If your December agenda includes a Christmas cookie exchange, the pressure's on to come up with a contribution that's sure to wow the crowd of lil ones and adults alike. Whether you're totally at ease in an apron and oven mitt or prefer to let the experts at your local bakery do the leg work for you, these 20 Christmas cookie ideas are sure to inspire.
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There are plenty of Christmas movies for families to watch, but our busy schedules rarely leave time for a two-hour film. Luckily, there are plenty of toddler, kid, and even tween shows that will get your family into the spirit of the season. Here, a roundup of quick and festive TV specials the entire family will enjoy.
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas
Can Cat, Sally, and Nick save Christmas? Find out in this PBS special starring Dr. Seuss's most popular character. (Dec. 13, 3:30 p.m. EST)
Disney Park Christmas Day Parade
Demi Lovato, the cast of Teen Beach Movie, and more tween stars perform in Disney's 30th annual Christmas parade. (Dec. 25, 10 a.m. EST)
Good Luck Jessie: NY Christmas
When a blizzard keeps Teddy and PJ in New York City, they get a little help from a friendly tour guide named Jessie. This Good Luck Charlie and Jessie crossover is perfect for tot and tween viewing. (Multiple airings)
If you want to really wow your kid this holiday season, splurge on a gift that's guaranteed to induce squeals, screams, and maybe even some jumping up and down. Yes, the following gifts aren't exactly budget friendly (all come in at more than $100), but if you want one showstopping present under the tree, these are the gifts for you! From a pint-size retro race car to the coolest glittering playhouse, from a party dress fit for a princess to the season's hottest game system, these presents might be pricey, but they're totally worth it!
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Kids are crazy for Elf on the Shelf, but for parents it can be equal parts fun and formidable. Who hasn't spaced out about moving the elf one night only to be met with questions from prying tots in the morning? (One mom recently confessed that she told her kids they were too naughty that day for their elf to make the trip back to the North Pole.)
Even if you do remember, in the middle of such a hectic time, it can be almost impossible to think of a new creative spot to put the lil watcher every single night! But help is here: let these 58 pics we found around the web inspire where your elf will wake up tomorrow morning! Have a great idea you'd like to add? Tag #popsugarmoms on Instagram, and we'll check it out!
Parents often rely on old-fashioned grounding to punish their unruly teens. After a few friendless weekends, however, teens become immune to the discipline, and their bad behavior continues. Before you fill out the application for reform school, take a breath and try some alternative methods. Tested and approved by moms, here are some punishments to dole out when grounding no longer does the trick.
Have Him Give Back
For a punishment that doubles as a good deed, have your child participate in community service. "When he is disrespectful to me or any other adult, he has to do community service," Angie K. says of her son. "He's out there for about five hours. He hates doing it, but it gives him plenty of time to think about his behavior and how he should adjust it."
Go On Strike
Sick of all the disrespect? Show your teen what it's like to live without you. To teach her son about parental appreciation, Donna J. went on strike. "I did the cooking, but stopped the taxi service, the laundry, the dishes, etc.," she says. "We have had a much cheerier, helpful son since."
Unlike Santa, parents don't have a workshop to store all their holiday gifts. They try to be resourceful given limited space, but one bad spot could spoil the surprise. With the help of its Facebook fans, Wayfair revealed some of the most creative ways to hide gifts from curious children. While some methods are truly one-of-a-kind, others leave us scratching our heads Check out the list below to see why:
- Washers/dryers: Because no one does laundry during the holiday season.
- Empty suitcases: Perfect for the families who stay home during Christmas.
- Attics or basements: Tell kids about the monster in the attic to keep them away.
- Trash cans: Nothing says "Merry Christmas" like a semismelly gift.
- Car trunks: You don't need to store spark plugs and an emergency kit, right?
- Dog kennels: Even the pup has to make some sacrifices.
- Behind ceiling panels: A hiding spot that would make James Bond proud.
- Guest bedroom closets: If they find the loot, say Santa spent the night.
- Crawl spaces: That is, if you can fit.
- Parents' underwear drawer: Only the bravest child would look there!
Where do you hide your holiday gifts? Share in the comments or tweet to us using the hashtag #popsugarmoms.
It may only be December, but if you've got a tot who'll be ready for preschool next Fall, it's time to get the ball rolling! Depending on where you live, the process can run from being easy and breezy to overwhelmingly stressful. While we don't have an in with the admissions office (sorry!), we do have some experience in finding a school that suits your needs. Keep reading to learn what to look for in determining the right destination for your child's foray into the wonderful world of education.
1. Determine Your Priorities
First and foremost, have a conversation with your partner about what you're looking to get out of your child's preschool experience. Are you simply hoping for a spot where you can drop them for a few hours a week to get some time for yourself; is socialization your priority; or are you looking for your 2- or 3-year-old to learn some basic skills? Most likely, the end goal will be a combination of elements. Once you know what you're looking for, do some research and identify a few solid options in your area.
