Handwritten notes are an expression of love. Even a simple smiley face or the words 'I love you' in ballpoint pen are more than enough.
While keeping the big picture in focus can help keep families on a positive trajectory, this blogger lauds Anne Lamott's reminder, 'If you fixate on the big picture, the whole shebang, the overview, you miss the stitching.'
A new New Year's resolution: Create some un-resolutions to cut down on the parenting to-do list.
Supervolcano reports in the news are capturing the attention of many parents, but plugged-in kids might find a supervolcano of little surprise after what science fare they find online.
While the recent Snapchat breach has reignited calls for 'external' Internet safetyguards for kids, including monitoring and filtering, guest blogger Anne Collier suggests that focusing on 'internal' safeguards could help prepare kids to handle whatever threats come their way, online or off.
Winter storm Hercules: It takes a Herculean effort from one mom to set an example for her kids and help homeless adults, teens, and families through winter storm Hercules.
Tales from the road: The Suhay family meets face-to-face with virtual friends, vistis old haunts, and reconnects with family as they resurrect the lost art of the family road trip.
New Year's Eve: Need to keep kids occupied while preparing for a New Year's Eve party? Get them involved in the right kind of tasks.
After Christmas sales: One family couldn't afford to have a Christmas as big as those in years past. Instead of shopping the after-Christmas sales, they turned off the advertising, focused on being together and sharing laughter as one of the best gifts of all.
Christmas movies: A mom who hopes to execute a Christmas celebration fit for 'White Christmas' trades in her 'It's a Wonderful Life' mentality to find hope in 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.'