1. Affordable Family “Staycation” Ideas

    Father and daughter cook while campingIf expensive vacation trips are out of the cards, opting for a vacation that’s close to home — a “staycation” — might be a perfect fit for your family. Plenty of activities for you and your family to enjoy await within driving distance of your home.

    Here are some family ”staycation” ideas:

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  2. Bringing the Family Together, Peacefully

    Family Arriving at Grandma’s HouseGrowing up, you may have watched TV holiday specials in awe as families gathered around a feast or a decorated tree and talked about the greatest gift of all being love. What about family members who you may love, but whose behavior you may not always like?

    When people come together from different sides of the family – and different walks of life –  an opera often ensues.

    Help to diffuse it by following these tips for keeping the peace in your household this holiday season:

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  3. Holiday Airplane Travel with Children: Keeping Your Schedule Stress-Free

    Family Traveling With Children During the HolidaysThe year-end holidays are among the busiest time of year for travel, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. If you’re a parent, that means getting your family to leave the house in time to catch your flight is only the beginning. Enter the traffic jams on the way to the airport, long security checkpoint lines, and flights filled with crying children. Oh, and do those crying children belong to you?

    Holiday travel doesn’t have to be a nightmare. To help you keep to your travel schedule with as little stress as possible, follow these six tips for planning ahead:

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  4. Stress-Free Tips for Hosting a Holiday Party

    Large family gatherings may elicit excitement for some, but they can cause anxiety for people hosting a party. If that’s you, and you have visions of burned or undercooked food dancing in your head instead of sugarplums, remember that you can pull off a memorable holiday dinner, without the migraine.

    Follow these stress-relief tips:

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  5. Five ‘Feel Good’ Ways for Giving

    The holidays are a time for giving. They also present an opportunity for parents to teach their children an invaluable lesson: generosity. What is the best way to raise a charitable child? Set an example. As the holidays draw near, consider volunteering as a family to show your children that the best gifts don’t come in boxes. They come in the form of a smile on someone else’s face – and knowing that you put it there.

    Here are five ways for giving back this holiday season:

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