traditions 

Build Your Own Inuksuk: Official Symbol of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics

Has your family caught Olympic fever? Ours sure has. The Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics are taking place right here in Canada, and even though our family won't be travelling to see events live, Cabin Fever plans to mark the occasion in a special way....

Don't Kiss Santa, He Might Have H1N1

Santa could spread more than good will and cheer during the holiday season. Credit: Matti Mattila, Flickr
Swine flu is definitely not on Santa's Christmas list this year, and actors who play the jolly old elf in malls across the country are...

How to Survive the Holidays Without Your Kids

Kidless during the holidays? You don't need to feel down in the dumps. Credit: jupiterimages Just a holiday season ago, you might have been waiting for your children to go to sleep so you could fill their stockings, put out the presents from...

New Year's Eve Customs From Around the World

We'll be spending our New Year's Eve the way we always have since we became parents ... at home. Our trusty babysitters are lucky enough to have a social life (and an annual party invitation), so we stay in. Sometimes we have company, sometimes we...

Five Ways to Make This Christmas More Memorable

For those of you who celebrate Christmas, the holiday has officially begun. Whether you're working today, anticipating tomorrow's fun, or you already have a houseful of company, Christmas Eve is the kick-off for what is probably your kids' (and...

Have You Heard of the Christmas Countdown?

Ah, the World Wide Web. It brings people, information and cultures together like nothing else ever has, and probably ever will. The mysteries and magic of the unknown cease to be, replaced by the infinite possibilities of knowledge. The Internet can...

Back-to-school traditions - What do you do?

Traditions are an important part of family life. Traditions not only create positive feelings and a sense of belonging, they help parents pass their values on to their children. There's a good reason why, as parents, we often find ourselves repeating...

Boy's braids may keep him out of kindergarten

He's simply a boy anxious to start kindergarten, but even at age five, Adriel Arocha is learning that, sometimes, things just aren't that simple. Adriel's dad is Apache and believes that Adriel's hair should remain uncut for traditional reasons....

How do you define patriotism?

Beyond hot dogs and fireworks, have you taught your child the meaning behind Independence Day? I'll admit that I haven't even started. We have our Fourth of July traditions, but even my older daughter has only the vaguest grasp on what the holiday is...

Indian baby dropping ritual

Earlier this week, Angie wrote about Japan's crying baby contest. Though that contest may not be something you'd see in America, it's obvious that it's a fun, loving tradition for the families involved and that the babies aren't harmed or traumatized...

American adoptive families encouraged to celebrate their foreign-born child's traditions

I came across this very interesting little piece that appeared in the New York Times the other day about American families raising adopted children from China and exposing both the child and the family to Chinese traditions. This is done basically to...

Helping "divorced kids" get through the holidays

When I was growing up, I was the only one in my large group of friends who had divorced parents. I called myself a "divorced kid." While most of my friends got to hang out with each other on weekends and holidays, I spent my time shuffling between...

Are your teens no longer interested in holiday traditions?

Ahh, Christmas. If we believe the people inside the talking box, it is a time of family togetherness, presents, songs and good memories. And, perhaps it is, until you have teenagers. Here's a funny column from a father of four teenagers. Every year,...

The joy of creating Christmas traditions

Keeping with tradition (and, by "tradition," I mean something we came up with a few years ago) my husband and I pulled out the Christmas tree for decorating on Friday night. Since we have a 2-year-old and a 10-month-old, we weren't sure how things...

Thanksgiving Day family traditions, when to buck them

This year marks a new beginning for my family. Since my father died in June, we are all trying to pick ourselves up, function without his leadership and breathe through the days. As the holidays are approaching, we are also trying to accept that he...

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