You Can't Spell Families Without Lies - How Holidays Suck For Dysfunctional Families

From Thanksgiving to Christmas, there is one big, universal push to celebrate, celebrate, celebrate. Buy, buy, buy. Party, party, party. The cute Christmas cards come streaming through the mailbox every day, the school events, recitals, and class party emails start flooding your inbox, and everyone asks about your holiday plans.What are you doing for Christmas? Are you traveling? Are your parents visiting? Are you having company?...more

A New Holiday Tradition

Have you heard about the new holiday tradition? It’s non-denominational, it can happen any time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day and you can’t plan it (I don’t think).It’s the Traditional Holiday Fight and everyone has one.I never thought of it as a tradition until a friend of mine asked me if I had had my holiday fight yet. I laughed because, of course, I had. We are deep into December – it’s to be expected. She had her fight over Thanksgiving, which might be the way to go since it helps defuse the tension that is sure to build up by December....more

Gifting in the Time of Plenty

The trials and joys of gift giving and all that we hope our children learn from it.  (I was tempted to categorize this under "mental health" because it's that season, y'all).   http://planbust.blogspot.com/2014/12/gifting-gift-of-gifting.html...more

Feeling Less Than Jolly? Here's 3 Ways to Make Your Holidays Merry and Bright

Preparations for the holidays are well underway. As you can imagine, the days seem too short in comparison to many to-do lists. Are you worried about how to keep it all together despite the holiday hustle and bustle?It's as easy as these three quick tips to keep the holidays in merry and bright:...more

Want to Give Your Kids An Awesome Christmas Present? Give Them This.

Want to give children something truly special for the holidays? Let them help you with your Christmas tasks.I will never forget the Christmas when I took my four-year-old son on the Polar Express train ride, to visit Santa at his local hangout, to the tree lighting ceremony, and to the Christmas story time at the library....more

Why Holiday Eating Is Hard For Kids

The Holidays are fast approaching!  Are you ready?I love holidays.  I love seeing family and friends.  I love planning wonderful food. I love picking out special gifts for the people I hold nearest and dearest and I love remembering families in our community with love. Holidays are busy, exciting, and full of spirit!But do you know what else they are filled with?  They are full of kids that WILL NOT EAT WELL....more

Gluttony and Consumerism: An American Holiday Tradition

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3 Tips For Coping With Grief At The Holidays

It's hard to describe.It's bad enough that someone dies.  Especially if they are young.When it occurs during the holiday season, all the jingling bells and fa-la-la-la-las are a crude backdrop for pain.  The stark emptiness of loss throbs through your veins.  You can barely breathe....more

Christmas eReader Diving

Dia De Los Muertos ArtArtwork at the Dia De Los Muertos Festival hosted by MECA in the Sixth Ward near downtown Houston Texas. Copyright by WyoJones. All rights reserved. Used with permission....more