Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are distant nightmares, we can start focusing on great gifts for the season instead of how much we'll save if we stand in line all night. Here are a few of our current favorites.
ORLANDO, Fla. _ Christin Rivas, 14, was fascinated by the small, round toy magnets that you can sculpt into shapes and use to perform magic tricks.
I felt like a little girl all over again, pig-tailed and knock-kneed, eager to be left alone to play. One bin brimmed with sealed packages of shiny new jacks and little pink balls, another with a collection of Pickup Sticks. In this cramped back room of a funky Gainesville, Fla., restaurant, there were also striped tops, harmonicas, several different versions of the cup and ball toss games, wooden whistles, chalkboard sets, paddle balls and whoopee cushions.
Question:My 5-year-old son is an only child whom I homeschool. He talks back, argues and generally wears me down. I need help getting to him to realize that no is no, that I mean what I say. I know I'm the problem. Help!
Dear Mr. Dad: I'm the father of two kids, 5 and 6. I love them fiercely, and I think we have a good relationship, but I worry that I'm a bad dad. One thing I hate about myself is that I can't seem to connect with the kids during play and I actually have a hard time making myself play with them. That doesn't seem like something a good parent would have a problem with. What's wrong with me?
Thanks to this year's late Thanksgiving, suddenly it's December and I have yet to jingle a single bell.
Our oldest granddaughter, who is 4-and-a-half or "close to 5" as she says, lives in an apartment building in a diverse pocket of Chicago within walking distance of Target, a thrift store, the lake shore, subsidized housing projects to the north and grand manses of the early 1900s a few blocks south.
Question: My ex and I have always shared our now 10-year-old daughter equally and have worked through everything amicably. Our divorce decree doesn't even have holidays set because we have always agreed how to share our daughter's time. He married a woman with two children six months ago and now everything has changed. He refuses to work with me and wants a set holiday schedule that matches his wife's children's schedule. I'm furious. What's worse is my daughter can tell how angry I am and it makes the back and forth between homes awkward for her for the first time in years. What's good ex etiquette?
Your 13-year-old is invited on a pal's holiday ski vacation. Do you let him miss Christmas?
The three sisters from Lake Mary and their mother all share a ready smile, a good nature and a quick wit. They also have something else in common: breast cancer.
A comprehensive new look at how mothers fill their hours suggests it's time to revise the old saw "A man may work from sun to sun. But a woman's work is never done." The new saw should be, "24/7, there's something to see. Make your own bed, I'm watching TV."
What mom doesn't occasionally dream of a candle-lit low-lighted home, but thinks it's nuts to have real candles burning with boisterous kids around? Enter the three-pack Flameless Real Wax LED Candles made by Candle Impressions.
Hibernating this winter with baby? Don't go stir-crazy! Here, moms share fun activities to do with baby while you're cooped up inside.
When it comes to food kids love, little ranks higher than pizza. But can you serve pizza for breakfast? Why not? In fact, whether made just for the meal or served as leftovers from the night before, pizza for breakfast might be just the thing to serve children who scoff at more traditional breakfast foods like pancakes or cereal.
One of my favorite things to do with my son is to be spontaneous.
There are a few essentials every new baby will need upon coming home from the hospital, and I've compiled a short list of several of those essentials in hopes of helping new dads everywhere be a little more prepared for their journey through daddyhood.
Last week we looked at some neglected girls' namesake names, now it's the boys' turn as we seek some equally distinctive names from American history and culture, names that could provide unique-ish options with interesting back-stories. What's especially evident here is how many of the unusual boys' names are mothers' maiden names that started out in the middle but were switched by their sons into first place.
Some days, I feel like our home is the neighborhood grocery store.
Around the holidays, there's one constant - and it's not your Aunt Tillie telling stories about the good ol' days. It's home-cooked food.
It starts out innocently enough.
It is that lull before the storm of holiday chaos and that means I have taken out and dusted off my favorite holiday word - "no." I'm sure that sounds Grinch-like, but "no" has become my standard holiday speak. I like "no," and "no" likes me. Together we organize my life, house, kids, money and the holidays. Yes, it's true. "No" is the go-to tool for a sane holiday season. Here's why:
The following is an excerpt from "The Official DC Super Hero Cookbook" by Matthew Mead (Downtown Bookworks, $18.99, 2013). Reprinted with permission from Downtown Bookworks, www.downtownbookworks.com .
About two hours after Melissa Thomason gave birth to her son Welles, she and her husband learned their baby had the chromosomal abnormality known as Down syndrome.
New mom Holly Madison is helping women reach their weight loss goals with the Holly Madison Diet. The former "Girls Next Door" star, 33, has teamed up with eDiets to create a custom diet plan and app for women who want to take control, eat well and stay healthy.
Some of us are still reeling from our attempts to coax a shred of Thanksgiving gratitude out of our kids.
As the holidays draw closer, your mind can start spinning with all of the items on your to-do list, and stress that results from trying to do it all - and doing it perfectly - can take a toll on your health.
Karen Plarisan's interest in "slow flowers" came naturally. She was sick of pesticide exposure.
The holidays are quickly approaching - and card companies are vying for your business. Now's the time to become choosy quickly. But the sheer number of options can be overwhelming, so we're here to help narrow them down before the holiday deadline and you're belated. Thankfully, many companies realize that there are a whole bunch of us who are pressed for time, and they've figured out great options.
A time of festivities and celebration, the holidays pose special challenges for people with Alzheimer's disease and those who are caring for them.