By Murray Lightburn I can barely recall Christmases from my childhood. I don’t really want to recall a great many things from (at least) the first 25 years or so of my life. Not that it was very bleak but I cannot say that it was a barrel of laughs either. In our house growing up,… Read More »
We’re driving along the Queensway to get burgers the other day — I’m in the passenger seat trying to find the radio station that only plays Christmas music because that’s the only station the kids will listen to this time of year — when Colum, our six-year-old, starts trying to do the math. I mean, how… Read More »
By Brendan Murphy Recently, a friend on the Facebook was explaining the process of telling his kid that Santa wasn’t real. It was, like many things to do with parenting, quietly hilarious and heartbreaking, in large part because of what a clear and irreversible childhood milestone it was. Our son is 19 months old and… Read More »
Christmas Morning Traditions Reinvented: Tearing Down the Stairs, Making Granola-Bread-Men and Recycled Paper Stars
Holiday habits feeling a little crusty? Check out these cool alternatives TRADITION #1: Making a wifesaver, the venerable Christmas morning casserole of cheese, bacon, ham, eggs and bread. HOW TO MAKE IT COOLER: There’s nothing wrong with these breakfast staples, but sometimes even the mention of a casserole will sufficiently repel a child.Switch up your Christmas morning meal without sacrificing nutrition. Cookies for breakfast!… Read More »
What we’re reading today: 1. What to do if your in-laws try to change your time-honoured holiday traditions. 2. Ever had a bad gift? While we feel we’ve been pretty lucky on that front, we do know some people who just can’t give presents right. Well know you can air your gift-grievances on http://whydidyoubuymethat.com. Of… Read More »
Christmas morning success Today’s Vintage Postcard from Bunchland comes from bunchofpants in North Carolina.
What we’re reading today: 1. A quarter of American moms go back to work within two months of giving birth, which is really too bad. Ideal maternity leave: 40 weeks? 2. How to explain to your 12-year-old that Santa isn’t real. (Alternatively, you could get Rebecca’s 3-year-old to break the bad news.) 3. Speaking of… Read More »
News Round-Up Dec. 21: Baby’s First Holiday, Supportive Tattoos and the Dangers of Mixing Christmas and Hanukkah
What we’re reading today: 1. Should we screen kids for high cholesterol? 2. Baby’s first holiday makes everything more fun and special for parents too. 3. Well, this is just awesomely supportive: parents whose kid has diabetes got insulin pump tattoos. 4. When Christmukkah gets out of hand. 5. It doesn’t come out for another… Read More »
Krista Rao blogs about crafty adventures with her kids If you are like me, when you dig out your box of christmas ornaments your stomach drops as you notice there are signiﬁcantly less ornaments than you remembered from last year… thanks to a curious dog and a even curiouser little boy who just couldnʼt keep… Read More »
A cautionary tale on why you don’t let the drunk relative read/tell stories to the kids Drunk History Christmas with Ryan Gosling, Jim Carrey and Eva Mendes from Ryan Gosling Jim Carrey makes a pretty good Santa, yes? We like the “His eyes how they twinkle, he cheeks were like jelly” bit.
How do you show your appreciation for the work your kids’ teachers do? Keeping a room full of 20 – 30 kids from going off the rails, staying after school to teach extra-curriculars, and even spending their own hard earned cash on art supplies deserves a proper thanks, but rewarding your kid’s teachers heroic efforts during… Read More »
This article originally published by Today’s Parent One of the great things about a Christmas tree is all the memories contained within its ornaments: the tissue-paper wreaths and popsicle-stick picture frames made by the kids in school, or the ballet slipper ornament someone acquired after a trip to The Nutcracker. Favourite toys also pack quite… Read More »