It's no laughing matter to a little one. Santa can be downright scary - all of that facial hair, the deep, almost-maniacal laugh, and the constant spying (he knows when I'm sleeping and awake?). We asked readers to share some of their funniest photos of their kids meeting Santa.
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"If not an elf or a reindeer, how about giving me a clone? There seems to be so many clones of you all over the world; could you do the same for me and please clone me? I could be in many different places all at once, so I could get everything that needs to be done, well, done?" - Lyn Brooks, One Mother's Dear Santa
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- Ali Swank | Parenting – Thu, Dec 6, 2012 5:27 PM EST
December 7th is National Letter Writing Day.While navigating the transition from adolescence to adulthood, we all had our ups and downs. That's life. But what if you could hop in a DeLorean time machine and deliver a letter full of advice to your kid self and make life just a little bit easier? What would you tell that little girl about those mean kids teasing you for being a nerd, or about coping when your mom died much too soon? How many of you wish you hadn't put that baby oil on your face to speed up sun tanning? In honor of National Letter Writing Day on December 7th, below are excerpts from women who wrote a letter of advice to themselves as little girls. Maybe the post office should figure out how to utilize time travel to deliver these words of wisdom.
"Don't cry now, just because kids can be so mean and ugly. Someday, you'll have kids of your own. They'll be sweet, beautiful children, and you'll love them so much you won't know how your heart can take it. And though the bullying inRead More »from National Letter Writing Day: What Would You Write to Your Kid Self?
- Ali Swank | Parenting – Tue, Oct 30, 2012 2:26 PM EDT
'Superstorm' Sandy is being called a once-in-a-lifetime storm. While it's the big cities that are grabbing most of the headlines, Sandy affected every family on the eastern seaboard. After weathering Sandy with kids in tow, our network of contributors are sharing their experiences. From basements and suburban yards in the most populated corridor of the United States, below are excerpts of stories about mother's intuition, which should never be doubted, and collecting buckets of rainwater to, in dire need, flush the toilet.
'Camping out' with family during 'Superstorm' Sandy
DENVILLE, N.J.-- We were lucky in northern New Jersey that we didn't get a direct hit when Sandy made landfall about 8-9 PM last night. We took all of our spare blankets and pillows and made camp in our basement. The large trees began to bend around 9 PM as the wind began to make an eerie howl and the gusts brought the noise of things hitting the roof.
Our lights began to blink, and we knew that we were in theRead More »from From Basements to Suburban Yards: 'Superstorm' Sandy Affects Families
- Ali Swank | Beauty – Tue, Oct 23, 2012 3:53 PM EDT
Nail art is all the rage on beauty blogs, Pinterest, and even Yahoo! Shine. Our Beauty Gurus showcase the hottest nail art trends with tutorials and tips to get your nails looking pretty this season.