Archive for November 2017

How parenting feels like one long goodbye

How parenting feels like one long goodbye
I am terrible at goodbyes. If parting is such sweet sorrow, I’m usually more overwhelmed by the sorrowful part than the sweet part. This can make life hard. Just ask my husband, who had to deal with a lot of teary farewells during our long-distance courtship. And it’s especially challenging when it comes to parenting.... Read more »

Riveting YA books that are great gifts for teens

Riveting YA books that are great gifts for teens
Wondering what to get the teens on your holiday gift list? Books are always a good option, and there are so many wonderful young adult (YA) books out now, with something for every teen’s interest. Here are ten riveting YA books that would be great to give as gifts to teens this holiday season, or any... Read more »

New books for tweens that make great gifts

New books for tweens that make great gifts
Books make great gifts at any age, and giving a tween a book they love can truly be the gift that keeps on giving, especially if it ignites a love of reading, introduces them to new friends, or gives them a fantastic new world to inhabit. Gifting books also reinforces that reading can be fun, not a... Read more »
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25 Acts of kindness that don't cost a thing

25 Acts of kindness that don't cost a thing
Happy World Kindness Day! Small acts of kindness can make a big difference. As Aesop said, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Here are 25 acts of kindness that you can do with your kids that don’t cost anything. – Make and send a card to a lonely senior citizen.... Read more »

7 gifts teens and tweens want this Christmas (and 1 they don't)

7 gifts teens and tweens want this Christmas (and 1 they don't)
What teens and tweens want for Christmas can be a challenge. They’re not always easy to buy for. To help, Propeller Insights surveyed more than five hundred of teens on behalf of Ebates to find out what the hot gifts are this year. They shared their findings with me and I wanted to share them with... Read more »

Kristin Chenoweth offers 3 pieces of advice for teens

Kristin Chenoweth offers 3 pieces of advice for teens
My daughter and I saw Kristin Chenoweth perform at the Paramount Theater in Aurora this weekend.   In addition to lighting up the stage with her megawatt personality and wowing with her amazing vocal talent, she spent a little time talking with the members of the high school choir she had invited to join her... Read more »
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Joining in the Jolabokaflod: Plans for a new holiday tradition

Joining in the Jolabokaflod: Plans for a new holiday tradition
It seems like literally overnight everyone puts away their pumpkins (or as was the case in my neighborhood, someone takes and smashes them in the street) and shifts into holiday mode. Today, November 1, I saw a Thanksgiving display at the local library and noticed a shop window that was ready for Christmas, twinkle lights and... Read more »