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Holiday Card Etiquette

The holidays--they're the best time of year, and the worst. They bring out the best in all of us, and the worst too. How to get through them Hopefully with more grace than Jack Daniels (see Christmas Vacation for reference). And, yes, there is...

Should Doctors Keep Minors' Info Confidential?

This is a tough one. I remember being a kid on the brink of being a teenager--we didn't have the word "tween" back then--sitting in my pediatrician's office waiting to get examined or get a shot or whatever. That doctor was not someone I felt like...

Photo Cards or Traditional Cards?

One of the most fun things I used to do every holiday season was head to Barnes and Noble (or wherever) and pick out holiday cards to send to friends and family. More often than not we choose "Holiday Greetings" instead of "Merry Christmas" since...

I'm Thankful for My Children - But Not the Way You Might Think

Thanksgiving is such an odd holiday. It is the only time of year when we're generally asked to pause and take stock of what matters to us most. Generally, what matters most is family, friends, a roof over our heads and food to eat. This year we're...

Just a Lot of Folk, Sittin' 'Round the Fire Warming

I spent a fair bit of time parked on the freeway during rush hour over the last few days thinking about what I'm most thankful for. A lot of things came to mind -- music in its infinite variations and the emotions it expresses for and to me, digital...

Mommy-dating scene a tough one

Have you ever given someone your phone number, and then sat by the phone just waiting for the sweet, sweet sound of her voice on the other end of the line? And was that someone ever another mommy? Oh, yeah, baby, it's mommy-dating is time. And...

DailyDish - Partnering up on Halloween

Partnering up with other kids and other families on Halloween is safer and more fun than going it alone....

New Born Halloween Costume Ideas

Having a new baby can be tough. You're just not sure what to do, half the time, and trying to communicate with the little guy or gal can be daunting when you haven't yet learned the nuances of your newborn. Having a new baby around the holidays can...

Birthday gifts for girls under $20

Kindergarten apparently is the time when kids start including classmates in their birthday parties, because my daughter has been invited to an impressive string of them this month -- all boys. Though I have two nephews, I'm close enough to them to...

DailyDish - English muffin mini-pizzas

Cooking with kids can be fun, easy and nutritious! Start with mini-pizzas....

DailyDish - Don't listen to advice

When it comes to parenting, don't feel the need to follow or even listen to everyone else's advice....

Labor day - day of last chances?

For pretty much everyone, Labor Day signifies the last day of summer. Never mind that most kids go back to school either the week before or after Labor Day, which many feel like is the real end of summer. Never mind that the actual end of summer is...

I had dinner with another woman - and it was wonderful

We almost always have dinner together with the whole family -- Rachel, Jared, Sara, Ezra, and I -- and plan to continue doing so as long as the kids are still living with us. That's the way my folks did it and I think there are definite benefits to...

When you can't get a sitter

Ever have one of those nights? You really need to get out of the house, perhaps spend some time with your spouse, significant other or just yourself, but you can't get a sitter. Or, maybe you had a sitter and he/she bailed on you at the last...

Engaged and underage

As you may be aware, MTV has a show on the air called Engaged and Underage. Now in its second season, the show follows young couples headed down the aisle--couples family and friends think are too young to be doing so. Last year's season...

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