I am often asked about proper holiday season “nanny etiquette” Do we give her a gift? What do we give? Should we include her in our family’s holiday celebrations?
Dear Dr. Gramma Karen,
I want to suggest you to do a column on gift-giving. I ask because I listen to people at work and in the store check-out lines stressing out about this. For example, my co-workers talk about their in-laws as being either cheapskates or extravagant. Then there is the topic of grandparents giving the grandchildren gifts that the parents have already said they don’t want the kids to have, e.g., cell phones, video games.
Welcome to our ‘Scoop On Stuff’ round-up: The Holiday Edition! ‘Tis the season – of warmth, of joy, and of giving special gifts to loved ones. From learning apps to car safety solutions, and personalized toddler sets to fashion-forward mom and baby gear, we’ve got some holiday cheer! Here are some of our favorite new […]
The holiday season has officially fallen upon us, and in hand with the festive cheer, gathering of family and friends, and holiday music comes a whole lot of stress. According to research from last holiday season, 31 percent of Americans would describe the holiday season as “frantic.” As much as we may like to put on the facade that the holiday season is still a time of cheer, we should face the fact that it’s stressing all of us out.
Holiday decorations, especially candles and electrical lighting, can be fire hazards.
Parents and grandparents should take a few precautions when decorating and entertaining for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwaanza and other fall/winter holidays and festivities.
The holiday travel season is in full swing, and parents are wondering how they are going to get their baby to sleep well despite the breaks in routine. Traveling with a baby – across town or across the country – can be a daunting task, especially as a new parent.
I laughed when I saw this cartoon that depicts the challenges of hosting dinners for groups of people with diverse nutritional requirements, e.g., vegan, allergic to gluten, on a cleanser, et cetera. So true! It reminded me that my husband Gary and I have made some changes in how we now often entertain.
As a parent, you’re aware of the planning that comes with traveling with kids. Even something as simple as an hour-long car ride means you’ll have to pack snacks and extra clothes, bring enough entertainment to keep the kids content and even scope out potential bathrooms along the way.