1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Four Tips to Avert Allergies This Holiday Season

    Evergreen TreeWinter holiday celebrations worldwide overflow with taste-tantalizing delicacies and multi-course meals. They also mean the arrival of guests bringing not only good cheer, but also side dishes, pets and bouquets of flowers. Add a live Christmas tree to the festivities and you have the right ingredients for a perfect allergy storm.

    So, what’s a host or hostess to do? The answer is to ask guests ahead of time if they have any known food, pet and airborne allergies and to share that information to help minimize the risks to all guests.

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  4. Outdoor Winter Safety is Not Child’s Play

    Family Sledding OutsideWinter never seems to put a chill on outdoor fun for kids. With an ability to brave the wet and the cold, many youngsters seem to be in their element when winter blows in. Even the less intrepid can find themselves lured outside by the enticement of freshly fallen snow.

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