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What’s Wrong With a Little Tradition?! by Suzanne N. Stangland MA, LPC

There are lots of things to look forward to this time of year!  Gift-giving, parties, decorating, and spending time with family, to name a few.  And these are all great; however, one of the things that make the holidays even more meaningful are the traditions.  In a world that tends to spend so much effort breaking traditions sometimes what is needed is to slow down and remember the simplicity and consistency that traditions can offer, many of which point to the true meaning of Christmas! 

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Surviving the Holidays with Young Children by Cathy Clevenger, MSW, LCSW

Yes, you read the title correctly, “How to SURVIVE THE Holidays with young children.” While the holidays are crazy busy for all of us, I think that parents of young children likely have one of the toughest jobs in getting through the holidays and experiencing some of the joy, laughter, and precious memories. I am not a mother of young children, so I went to an expert, my younger sister. She has two boys, a two-year-old and a three-year-old. What I love about my sister is that she tells it like it is – the good, the bad, the ugly. She and her husband are going into their third year of holidays with little ones. I have made a list of her suggestions below. I hope that they are helpful to some of you.

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