The smell of roasting pumpkin seeds is the second best part of carving Jack o Lanterns for Halloween the first best thing is, of course, carving funny faces into a pumpkin.
One of the most important things I know about myself is that I am a creative person, but I am not a crafty person.
Sometimes, it seems like American parents, in our quest for perfection, specialize in leaching parenting of every ounce of joy. We try so mightily to protect our children from danger, disappointment, and emotional pain, that we ironically miss the true risks to our kids’ long-term happiness. Take Halloween. Many historians believe Halloween originated not with…
Keep children busy while you and the other adults prepare the Thanksgiving meal by planning and preparing several crafts for them to make. You and your children can also have a Thanksgiving craft day a few days before the holiday. Make crafts that can be used as part of the table setting, such as place cards or napkin holders.
Put together Thanksgiving crafts for your child to create memories, or use the crafts as an opportunity to make homemade decorations and teach him about the holiday. The level of difficulty should match your child’s abilities, particularly if you want her to complete the craft on her own. Plan a few different crafts that you believe your child will enjoy so she can choose her favorites.
While turkey takes center stage on many Thanksgiving tables, vegetarians often opt to keep with their standard eating practices and enjoy a meatless Thanksgiving. A Thanksgiving that lacks meat does not have to mean a flavorless holiday. In reality, many meatless Thanksgiving components are packed with flavor and can provide a palate-pleasing Thanksgiving meal.
From the candy to the costumes, trick-or-treating is a highlight of the season for kids. Halloween is the one night of the year when kids venture out and enjoy themselves by the thousands. Parents may take the opportunity to give their kids a little more freedom than they normally would. Unfortunately, whether or not parents…
If you feel as stuffed as a Thanksgiving turkey after your holiday meal, there’s a reason. The average Thanksgiving meal equals 3,000 calories and a 229 grams of fat, reports the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Reducing portions alone may not be enough to lighten the meal on your annual day of overindulgence. Pepper the meal with flavors, not fats. Offer guests a cornucopia of savory options in a steady parade of dishes. Revamp your existing traditional dishes and opt for low-fat, low-sodium and low-cholesterol foods while cooking.
Cooler temperatures, falling leaves, carved pumpkins and the anticipation that comes with an approaching special night. Is there really a more fun and creative holiday for moms and their little ones? Not to mention the mommy and baby milestone of that first time dressing up in costume! When it comes to decking out our older…
Planning parties for teenagers can prove challenging. They need your help to plan and execute the big event, yet they also want their birthday parties to feel special. Make your 14-year-old’s party an event to remember by selecting a theme, activities, foods, entertainment and a location that pleases all parties involved.