Despite loving a good snow storm that shuts everything down, I have now joined the group of Northeast dwelling sufferers of SAD — Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is simply too white and gray out there. One snow day was perfect; the added bonus of many, a tad bit too much.
When offered the choice of "fight"... Read more »
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It seemed to mark some kind of milestone -- a point of no return -- that one went through on the path to adulthood. 2009 marked my older son's first Christmas without Santa Claus. It was, as was so... Read more »
Anyone who grew up watching Little House on the Prairie remembers the show where the Ingalls children find a tin cup, a peppermint stick and a shiny penny under the tree in the cold log cabin in Minnesota. In flapping night dresses and sleep bonnets they dance merrily around the fire as Pa plays his... Read more »
Here we are, in the last and craziest month of the year, when everything seems to move at warp speed. Everyone's running around like a bunch of squirrels on espresso (as is our national tradition), buying Christmas and Hanukkah presents, going to parties, checking our budgets twice — and trying to keep it all together.
I'm... Read more »
So I'm writing out the checks like they are going out of style. Summer piano lessons, summer swim lessons, summer tennis lessons, summer art class, summer drama club, summer soccer camp. I'm justifying all this layout of cash by promising myself that I appreciate the opportunities that this area offers and that this is a... Read more »
I’m not sure that the word "stress" should be allowed to take so much credit for all the magical hubbub going on around us at this time of year.
Balancing our holiday parties, gift giving, visiting with relatives and spending time putting in batteries can be viewed as stress or as LIVING! How about a perspective... Read more »
In the midst of a manic shopping spree last week, I found myself panicking. You see, this year I failed in my holiday duties miserably.
All my five year old son asked Santa for was a dinosaur tent. As tradition dictates, I frantically raced from store to store looking for it -- to no avail. (When... Read more »
As a flight attendant and the mother of a very experienced traveler, I am offering the following information to parents traveling with kids during the holiday season:
1. Brief your children beforehand as to what to expect. Answer their questions, then tell them that at the airport, they are to follow your and other adults'... Read more »
Next week our son Matt will graduate from college.
I couldn’t think of a more magnificent gift during this season. It reflects the hope and joy that all parents of struggling teens pray and yearn for, but don’t believe will ever come. I know. I was in that place.
Rewind eight years. That Christmas we were living... Read more »
One of the most important things a single parent can do at the end of the year is to get your family involved in Life Planning.
Life planning is more than just goal-setting and new year’s resolutions. It’s about living your life next year with purpose and passion. Its foundation is based on your discovery of... Read more »