Surviving the Holiday Season When You're Pregnant
Surviving the holidays can be a challenge for anyone, but if you're pregnant the challenges can seem insurmountable. From Trish Booth, pregnancy expert and author, here are four ways you can make it through the holidays (and maybe even enjoy yourself) when you're pregnant.
Baby's First Holiday Dinner
Sharing the fabulous flavors of the holidays with your new baby is an experience that you'll cherish. Socializing is part of the fun too, so reserve a seat (high chair) at or near the dining room table for baby to join in the celebration.
Avoid Decorating Dangers
The holidays are a time for spending with family and friends, not for rushing to the emergency room. While candles, Christmas trees, and other decorations are part of the holiday spirit, they can pose fire and poisoning hazards, especially to curious children. Learn how to protect your little ones with these decorations safety tips from SafeKids.org.
25 Days to Go! A Christmas Activity Calendar
Stumped for ideas on how to keep your children busy during the holiday season? Are you looking for some holiday-themed activities to foster the holiday feeling? Here's our "advent" calendar of fun activities to do each day of December while your kids are counting down to Christmas.
December Discipline for Naughty Children
During the holidays, many parents get their children to behave by saying "you better be good or Santa won't bring you toys!" Since it usually works, it's tempting to use this trick. Parents are better off to resist this holiday temptation and use whatever discipline they normally would use in a similar situation.
Grab a Little Mom TLC for the Holidays!
Moms are always busy, but there are certain times of year that are crazier than others, and now is one of those times. Schedule in a little time for yourself this holiday season to renew your spirit, re-energize your mom power and recharge your internal batteries with this list of ideas.
Christmas Traditions: 25 Meaningful Ideas for Families
The holidays are a time to revel in the gratitude and love we feel for one another. Here are 25 meaningful ways to celebrate your togetherness this season.
The Gift That Keeps Giving
We teach our kids to give gifts to other family members, and they often learn that you do that because that is what you are supposed to do, but these gifts are often given in exchange of gifts given to them. Let's talk about giving selflessly to people in need and teaching your child the same.
Craft For Kids: Homemade Christmas Dough Decorations
Are you looking for easy, fun crafts to keep your kids occupied? Here's a recipe and directions for making homemade Christmas decorations using dough. It's a great inexpensive craft you and your kids can do during the holiday season.
Pull the Plug on Material Access with your Kids
We have arrived in the 21st century with an attitude that our kids deserve everything bigger and better than what we had, including the latest electronic gadgets. Parents feel pressure to provide the material goods - the visual proof - that they have "made it" and their kids have the best. But where is the consideration of how this materialism really affects our families?
Struggling With the Holidays
Despite the joy of the holiday season, it's not so merry for many people. If you're struggling through the holidays due to infertility, loss, baby in intensive care, or other reasons, please don't feel alone. We have several articles to help . . .
• December's Games for Kids
• Dollar Stretcher Tips for December 11, 2014
• Share your baby's first and middle name in our fave picks!
• Birth Stories ~ Submit your story!
• What Is Normal in Pregnancy?
• Increasing Odds for a Healthy Pregnancy