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Holiday Power Struggles: A Loving Tug of War

Please pardon me if I have a mixed response to the approaching holiday season. Yes, I know I need better boundaries with both families but that is easier said than done. But even with the power struggles, watching my son experience the holidays is still a magical time. Perhaps it’s worth the extra wine I […]

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Boo Hoo Hoo: Co-Parenting Through Shared Holidays

Don’t plan to opt out of all holiday activities simply because your children are away. Plan to be part of a larger celebration with friends or other family members. Visit your place of worship. Attend that party. Wear that ugly Christmas sweater. Put out milk and cookies for Santa. Exchange Valentine’s Day notes with your […]

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Cultivating Gratitude in Our Family

There are so many important things that I hope my kids learn in life. Gratitude is one of those values that I hope my kids take with them into the world. Like many households, we try to instill gratitude in our children. “Please” and “Thank-you” are required vocabulary for my kids, and I have a habit […]

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Celebrating the Holidays Away from Family

Living far away from family is difficult, especially during the holiday season. While visiting family or family visiting us during the holidays is always wonderful, it’s not always feasible. There is always part of the holiday season for me where the holiday blues seem to sink in, whether it’s missing snow at Christmas, family gatherings, […]

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Too Soon For Christmas

My son LOVES Christmas. He loves everything about it. The presents, the decorations, the lights… But most of all, he loves The Polar Express. We first played the movie for him when he was not much more than 12 months old, and it was love at first sight. He’s 5 years old now, and his […]

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