2. Observe a Class in Session
Plan to visit the schools on your list during the week so that you can observe kids interacting with their teachers and one another. While it's easy to be dazzled by a neat and tidy empty classroom, it's more important to see what an actual school day would look like.
Thanks to Christian Bucks, no child at Roundtown Elementary School has to suffer through a lonely recess. After witnessing several students playing by themselves, the second-grader worked with his principal to install a buddy bench. Painted in bright colors, the buddy bench provides a safe space for lonely or shy students to sit and forge new friendships. Bucks hopes this special space will lead to better recesses for everyone.
"We show we care about others when we ask others to play," Bucks told The York Daily Record. "I also hope that new friendships will be made because of the buddy bench."
To see how other students reacted to the buddy bench, read the full story on The Huffington Post.
Santa Claus is coming to town, and kids across the country couldn't be happier. Well, for the most part. For some little ones, seeing the man in red causes them to cry, scream, and beg for help. As parents, we hate to see them scared, but at the same time we can't help but laugh a little. Some even like to capture the moment on camera. Check out how these kids reacted when they sat on Santa's lap. If your tots had a not-so-jolly time with Santa, share your pics with us on Instagram by tagging #popsugarmoms!
Even a book couldn't calm this baby down.
This little one did not care for Santa's house call.
We think Santa tried to give this girl back.
The Grammys may be months away, but Jennifer Lopez is already racking up awards. The singer and mother to twins Maximilian and Emme received the Grace Kelly Award at the eighth annual March of Dimes Celebration of Babies luncheon. The award recognizes Lopez as a celebrity parent role model and acknowledges her efforts to support March of Dimes' mission. Past honorees include Reese Witherspoon and Donna Langley.
"Your children emulate what you do, and I always want to set a good example for them," Lopez said during the luncheon. She also added that, as a mother, she knows the importance of raising a healthy and happy child.
Here's a post from our partners at BabyCenter! Every week, we bring you the best parenting and lifestyle stories from the experts at BabyCenter, including this post about the top baby names of the year.
Look out, Aiden – there’s a new kid in town! BabyCenter released its annual ranking of the Top 100 Baby Names of 2013, revealing that parents found new trends and interesting influences when it came time to pick that perfect name. The highly anticipated list also unveils a new name in the top spot – at least where baby boys are concerned.
There are some familiar faces on this year’s list, with perennial favorites such as Emma, Sophia and Liam maintaining their place in moms and dads’ hearts. But there are a couple of newcomers to be found, and some rising stars, as well.
Did your kids’ names make their way to the top 10 this year? Take a look to find out…
After an impressive eight years in the top spot, Aiden was finally bumped to #2 in 2013, with Jackson taking its place. Keeping with the boys’ ranking, we see that Liam continued its slowly and steady rise, settling in at #3. The fastest riser? Little Lucas, which jumped from #7 up to #4. The usual suspects round out the top 10 for boys, with Mason, Jayden, Ethan, Jacob, and Jack all holding strong.
As for girls, yes, Sophia managed to hold on to #1 for the fourth year in a row. Emma, Olivia, and Isabella all stayed steady this year as well. But it’s the #5 pick that made the biggest leap: After barely squeezing into the top 10 last year, Mia rose all the way to #5 in 2013. While popular picks Ava, Lily, Zoe, and Chloe can all be found near the top of the pack, there is one newcomer to the list as Emily bumped Madison this year, landing at #9.
Lets hear it for the boys! Maybe your little man has already provided you with a detailed wish list of what he's hoping to find under the tree, but if he's left you hanging, you've come to the right place. We've plowed through our past few months of gift guides to compile our ultimate list of gift ideas for babies through big boys. Whether he's into cars, crafts, sports, or science, with 100 picks to choose from, you're bound to find just the thing (or things) for your best boy.
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Cold weather is here to stay, and if your kids are anything like ours, they're probably anxiously awaiting the first big snow (and any snow days that might come with it). Encourage their celebration of all things Winter — though the season doesn't officially start until Dec. 21 — with a fun find that's all about the big chill. From snow toys to Winter-themed decor and clothing, the following nine finds will make this year the coolest ever, regardless of the temperatures!
Mini Boden Winter Fun T-Shirt
In sizes for kids 1-4, Mini Boden's Winter Fun tee ($26) features a stag wearing a Christmas sweater and an ornament on his antlers.
Snowboogie Polar Bear Foam Sled
Snowboogie's Polar Bear Foam Sled ($20) is 36 inches long with two soft, durable handles and a slick bottom for speed. The sled is super lightweight and easy to carry back up the hill for another run with a built-in grommet for a pull rope.
Aside from a first birthday, commemorating a baby's first Christmas is perhaps one of the most meaningful times of the year. That's why it's important to find just the right ornament to commemorate it. We searched Etsy and beyond for the the sweetest personalized ways to adorn your family's tree — for baby's first Christmas and beyond!
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