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Parent's Corner : Holidays

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Easy Animal Costumes for Infants and Up - Children look so cute dressed as fuzzy and furry creatures. Especially with whiskers painted on their chubby little cheeks! Here are some fun animal costumes that are perfect for infants and toddlers, as well as children of all ages. (Added October 12, 2000)

Halloween Costumes - Traditional Favorites - As trick-or-treaters reach our doorsteps, we will view many fun and frightful costumes. Over the years, several designs pop up over and over, year after year. If your kids are looking for a traditional costume, try one of these on for size! (Added October 12, 2000)

Creative Costumes for Halloween - As the years have come and gone, parents and children have become more and more creative in selecting costumes, from the adorable to the unusual. Here are a few to choose from! (Added October 12, 2000)

Strong Families Spend Time Together - Spending time together is an important part of building the strength of your family. Children and adults feel a sense of belonging when they can play, work, laugh, and cry together. Family traditions such as holidays, birthdays, trips, and special family events build memories.  (Added October 26, 2000)

Family traditions...Folklore...Familylore - Stories passed down from generation to generation make up your family's special folklore. Perhaps it's difficult to be sure what is fact or fantasy - family lore is probably a combination. The importance is not it's authenticity, but it's role in giving your family and you an identity. (Added October 26, 2000)

Teaching Young Children about Native Americans - Young children's conceptions of Native Americans often develop out of media portrayals and classroom role playing of the events of the First Thanksgiving. The conception of Native Americans gained from such early exposure is both inaccurate and potentially damaging to others. (Added October 26, 2000)

Coping With Holiday Hustle and Bustle - Families can better cope with the hustle and bustle of the holidays by following a few simple tips. Keep routines as normal as possible and concentrate on important activities to reduce holiday stress. Routines are important for children, so try to maintain normal meal and bedtime schedules even during holiday vacations. (Added November 10, 2000)

Holiday Toy Safety - Images of the holidays include twinkling lights, holly, Christmas trees, and happy children playing with bright new toys. But in years past, there were 113,000 toy-related injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms in the United States, with 95,000 involving children under 15. (Added November 10, 2000)

What Your Children Really Want This Holiday Season - Chances are your children have a long list of gifts they'd like to receive during the holidays. Are you frustrated because they don't seem to understand the spirit of the season? Maybe they just need some coaching. (Added November 10, 2000)

Post-Holiday Blahs - Fall and winter are exciting times: school starts, and at least one holiday appears every month until January. Vacations and long week-ends abound. In school children learn the importance of decorating appropriately for each holiday, and their excitement seems to reach a peak in December with celebrations at home, at school, at church, and at every organization to which children can belong. (Added November 10, 2000)

Holiday Safety Check - Holiday tree lights offer a bright, colorful array to a room. But those little bulbs can be a danger to a child. The time of the year is almost upon us when we need to use extra precautions in ensuring the safety of our homes. (Added November 10, 2000)

A Visit To St. Nick - Most malls or department stores offer children the opportunity to visit with a Santa "look-alike" to let him know about their secret gift wishes. Stores are not completely altruistic in this offering. Most entice parents with the offer of a special holiday photo of their child with Santa. Some now even sell videotapes of the child's conversation with Santa. (Added November 10, 2000)

It Is Better To Give? - For many children the focus of the holiday season seems to be on "getting." They pore over catalogs. They carefully attend to television advertisements. They poll friends to determine peer group preferences. All this enables them to put together a list of their most desirable toys, games and gifts. (Added November 23, 2000)

'Tis Toy Season Again - At this time of the year it is interesting to ask why some toys are big hits and others seem to be gigantic losers. The reason is twofold. Part of the answer lies within the child since each child is a unique person, with their own likes and dislikes, interests and of course, abilities. (Added November 23, 2000)

Learning About Our World: Celebrating Kwanzaa - December brings holidays for many people in our country. Christmas and New Year's are two celebrations that have long histories. A relatively new celebration is Kwanzaa, an African-American holiday beginning on December 26 and lasting seven days. (Added November 23, 2000)

Visits Top Gift Lists For Nursing Home Residents - Visits top the wish lists of most nursing home residents. But you, and many others, may hesitate to visit someone who lives in a care facility because you are not sure what to do. (Added December 19, 2000)

Take The Ravel Out Of Travel - Holidays usually mean seeing family and friends. For some people that means traveling a long distance. It can become a stressful event, if traveling with children. Here are some helpful hints to help cut down on traveling stress. (Added December 19, 2000)

A New Year's Resolution- Listen To Your Children - When parents begin the New Year, they often make resolutions. Quotes from interviews with children may suggest some resolutions regarding your children. The following are responses of a group of children to the question "What's wrong with grown-ups?" Their answers provide food for thought. (Added December 26, 2000)


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