Articles containing: holidays

Home For The Holidays: Facing Empty Chairs At The Table

December 23, 2016

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Here we are as in olden days,
Happy golden days of yore.
Faithful friends who are dear to us,
Gather near to us once more.

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What If My Family Doesn’t Celebrate The Holidays?

December 6, 2016

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I can’t believe I’m going to begin (another) post by noting that the holidays are upon us.

I know that I’ve written a similar beginning for a seemingly similar article for all sorts of publications over the past few years. The holidays are wonderful, and frenzied, and stressful, and compact, and often overwhelming.

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Today’s “Brady Bunch”

November 22, 2016

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If you’re old enough to have watched The Brady Bunch as a kid—or have seen re-runs more recently—you know that this was not a reality show about a blended family. Not only does Mrs.

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The Psychological Gift Of Giving A Gift

December 21, 2015

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Intro music written and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.
Outro music performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.

The holidays are, alas, upon us.

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How To Survive The Holidays With Teens

December 17, 2015

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The holiday season is a time that’s supposed to be fun and memorable, but when you have a moody teen in the family, you may find it more memorable than fun—and perhaps not in a good way. Even the best of teens can be less than enthusiastic about spending extended amounts of time with the family.

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Why Watch The Holiday Classics This Season?

December 22, 2014

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Intro music written and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.
Outro music arranged and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.

Well, there are all sorts of ways to answer this question.  However, my favorite way to answer, as you might expect, is with a story.  In fact, you might even call this story itself a classic from my youth.

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What To Watch With Your Kids Over The Holidays

December 23, 2013

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The holidays are relaxing and fun.

Right.

You arrive at your parents’ or grandparents’ houses or apartments.  You sleep, if you sleep at all, on a dusty old air mattress that sits on the living room floor.  You sniffle.  Everyone sniffles.  And, no one can hear beyond the roar of everyone talking over each other at once.

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The Holidays: Unplugged

December 18, 2013

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We like to play on our computers as much as anyone. But during the holidays, solitary screen time squanders the chance to play with siblings, parents, grandparents, cousins and friends who are also on vacation. Taking a break from work can also mean a chance to recharge without being tethered to our computers.

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Raising A Grateful Child In The Season Of Getting

December 16, 2013

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Ah, it’s the holidays: a time for giving, but also a time for getting.  If you’re a parent, you might be wondering if all this “stuff” you’ve been buying is making your child happier—or greedier.  At the very least, you’d probably like your child to be happy with what he’s getting.

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Choosing Appropriate Gifts

December 3, 2013

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At this time of year, parents and caregivers may be overwhelmed by the number of possible gifts for children that promise to increase a child’s intelligence or physical development.  Mass marketing often controls what is available in the market, and not every well-marketed toy is appropriate for your child.

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