier.If you're ingesting the typical New Year's Eve party snacks, you're likely to break your clean eating resolution mere minutes after the ball drops in Times...

Parenting

Manners or Gratitude? Three Things You Can Do to Teach Your Kids to be Thankful
Manners or Gratitude? Three Things You Can Do to Teach Your Kids to be Thankful
By Addison Cooper, LCSW - Your seven-year-old makes a face at the dinner table and complains about the meal you've prepared. Your tween hops out of the car without so much as a thank you. You feel frustrated and unappreciated.  How can you help them learn to be thankful, appreciative, and grateful?
Parent Survival Guide: Keeping
Parent Survival Guide: Keeping "Christ" in Christmas in 3 Steps
By Sylvia Cochran - Christian Parenting -  Christmas has been creeping into the department stores since late August. Advent calendars have jostled for elbowroom with Halloween pumpkins while Santa Claus and the Thanksgiving turkey have been duking it out elsewhere.You are committed to keeping this year's Christmas holiday...
Taming A Child's Anger
Taming A Child's Anger
By Sharon Scott, LPC, LMFT - Counselor's Corner As a marriage and family counselor in north Texas, I have spent the better part of my career helping people—both young and old—how to manage anger.  It doesn’t have a quick fix, however, there are things that we can teach our children to help them manage this savage beast.

Features

Almost 55% of Babies Sleep with Unsafe Bedding
Almost 55% of Babies Sleep with Unsafe Bedding
National Institute of Health (NIH) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) study shows unsafe infant bedding use still common, despite warnings Soft objects and loose bedding — such as thick blankets, quilts, and pillows — can obstruct...
Kids Left in Cars -  Winter's Quick Onset of Hypothermia
Kids Left in Cars - Winter's Quick Onset of Hypothermia
Tips to Prevent Leaving Kids in Cars -With the start  safety thoughts turn to keeping warm and driving safely in wintry conditions. However, as temperatures drop, the growing concern of parents leaving children in locked cars – normally...
Holiday Presents, Children and Creativity
Holiday Presents, Children and Creativity
Sharon Scott, LPC, LMFT - Inspiring Kids Creativity This Holiday SeasonAn article in Newsweek stated, “For the first time, research shows that American creativity is declining.” It was reporting the latest results from the Torrance Tests...

Healthy Families

Brain Abnormality May be cause of SIDS
Brain Abnormality May be cause of SIDS
NIH-supported researchers find abnormality in brain area influencing breathing, heart functions in Babies who died form SIDS - More than 40 percent of infants in a group who died of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) were found to have an abnormality in a key part of the brain,  the hippocampus. researchers report. The hippocampus...
Living with Stress
Living with Stress
By Dr. Howard Peiper - Path to a Better Life -  It seems that there’s nothing we can do about our stress level.The bills aren’t going to stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day for all our errands, and our career or family responsibilities will always be demanding. However, we have a lot more control than...
How Too Little Sleep Can Kill You
How Too Little Sleep Can Kill You
By Doctor Seibel - HouseCall® - Are you so tired that you're irritable, having trouble focusing, finding it hard to make it through the day? For 70 million American adults, too little sleep has become a way of life that is contributing to an increase of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. I'll write more...

Recipes

Hot Chocolate Recipes
Hot Chocolate Recipes
A few delicious recipe ideas for Hot Chocolate Season. Add marshmallows as you're heating the chocolate milk and let them totally dissolve for a thick, gooey treat. Float a few more on top. Still have Halloween candy hanging around? Drop a mini bar (one without nuts) and let it...
Easy Appetizers
Easy Appetizers
By Jan Kremer -What do you think of when you hear “New Year's Eve party”? Do you think of a great start to a new year? A fun time with friends? Or do you think of bubbly champagne and yummy foods? No New Year's Eve celebration would be complete without some mouth-watering treats, delicious...
White Chocolate Buche de Noel: Yummy Dessert for Christmas
White Chocolate Buche de Noel: Yummy Dessert for Christmas
By Marilyn Morris - There’s no question that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. And this calls for celebrations, gastronomic adventures and more time with family. Now that Christmas is just a few days away, you must be thinking what recipe to prepare. Planning...

