Topic: family holidays

6 Types Of People You May Meet At Your Christmas – And How To Deal With Them

6 Types Of People You May Meet At Your Christmas - And How To Deal With Them

Christmas comes but once a year, even though it feels like you just had to see all of these relatives less than a month ago. Even the most wonderful time of the year can present challenges, and many of those are directly related to you or your significant other. Having a family that could probably land its own Bravo TV special has helped me gather some strategies for dealing with the trials and tribulations that come with relatives. More »

Polyamorous Mom: I Feel Bad For ‘Anonymous Kid’ And Here’s What I’d Do Instead

Polyamorous Mom: I Feel Bad For 'Anonymous Kid' And Here's What I'd Do Instead

First off, let me say I sincerely feel for Anonymous Kid with poly parents.  Not in the respect that her parents are polyamorous, but how it seems they have dealt with her as their child.  For me, my kids come first, and it’s glaringly obvious from the article that she not only isn’t first in her family, but she doesn’t even know where she stands.  I read her holiday article with compassion and also my own children in mind, and came up with some ways a poly life could be better for a kid at the holidays (or always.) More »

All These Parents Are Making Video Christmas Cards And The Rest Of Us Can Barely Get Our Paper Ones Out

All These Parents Are Making Video Christmas Cards And The Rest Of Us Can Barely Get Our Paper Ones Out

I thought about a list of things I’d be able to brag about in my own holiday video. There is no way I could sum up a whole year – I can’t even remember what I did last week. Instead, I decided to make a list of things that would be in my holiday video, if my holiday video celebrated all of the things I accomplished yesterday. I think it’s pretty impressive. More »

6 Ways I Keep My Car An Electronic Free Zone – Even In Holiday Traffic

6 Ways I Keep My Car An Electronic Free Zone - Even In Holiday Traffic

No matter what you celebrate, the time between Thanksgiving and New Years is the season for travel. December finds us scrambling to spend time with family and friends, out of obligation or just the chance to take a little vacation time while the kids are off from school. That means a lot of driving — usually long distances — and a lot of traffic. Most parents rely heavily on electronic gadgets and the newest apps to get them through those drives, but we run it old school. More »

Trying To Include A Deceased Parent In Our Holiday Rituals Is Opening Old Wounds

Trying To Include A Deceased Parent In Our Holiday Rituals Is Opening Old Wounds

My father passed away before I had my children. You could describe our relationship as “tumultuous” at best – downright aggressive and angry at worst. I’m sure I’m not the only person who would tell you that death allows you to see a person with new eyes. I want my children to have stories about their grandfather – I want them to “know” him as best they can. How do I incorporate a father I didn’t get along with when he was living into our family rituals now? It’s something I’ve been struggling with this year. More »

5 Reasons Being Childfree Over The Holidays Kinda Sucks

5 Reasons Being Childfree Over The Holidays Kinda Sucks

Leave it to a childfree person to immediately break Mommyish tradition. I’m not going to go all-out and say that being childfree just plain sucks during the holidays, because frankly, I find my cat to be enough of a drag on my selfish, hedonistic, irresponsible lifestyle. In fact, I am so committed to the Cult of Me that I could only come up with 5 reasons, rather than 10, for why being a one-woman operation ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. More »

Daddyish:10 Ways to Keep the ChristMESS Under Control

 Daddyish:10 Ways to Keep the ChristMESS Under Control

When you have kids, your home is in a nonstop cycle of needs-to-be-cleaned, or was-just-cleaned-and-almost-needs-to-be-cleaned-again, or please-god-let-the-cleaning-stop, and the cycle accelerates when you add decorations, drop-ins and in-laws to the mix. You have to clean before the guests arrive, after the guests leave, before you put up the tree, after you take down the tree, after the gifts are opened, after the meal is eaten, and so on and so forth. The cleaning starts early and ends late and when you have kids it never ends.
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