Holiday Travel with Little Ones: Tips, Tricks & Deep Breaths

It’s that time of year again: the Holiday Season. Thanks to a quick Google search, I’ve learned that last year 30% of Americans traveled during the holidays. And while I love a good trip just as much as the next traveler, I know how stressful holiday traveling can be when you add a few small children to the mix. Throw in inclement weather, unpredictable air traffic and all the stuff that children require for traveling, and a crippling anxiety sets…

Tips for Less Holiday Stress

The holiday season is a time for making special memories with your family, but it also can be filled with tremendous stress. Between busy schedules, budget-busting shopping sprees and all of the preparations that go into bringing family together, what should be a time for relaxing and enjoying each other’s company can quickly become overwhelming. Stress usually starts in parents, but it can quickly trickle down to children; and when children feel stressed, the entire household can turn into a…

Avoiding Holiday ‘Mom Guilt’

If it were acceptable for adults to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what we want for Christmas this year, I’d ask for two things: (1) a 25th hour in every day and (2) a magic wand to rid all moms of this pesky thing called “mom guilt.” You know what I’m talking about; a conference call scheduled for 5 p.m. lasts longer than you anticipated, so your child is the last one to be picked up from school…

Cooking Together This Holiday Season

The downtime we have during the holidays is the perfect opportunity to spend time in the kitchen with your children. Teaching children the love and joy of cooking is a wonderful gift. It also allows for quality time together doing a meaningful activity that will stay with them for years to come. I have such fond memories of cooking with my mother when I was young.  Cooking doesn’t have to be complicated or take a long time, but family members…

What I’m Grateful For This Year

A few months ago, I was speaking with a parent-friend of mine about children and what life is like after you have them. Now, I'm not one to romanticize parenthood. I love my son, but I'm not infatuated with him. Nor can I, in good conscience, play the put-upon daddy card. Yes, Bennett is a lot of work, and, yes, this is unpaid labor. Does my home life feel like a modern remake of Les Misérables? Not really. "Talk to…

Making Mother’s Day Wishes Come True

Mother’s Day has always been special because I’m able to spend the day with the people who matter most to me. When my children were young, we lived near Washington, D.C. One of my favorite family outings was walking up and down the National Mall on Mother’s Day, popping in and out of museums and stopping for an ice cream snack from the street vendor. Nothing was more special than taking time out from our busy schedules to focus on…

7 Tips for Enjoying Holiday Meals with Your Infant

This holiday season will be my daughter’s first. She turns 1 year old in January. While she is eating a wide variety of foods and textures, she isn’t quite to the point of eating everything we do. For our holiday celebrations I will have to make some modifications so that she can enjoy our traditional foods and feel involved while still eating appropriately for her age. She is quite the headstrong little lady who wants to eat everything we eat…

5 Tips for Surviving the Holidays

Thanksgiving is almost here, which signals the beginning of the holiday season. This time of year there are many festivities to look forward to: school parties, holiday parties, neighborhood parties and so on. It’s easy to get caught up in all of the excitement or become stressed as the family jumps from one activity to the other leaving normal routines, including nutrition, behind. How do you keep your family on a healthy track while still enjoying the season? Here are…
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