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When Relatives Give Your Child a Gift You Don't Allow, Things Can Get Awkward!

When my son was about 8 years old, one of his relatives gave him an Eminem CD. Having seen how intrigued my boy had been by the rapper's music when he had heard it at his house, Uncle X thought he'd found the perfect gift for his nephew. It was a v...If you're confident that your relatives have given your child something entirely inappropriate, you have to take a stand.

Dear Santa, Send Your Elves to MIT and Give Us Technology

This doll is fine and all, but I really want an iPad ... Credit: Corbis
There comes a time in the life of every evil genius when he or she is no longer content with a teddy bear or Barbie doll for Christmas. The little megalomaniac wants -- de...
Children of the 21st century want gizmos and gadgets, not dolls and plush toys.

12 Best Children's Books for the Holidays

Snow falling outside frosted windows, fire crackling, two girls curled in blankets on a cozy couch, surrounded by books. I'm seven years old and visiting my best friend who lives just down the street, and we are digging into a huge basket of seasonal...

Planned Parenthood Offers Gift Certificates

Looking for a special gift for that hard-to-buy-for, sexually-active female who lives in Indiana? How about a Planned Parenthood gift certificate? Available in values from $25 to $100, the certificates are good toward all clinic services including an...

New Harry Potter Book Hits Shelves Today

J. K. Rowling's latest effort, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, goes on sale today, just in time for all the Harry Potter fans on your holiday shopping list, the ones who are still mourning the end of the stupendously successful series about the kid wit...

Amazon fights wrap rage

Last Christmas, before wrapping Ellie's presents, I opened each and every box and freed the toys from the wires, tape and plastic tabs in which they were secured. I then put the toys back in to their original boxes and wrapped them up in pretty paper...

Assessing and downsizing Christmas gifting

In Little House in the Big Woods, Laura and Mary received a pair of red wool mittens and a stick of peppermint candy for Christmas. Because Laura was the youngest, she got the bonus gift of a rag doll from Santa. Kind neighbor Mr. Edwards saved Chri...

Getting the kids involved in the holidays

Now that the holiday season is here, many of us are busy trying to put bows on presents, hang stockings, bake dinners and all the things that go with the end-of-year madness. For me, it also involves doing all this with a nosy toddler underfoot. I ca...

Boy arrested for opening Christmas present early

Do you hide holiday presents on snooping children? Do you have to stuff knicknacks in closet pockets and tidings in obscure compartments to elude your persistent pre-schooler? My Mom used to have to go to sweeping extremes to keep our Christmas prese...

Gift ideas for teachers?

I have written about my utter adoration of my 2-year-old daughter's preschool teachers in the past. Honestly, I don't think there are enough good words to say about how my daughter's involvement in her school has changed our lives. While I'm not the...

What not to give for Christmas

A couple of years ago my daughter, Cassidy, wanted a guinea pig more than anything in the world. Well, she actually wanted a puppy, but seeing that her canine needs would be unmet, she instead set her sites on a guinea pig. Her small pet yearnings co...

Baby image of the day bonus: Christmas presents

Christmas presents. Sleepy eyes. Carefully-tied ribbons. Neatly folded paper corners. Boxes secured from the ubiquitous mall clothing stores. Toys, bubble bath, books, puzzles, candy. Everyone in their jammies. A calm before the storm. Then suddenly...

Must-have Christmas accessory for parents: Energizer 15-Minute Battery Charger

Okay, okay. I know it's two days before Christmas, and thus a teensy bit late for recommending purchases. But I couldn't pass up suggesting an accessory that's a necessity for any family with a slew of techno-gifts under the tree. Given that I just p...

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