Holidays & seasons

13 easy holiday crafts kids can make

Nothing screams the holidays like spending time with the kids gathered around a table putting together handmade gifts for family and friends. Grandma loves her macaroni necklaces, but doesn’t she have enough? Switch things up this holiday season with these crafts that are easy to make with kids of all... more

15 excellent non-toy gifts for kids

Toys are awesome — no one can deny that. But today's parents want to mix up their gift-giving a bit and give presents with more meaning behind them. Ones that tell their children they know who they are, where they come from, where they are going and exactly what they... more

5 holiday survival tips parents need to avoid losing their minds

Many of us grew up eagerly awaiting the holiday season — the gifts, the decorations, the yummy food, the time off from school and the warm feelings of family togetherness. When we became parents, sharing these things with our kids was supposed to be just as magical. Yet the reality... more

5 ways a housekeeper can help with your holiday to-do list

Is your holiday to-do list so long that it will take you until February to complete? Instead of stressing about everything that has to get done, hire a housekeeper or ask your current one to take some of the weight off of your shoulders. "A housekeeper is really supposed to... more

21 ways parents and caregivers managed to find joy in the disaster that's 2020

If 2020 were an emoji, it would be the exploding brain. And if it were a GIF, it would be the one with the flaming dumpster adrift in a flood. In other words, it’s been a tough go for many people — an utterly understandable response given the pandemic and... more

9 holiday conversations you should have with your employer now

The holiday season shakes up everyone's schedule. The kids are off from school, families travel and social calendars fill up with family get-togethers, holiday parties, church activities and school programs. So, naturally, your role as a care provider will be affected as well. You want to be flexible, but you must... more

How to teach kids about the diverse winter holidays

The holidays are a time for family to come together to celebrate tradition and to learn the reason for the season. While Christmas and Hanukkah tend to be to be the dominant winter holidays in American culture, December is a month with several other holidays, too. Teaching your children about... more

9 Christmas dog treat recipes

Why should humans be the only ones to enjoy home-baked goodies during the holidays? Here are 9 homemade Christmas dog treat recipes that will fill any pooch's holiday stocking with cheer. 1. Apple mint Christmas dog bones These minty low-fat and low-calorie cookies from Best Dog Treat Recipes will keep... more