Topic: Christmas

10 Adult Items That Kids Like Better Than Toys

10 Adult Items That Kids Like Better Than Toys

I am deep into Christmas break with my kids and as we come into the home stretch, I am already noticing that some Christmas presents are just “meh” to them. Toys I would have DIED to have as a kid are taking a backseat to, shall we say, simpler pleasures. Of course the video game systems are still a big hit and probably will be for a long time but some of the lesser gifts pale in comparison to their perennial favorites. And these favorites are largely not toys, but adult items that kids like better than toys. More »

The Only Shopping Day Worse Than Black Friday Is The Day After Christmas

The Only Shopping Day Worse Than Black Friday Is The Day After Christmas

The Christmas holiday is almost over. So many of us are currently basking in a cloud of tissue paper, gifts and empty eggnog mugs- breathing a sigh of relief. All that shopping, gift wrapping and preparation is finally over. I think it’s safe to say that most people have had enough of humanity for one holiday season and are relieved to be done pushing through the crowds. I know the mall is the last place I want to be for at least another few weeks. However, not everyone seems to share that sentiment. More »

Even President Obama Thinks Girls Should Play With ‘Boy’ Toys

Even President Obama Thinks Girls Should Play With 'Boy' Toys

I have always believed that kids should play with any and all toys that appeal to them whether they are from the bubblegum pink “girls” aisle or the action figure-filled “boys” aisle and I know I am not alone. That is why I am so glad to see someone like President Obama acknowledge that there is value in girls playing with toys traditionally meant for boys. More »

There Is Nothing Wrong With Giving Your Kids A Puppy As A Christmas Gift

There Is Nothing Wrong With Giving Your Kids A Puppy As A Christmas Gift

I have noticed recently that the internet thinks that giving a puppy as a Christmas gift is not a good idea. I am not sure if shelter statistics bear this out or not but it would seem that many are concerned a puppy given as a gift will wind up unwanted and sent to a shelter. I suppose I can see this point but I firmly believe that any family horrible enough to ditch a dog because it grew up and was not a cute, tiny puppy anymore would have done so no matter when they got the dog. More »

10 Thoughts Every Mom Has The Week Of Christmas

10 Thoughts Every Mom Has The Week Of Christmas

I am feeling that urge to squeeze every bit of joy out of this week that I possibly can but if I am being honest, I am also sort of over some of it. It’s a weird push and pull. I love Christmas because I know the rest of winter looms ahead and will be very boring but at the same time, I am tired of running around and all the preparations. I am ready to relax and be done. Combine that with my kids being home for school break while I am still working and we have a potent blend of mania blowing around in my brain. I can’t be the only one, right? More »

How To Survive Baking Christmas Cookies With A 4-Year-Old

How To Survive Baking Christmas Cookies With A 4-Year-Old

You know those commercials that pop up around the holidays that show a family baking happily together? Flour dusting the children’s rosy cheeks as they sprinkle the cinnamon and steal licks of batter. Everyone giggles. Mom is all smiles, and the kids are listening attentively to her measuring instructions. One big happy family.

Well, these commercials, no matter how heart-warming, are complete and total bulls**t. More »

Christmas Morning: Expectations Vs. Reality

Christmas Morning: Expectations Vs. Reality

Years of flipping through Christmas catalogs have led me to imagine Christmas morning with my children as a series of Rockwell-esque moments set to a soundtrack of Josh Grobin carols. I’m sure lots of parents have certain assumptions about how opening gifts with kids on Christmas morning will be something you never forget. And that’s probably true, just not for the reasons you would imagine. Here’s a look at the realities of Christmas morning with children. More »