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Holiday Baking with Children

The children start their Christmas vacation earlier than usual this year, leading Cabin Fever to think: nothing like a little holiday baking to fill the hours with festive cheer. I have in mind an all-family project. Wouldn't it be merry to prepare...

How Santa Travels the Whole World in One Night

When you were a kid, did you ever ask your parents how it was possible to visit every house in every country all in one night (you know, except for the homes of those who were naughty)? Perhaps they came up with something clever to tell you, like...

The World's Fastest and Easiest Christmas Cookie Recipe

Welcome to Dishing it Out, ParentDish's weekly food column. Rob Barrett is a dad who knows his way around the kitchen; his web site, Cooking For Dads, provides simple video recipes for dads (and moms!). You can read all the Dishing it Out posts...

Did Your Parents Become the Grandparents You Thought They'd Be?

For most of us, there was a point at which it was hard for us to imagine ourselves as parents. And, possibly, in the farthest recesses of our minds, it was even harder for us to imagine our own parents as grandparents. Inevitably, as we became more...

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa School!

When I was a kid my Uncle Bob, who lived down the street, used to dress up like Santa Claus and visit our house Christmas Eve to deliver presents. He was pretty convincing, I must admit, in his Santa suit, beard and bag of presents (it was actually...

Do Your Kids (Still) Believe in Santa Claus?

Do your children still believe in Santa Claus, if they ever did? Do you? I bet not. It seems every generation is less and less inclined to believe in jolly old Saint Nick. And I can understand why. His outfit, for one thing--it's totally outdated....

Fruit is the number one snack for kids under 6

Hey moms and dads -- give yourself a pat on the back. The NPD group recently found that fruit is now the number one snack food for kids under the age of 6, bumping cookies -- a longtime favorite -- out of their number one slot. They also found...

Another girl scout gets robbed of cookie money

So we've all learned that we don't go around the neighborhood selling cookies without an adult, right girls? In fact, let's all just set up a table outside the local grocery store and sell cookies with mom right there. That'll be perfectly safe,...

Girl Scout cookie time!

I smell cookies! After all these years, I still get excited when a neighborhood Girl Scout comes knocking on my door. Because they are only available once a year, Girl Scout cookies are a special treat that we all look forward to in my house. We...

Girl Scout robbed of cookie money

Would you let your ten-year-old daughter go out alone to sell Girl Scout cookies? Neither would Chris Grant, but his daughter did it anyway. Nicole Grant went out with a friend to sell cookies and was stopped by a twelve-year-old girl. The other girl...

A different magic word

Our kids are pretty good with the whole manners thing, but they're certainly not perfect. We've tried hard to model good manners and they do seem to have picked up on it. They remember to say "please" and "thank you" a fair bit of the time, but they...

Girl Scouts reinvent themselves

Contrary to popular opinion, the Girl Scouts are not just about enslaving young girls for the purpose of selling cookies without paying the overhead of a retail site. It's also about embroidery and cooking. At least, that's what most people -- and...

Just because it says "organic", doesn't mean it's fat-free

I have mentioned a time or two before that I am an absolute sucker for nearly any food that sports an "organic" label. Every time I buy an organic food I feel like a better mom. Apparently I am not alone in this, in 2006 Americans increased their...

Girl Scout met by gun toting granny

An 8-year-old Girl Scout who was selling cookies got quite the surprise when selling cookies. The person whose door she knocked on met her with a shotgun. The girl and her father, who is a firefighter, ran to their house and called the police. The...

How to help your child avoid overeating

Ah, the holidays. This time of year, many adults are worrying about the pounds they're gaining -- stuffing their faces with hordes of heinously sweet seasonal treats. And, while I'm a firm believer that an extra cookie or two never killed anybody,...

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