1. Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Tips

    Thanksgiving travel by the numbersThanksgiving Day traditions in the United States often include sitting around the table with the family, feasting on turkey and stuffing and sweet potatoes, and savoring pumpkin pie, made using grandma’s recipe. The list goes on and on.

    For many people, maintaining this tradition means traveling, which makes the Thanksgiving holiday notoriously one of the busiest travel times of the year. Traveling on Thanksgiving weekend is often synonymous with traffic delays and travel snags at almost every turn.

    If you plan to brave the roads or the rails or the skies this Thanksgiving, check out our infographic for Thanksgiving travel tips that could help make your trip a little smoother.

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  2. ‘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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    Categories: Parenting Tips
  3. 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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    Categories: Parenting Tips
  4. 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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    Categories: Parenting Tips
  5. 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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    Categories: Saving Money