Seasons & Holidays

Practice Appreciation: Make a Holiday Gratitude Tree

There's nothing better than a gratitude tree to remind us daily of all the things we are lucky enough to have in our lives.

Let the warm fuzzies of feeling grateful for the things and people in your life spread beyond Thanksgiving Day with a simply sweet family art project: hanging tags bedecked with thankful thoughts from a branch. Working on it will help your child learn about core concepts of gratitude and appreciation. Whether you hang the finished

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Tamale, Pierogi, Pecan Pie: Celebrate Your Family’s Culinary History

Teach your family's history by bringing history and your children into the kitchen! Photo © Cherish Bryck

Did you grandparents emigrate from another country but keep making perogies, tamales, or bánh tét? Can you remember the smell of your Texan grandmother’s famous pecan pie? Research shows that it’s important to share family history with our children. Here in America, where so many generational stories have been lost over the expanse of the

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A Fall Centerpiece Made By (and for) Little Hands


Fall is a fabulous time to learn about color, shape, and texture: Think beautiful red maple leaves, bumpy orange gourds, and smooth brown chestnuts. Bring the beauty of fall to your home, and encourage your child to explore these concepts, by creating a coffee-table centerpiece filled with autumnal objects he’s free to touch—and touch and

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Crantastic! 10 Things To Do with Your Leftover Cranberry Sauce

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Ruby-hued cranberry sauce adds that perfect sweet-tart touch to your savory Thanksgiving feast—but you’ve probably noticed that one bag of cranberries makes a heackuva lot of sauce, leaving you with a heckuva lot of leftovers.  Of course, you can use cranberry as a turkey-sandwich filler (highly recommended) but you could also give this holiday side

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Penguin Power: When Walking on Ice, Take a Tip From an Arctic Expert

When the temperatures drop, do the penguin walk. Photo by photorom.

Well before the first snow storms hit, freezing temperatures can turn parking lots, sidewalks, and streets into winter versions of a Slip ‘n Slide®. While icy slips and falls have provided plenty of fodder for America’s Funniest Home Videos, we want our families (and all families) to stay upright and safe, whether they’re coming in

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10 Good Ways Families Can Do Good During the Holidays

Photo © energyy

It’s natural that many young children will make simple associations with the upcoming holidays: Thanksgiving=turkey! Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa =presents! It’s also natural that many modern parents want to show their children the deeper meaning of ideas like “gratitude” and “generosity.” One of the best ways to teach these concepts? Get out into you community as a family

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7 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes for the Grownups

Photo © Michela Ravasio/Stocksy United

By Anna Sachse We’ve all been there. It’s the day before (or day of!) Halloween and your little firefighter/ballerina/robot is demanding that you dress up, too—and you’ve got nothing to wear. My own children have already let me know that the “I’m-dressed-as-a-tired-mommy” shtick I used last year isn’t going to fly. Of course, you can

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