 

 

 

 

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Home and Garden

Green Christmas Gifts
Green Christmas Gifts
By Rick Valence -When it comes to Christmas shopping, many have enough trouble as it is simply finding adequate gifts at all without having to shop green too. However, finding the perfect earth friendly gifts for your friends and loved ones doesn't have to be a hassle. Consider these top 5 green Christmas presents as you hit the mall this year....
'Tis the Season for Family Rituals
'Tis the Season for Family Rituals
Sharon Scott, LPC, LMFT - Most people have mile-long "to do" lists.  Most Americans are sleep deprived.  And now come the holidays!Is it "Oh boy!" or "Oh no!"?  In your spare time (yeah, sure).... well, maybe on your drive to work, begin thinking about ways to simplify the holiday's as well as how to add wonderful memories to...
Christmas Decorations for Mantel and Fireplace
Christmas Decorations for Mantel and Fireplace
The mantle and hearth areas of your fireplace are excellent areas to decorate for Christmas. These areas are often a focal point within a room, so decorating these areas can really add a lot of style. Of course, the hearth is also the place that Santa Claus will pay most attention to, so you want to spruce the area up so that he feels welcome as...

Family Fun

10 Gifts Mom Wants for Christmas....
10 Gifts Mom Wants for Christmas....
By Cherly Moeller - Family Funny Stuff -1. What mom wants for Christmas? Christmas breakfast tea served on a real silver tray. Brilliant.What mom really gets... A sryupy Styrofoam plate from McDonald's thrown at the back of her head from her crying one year old. .2. What mom wants for Christmas? Month long spa candlelight massage...
Book Review of “A Year on the Farm,” by Holly Dufek
Book Review of “A Year on the Farm,” by Holly Dufek
A Year on the Farm with Casey & Friends By Holly DufekOctane Press (August 15, 2014)ISBN-13: 978-1937747565Are you still wondering what book to buy for your kids this Christmas? Have you been thinking of buying something that is fun but also educational? Have you looked for an interesting book on basic agriculture...
Christmas Decorations You Can Make With Kids
Christmas Decorations You Can Make With Kids
Christmas is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate the season than to decorate with the kids.Spending time together as a family makes for the most treasured of memories, so put some time aside to have fun crafting this holiday season. These three last minute projects are multi-purpose and can be used to decorate the house...


 

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The Best Excuse for Not Cleaning: Preserving Kid's Handprints

Kid Handprint Art - Perfect Homemade Gift!

 

I had this moment of sentimentality the other day as I was cleaning the mirrors in our bathroom.  Though not a household job that ordinarily brings me to nostalgia, wiping little handprints from the glass actually made me tear up. Did I really want to make those handprints disappear?  There are only little for such a short period of time, after all.

 

I put down my cleaning products (not such a sacrifice) and decided that it was time to get messy.  My kids thought the lottery winnings were theirs, as they heard me initiate the idea to paint their hands and let them print all over large sheets of flipchart paper.

Once we got over the initial fun of wild hand-painting (the only thing more fun than mere finger-painting!), the kids got serious about design issues.  My four-year old used alternating purple, red, orange and yellow handprints overtop of a hand-drawn vase, to create a bouquet of "flowers."  My seven-year old drew grass all around her sets of multi-colored handprints and titled her masterpiece, "The Hand Garden."

After witnessing these works of art, I had the greatest idea.  The holidays are coming and wouldn't these handmade pieces be great as gift for family?  The children loved the idea of being able to make their own gifts.  Gifts straight from their little hands to the recipient.

To top it off, I also have two frame-able, keep-forever pieces of art featuring those sweet little prints that I really do want to keep around forever.  Just in case, I still have a few on my bathroom mirrors too!

 

 

By Signe Whitson, LSW.  As a mother of two little girls and working as a therapist for children, she has gained a wealth of knowledge for families.  She has been featured on Psychology Today and co-authored a book "The Angry Smile: The Psychology of Passive Aggressive Behavior in Families, Schools and Workplaces." 

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