1. ‘Is the Tooth Fairy Real?’: Deciding whether or not to introduce your child to fictional characters

    Drawing of a tooth fairyEarly in your child’s life, you may face a question that some parents ask themselves and feel a need to answer: Should you introduce fictional characters, such as the Tooth Fairy, to your youngsters? Or, as your child might say, “Is the Tooth Fairy real?”

    There’s of course no clear-cut answer, but there are two basic views concerning what has transitioned during recent decades into a dilemma for some parents:

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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. Homemade Holiday Gifts

    Cookie Recipe JarsThe holidays are a time for giving. Generosity, however, may leave you with an empty wallet as well as a full heart. According to the American Research Group, Inc., the average person spent $801 on holiday shopping in 2013. What’s a good way to keep the spirit of the season when on a tight budget?

    Consider making a homemade holiday gift that can be perfect for next-door neighbors, children’s teachers, or your fourth cousin twice-removed. Here are some low-cost gift ideas:

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  5. Unique Gift-wrapping Ideas that Give Back to Your Wallet

    Gifts Wrapped in Recycled Wrapping PaperYou have all of your holiday gifts bought and sorted. Now it’s time to wrap. Will the prospect make you groan or grin? If you’re among the people who tend to panic over prettying up a pile of presents, take heart. You can turn a wrapping marathon into a fun project by making your own gift bags and tags.

    A make-it-yourself approach can also save you big bucks. The cost of holiday wrapping paper, ribbons and tags adds up fast, especially if you have lots of family members and friends on your gift list.

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