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How to Find the Light in an Interfaith Marriage

Christmas lights or a menorah? Different religions don't have to be a big deal in a family. Credit: Corbis You're an Irish Catholic school teacher who falls in love with a Jewish cab driver/aspiring novelist at a New York C...People just assume interfaith marriages will result in conflict, drama and sometimes even hijinks and hilarity.

Providing Comfort and Joy for Granny at Christmas

No family wants to think of Grandma as the Grinch who stole Christmas. But let's face it, rallying the kids to bring holiday cheer to Granny's assisted living home doesn't score high on the holly, jolly, best-time-of-the-year happenings list. This...How to make sure Grandma and Grandpa are doing OK at the holidays.

Please Don't Stop Believin' In Santa - Not Yet

A couple of weeks ago, my husband told me he thought our son was starting to question the existence of Santa Claus. I didn't believe him. My boy is a 9-year-old who loves the magic of Christmas, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy ... there was just no...I knew we were getting close to non-believer status, but I was sure there was still time.

What Are The Kids Doing During Holiday Vacation?

Are you prepared for holiday break? Credit: Getty Images
We've been talking a lot about the holidays here on ParentDish. One little discussed aspect of this festive season is the fact that the children get time off from school. A lot of time. ...
'Tis the season ... for your kids to be home from school.

Single Parents: How to Create New Holiday Family Traditions

Kathy Kingston and her daughter, Noreen, began creating new holiday traditions when Noreen was a toddler. Credit: Kingston family photo
As a single mom, Kathy Kingston says she strives especially hard to create the magic of the holiday season for...
For many single parents, traditional holiday celebrations are a thing of the past, and they are trying to create new magical moments of peace and joy that bind their new version of family together.

Are You More Focused on Family This Holiday Season?

Some gifts are free. Credit: Getty Images
A new study on holiday spending attitudes found that 77 percent of Americans are refocusing their efforts on family rather than gift giving. The study was published by Strayer University, based on ...
A new study on holiday spending attitudes found that 77 percent of Americans are refocusing their efforts on family rather than gift giving.

What Are Your Favorite Christmas TV Specials?

'Tis the season for Snoopy. Credit: Amazon
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ... on television! No matter what holiday you happen to celebrate, most of us probably have a Christmas TV special or four that we look forward to every year...
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ... on television!

Personalized Holiday Books Make Kids Feel Special

Your child's face will light up as he reads his name in this sweet personalized holiday book. Credit: I See Me!
Order a sweet holiday story book personalized just for your child, and watch her eyes light up like the menorah or Christmas tree. ...
Order a sweet holiday story book personalized just for your child, and watch her eyes light up like the menorah or Christmas tree.

How to Split Time Between the Grandparents During the Holidays

Deciding where to spend the holidays can cause stress to a family. Credit: alancleaver_2000, Flickr
It's supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but tensions over how to split your time up between all the grandparents during t...
It's supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but tensions over how to split your time up between all the grandparents during the holidays can add an extra dose of crazy to an already hectic season.

Teaching Children the Meaning of Thanksgiving

Teach your children about the meaning of Thanksgiving! Credit: Getty Images
Thanksgiving can mean many things: family, turkey, football (not necessarily in that order). None of those topics, however, have anything to do with the history behind t...

Are You Cutting Back on Holiday Gifts This Year?

Will your kids be unwrapping fewer gifts this year? Credit: Getty Images
Thanksgiving is almost here, and that means Christmas is just around the corner. No matter what holiday you celebrate, gift-giving is usually a part of the festivities. ...
Although the economy as a whole is in much better shape than it was two years ago, unemployment is still high and many people are struggling to make ends meet. Will the state of the economy affect your holiday spending?

Celebrating Ramadan

Ramadan is celebrated by Muslims world-wide. Credit: YimHafiz, Flickr The month-long religious holiday of Ramadan is celebrated by Muslims world-wide and is a time for reflection, self-examination and self-control and acting out one's ...

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

The Maru Montero Dance Company perform in Washington, D.C. during the 18th Annual National Cinco de Mayo Festival in Washington. Credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP
Cinco de Mayo is a regional Mexican holiday that celebrates the defeat of in...

Make-and-Learn Crafts: Easter Funny Bunny Ears

Hippity-hoppity, the Easter bunny is on her way. Photo: Gina Provenzano
Ask any kid younger than 10 to name the first thing that comes to mind when he or she hears the word Easter, and we can pretty much guarantee the answer won't be the resurr...

Parenting Dilemma: What Do You Tell Kids About the Easter Bunny?

"Is the Easter Bunny real, or are you the real Easter Bunny?" "Well... if you believe in the Easter Bunny, then the Easter Bunny is real." "But I just want to know if the Easter Bunny is you." She's four years old. And I'll be honest, I have...

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