Holiday Prep and Cheer

December has been a whirlwind of activity, though I don't think we experience the busy-ness that many families experience. We don't spend a lot of time with extended family. Relatives either live too far away; or they have their own lives, commitments and interests; or both. The adults in my family don't exchange presents either. But we still … Continue reading Holiday Prep and Cheer

The Gift of Story

Note: This column was printed in the Barrow Journal on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. If you’re running out of money searching for the perfect holiday gifts, remember that sometimes the best presents for young children are free.  Telling stories to children is a gift they’ll never forget. When I was young, my grandmother told me … Continue reading The Gift of Story

Letters to Santa

{Addresses for Santa Claus to receive a reply} This column was printed in the Barrow Journal on December 5, 2012. I’ve created a tradition of having my six-year-old write a letter to Santa every November, and he loves doing this.  He definitely wants Santa to know what he’s wishing for. My son doesn’t know it, but I … Continue reading Letters to Santa

Creating New Family Traditions

Note: This column first appeared in the Barrow Journal on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 (you can view it online here), and shortly after, appeared on my blog. I'm re-posting it now because we're entering the holiday season again, which can be stressful for many, including me. It's important to think about what you want for your family at … Continue reading Creating New Family Traditions