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10 Playdates for Winter

Don't let winter keep your family stuck at home, invite some friends along and shake off the winter blues together with these easy indoor playdates.

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A Conversation with Cokie Roberts

Cokie Roberts is the author of more than half a dozen books about American history, with two adapted for younger readers. The young reader's edition “Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation,” illustrated by previous collaborator Diane Goode, is to be released by HarperCollins Publishers on December 6.

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Empowering Yourself with Words

Often when we use disempowering language, it's a direct reflection of disempowered feelings we may have, which commonly arise under stress. Although it might seem innocuous, disempowering language can have a profound effect on the feelings and behaviors of our children and ourselves.

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Getting Kids to Navigate Transit

Desperate to attend a summer program in Washington, D.C., my then 14-year-old son was ready to cut a deal. I told him that with two younger children at home, I just couldn't drive him from Bethesda to camp each day. His solution? Public transportation.

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Merry Christmas with Danish Traditions

In Denmark, like the U.S., Christmas is the biggest celebration of the year. One difference, however, is that December 24 is the big day, not December 25. And they keep celebrating until the 26th. We keep this tradition alive by having a party on Christmas Eve. We invite family and friends over for drinks, music and appetizer.

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Mom's Letter to Santa

Dear Santa,
I can't believe another year has gone by. Is it just me or are the years passing faster? I think I have been a pretty good mom this year. I have driven my kids to every social event, practice and friend's house. I know you are busy, so I will be brief.

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New Year's Crafts with Kids

For many people the holiday season culminates with a big shebang as they celebrate what was and what is to come. As your family plans the December 31 festivities, consider bringing in the New Year with these merry crafts and activities.

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Postpartum Depression: an Issue for Moms and Dads

Your beautiful baby has arrived. You and your partner have survived nine months of nesting, growth and yes, some discomfort. But it is worth it all, now that your little bundle of joy has arrived. Of course you've expected some mood swings, after all - you did just have a baby! But what if you have continuing feelings of guilt, depression and hopelessness? You might be suffering from the very common condition known as Postpartum Depression (PPD). And it's not your fault.

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