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trip to Italy with kids 7 and 9

1 hour ago -

S. P. asks from Flower Mound - We are planning to go to Italy ( Milan, Venice, Florence and Rome) trip the week before Christmas this year. Any advice on places to stay and things to do while there. My husband had traveled to I Italy a lot recently and knows the places well but he mostly travels for ...

Difficult Decision to make.

2 hours ago -

H. L. asks from Center - My husband and I live in a small town that we love with our 5 beautiful children. Our two oldest kids go to a wonderful church school and as a family we are very involved in our church and community. We have only lived here 6 years but it is truly our home and I can't ima...

Gift ideas for older girls/young women

3 hours ago -

H. W. asks from Portland - Hi All, Each year my husband likes to choose something special for his three nieces; they are 15, 17 and 19. His tradition is to find one item (say, necklace, perfume bottles, fancy boxes, nice horn combs) and get a different style for each girl. While he's usually gre...

How is your relationship with your teen?

10 hours ago -

M. V. asks from Westborough - How is your relationship with you teen child? What do you do to stay close to him/her? And, especially when they make mistakes how do you correct them? Whats their reaction?
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A Guide to Eating Thanksgiving Leftovers While Sauced

November 28, 2014

That most bountiful of holidays is over. We’ve had quality time with family. “Quality” being a relative term. (See what I did there?)…More


Mandatory HPV vacc?

November 26, 2014 -

f. b. asks from Kew Gardens - Mamas & Papas- Received a telephone survey yesterday, which I participated in, which asked about statewide health policies and public health initiatives. Currently kids are required to give proof of vaccination before being allowed to enroll in public elementary schoo...
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My Favorite Part of Thanksgiving Dinner

November 27, 2014

T’was the night of Thanksgiving,
But I just couldn’t sleep.
I tried counting backwards,
I tried counting sheep….More

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5 Ways to Teach Your Young Children Gratitude

November 26, 2014

Gratitude. Thankfulness. Blah. Blah. Blah.

This time of year it becomes a cliché. We glaze over our friend’s daily thankful updates. Even I begin to sound like a broken record pounding the pavement with practicing gratitude — practicing gratitude — practicing gratitude.More


appropriate gift for SIL who has suffered a terrible loss

November 25, 2014 -

L. M. asks from Hicksville - On November 12th, my 3 year old nephew died suddenly in his sleep. He was not sick and no cause has yet been determined. Our entire family but especially of course his parents, are devastated. We did many things to support the family when this happened, including immedia...

Coworker gifts

November 23, 2014 -

J. C. asks from Bronxville - Hi Mamas, I am looking to buy the ladies and gents in my office a little something for Christmas. Last year I gave everyone some sort of food item. I don't want to repeat that. I dont want to do candles or anything Christmas kitchy. And I certainly don't want to ma...

Gift Cards where face value is > cost

November 21, 2014 -

f. b. asks from Kew Gardens - Mamas & Papas- Can anyone direct me to a place where I can buy gift cards for less than their face value, and still get out ahead after transaction fees and costs? i.e. the sort of thing where I can pay $20, and buy a $25 value gift card, and possibly something like a...

Most Terrifying Moment as a Parent

October 28, 2014 - List

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How to Get The Picture-Perfect Family Holiday Photo

New York:
December 12, 2010

Sitting in Central Park this weekend, I watched as a professional photographer brought her clients to a picture-perfect hideaway for the classic holiday card photo shoot. The little munchkins and their parents, all dressed up in holiday-wear, were positioned in just the right way and instructed to say “cheese” for the camera. Let’s face it. This photo is important. It represents an entire year of existence and growth for the family, as it is mailed out to close friends and family….More

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Take a Bite Out of Big Apple Food Costs

New York:
November 18, 2010

Even though New Yorkers pay some of the highest prices for food in the country, we are blessed with a few special resources that can help us chomp away at that giant grocery bill….More

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