by Michelle Donaghey

Great gifts don’t need to cost a lot of money! Here are some thoughts:

Creative ideas for gifts for kids to make and give

With the price of gas, milk, heating and other necessities, many budgets are being stretched to their limits making it hard to even think about holiday gift giving. Credit cards can be an answer, but it is only temporary when the bills come in after January 1st. Why give yourself  that kind of stress when there are PLENTY of  creative, inexpensive possibilities for everyone on your gift list including family, friends and kids!READ More on Budget Gift Ideas

by Stacey Schifferdecker

Spanish writer Jose Bergamin wrote that traditions mean we “continue what is worth continuing.” You may not remember why your family always opens one present on Christmas Eve or why you always eat lasagna for Christmas dinner—it’s just your tradition. Substitute Chinese food instead, and someone is sure to whine, “But that’s not our tradition!” 
Traditions are often part of the glue that binds families together, providing comfort, security, and a feeling of belonging. “These are my people,” your brain says as you join in on the traditional Christmas carols sung around the piano. “This is where I belong.” Traditions connect us with our past, our home, our memories. [tag-ice]Traditions[/tag-ice] give us a link to the past and something to look forward to in the future.READ More on Building Holiday Traditions and Lasting Memories

Parenting in uncharted territory – Boston Globe

18 Dec 2006 at 4:03am

EDGE Boston Parenting in uncharted territory
Boston Globe, MA – 12 hours ago
Lesbian parenting is, of course, a tiny part of this trend, which is driven primarily by out-of-wedlock births and divorce among heterosexuals. ….
White House maintains stance on gay parenting Concord Monitor
Bush glad for Cheney's daughter, but still leery of gay parenting San Francisco Chronicle
Snow: Bush not shifting views on gay parenting Houston Chronicle
Austin American-Statesman (subscription) – The State
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Online vote says Spears worst dog owner (AP via Yahoo! News)

18 Dec 2006 at 3:45pm

When it comes to celebrity dog-parenting skills, Oprah Winfrey is tops and Britney Spears is the world's worst, according to an online vote by readers of two dog magazines.

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by Dr. Caron Goode
Compassion is the desire to assuage feelings of suffering in others. A compassionate person considers the sufferings of others as his own. But compassion is not pity and it is also different from altruism, which is simply an action of helping others. Compassion is a combination of feeling for someone else, experiencing the suffering and a positive move to reduce the suffering of others.  READ More on Teaching Compassion to Children

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Spend Quality Time with Your Child ths Holiday Season with These Arts and Crafts Ideas for Toddlers

In the early years of a child’s life, it is important for parents to spend as much time as they can with their child. Children grow up quickly, and as they do, their lives become busier and busier. Arts and crafts for toddlers are a great way for parents to spend quality time with their young children. READ More on Crafty Ideas For Spending Quality Time With Your Kids

Snow: Bush not shifting views on gay parenting – Houston Chronicle

16 Dec 2006 at 1:33am

WHDH-TV Snow: Bush not shifting views on gay parenting
Houston Chronicle, TX – 28 minutes ago
By JAMES GERSTENZANG. WASHINGTON ? Although he recently expressed confidence that Mary Cheney will make a loving parent, President Bush continues to believe ….
Bush gives approving nod to Mary Cheney's pregnancy Austin American-Statesman (subscription)
Bush happy for Cheney pregnancy The State
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Youth bureau to offer instruction in parenting (The Post-Standard)

15 Dec 2006 at 5:12am

The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau will offer a class in parenting 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on three Tuesdays in January.

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by Stacey Schifferdecker

When I think back on my childhood Christmases, one memory stands out above all others. I was probably ten and we lived in a suburb of Denver. One cold December night, we—my mother, stepfather, two older sisters, and me—bundled up and drove downtown, where we walked around looking at the lights and the courthouse Nativity scenes. Then we went home to sit cuddled on the floor together in front of the fireplace drinking hot chocolate.  READ More on Simple Holiday Joys

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