Skip it and Give it List for Your Kid’s Christmas Wishes

In deference to tradition, you dressed your little one up in their holiday finery, braved the crowd at the mall, survived a nap-deprived meltdown and stood in line for an hour to sit on Santa’s lap. You are all set to snap an adorable photo and listen to your munchkin whisper their wishlist to Saint Nicholas when they surprise you. Instead of asking for baby dolls, toy trucks or even the cliché pony, your little one wants a dizzying array of expensive gadgets and toys this year. If your child’s letter to Santa has you breaking into sweats over the holiday budget, you’ll need to find good alternatives to some of this year’s most popular gift requests.

What Not to Get Your Mom for Her Birthday

Cleaning supplies

We all can agree. Moms are the hardest people to shop for. You don’t want to let your mom down on her birthday (Hey, I thought those chore coupons were a nice gesture. Apparently not.). Looking back, I realize just how hard my mother worked to earn that prestigious title of “Mom.” She always took care of me and my sisters with kindness and patience, even when she probably wanted to throw us off a cliff. Make sure your mom has a good birthday by avoiding some of these “mom gift” cliches and faux pas.

To Bribe or Not To Bribe…

Do you ever find yourself buying gifts in exchange for your child doing the things he or she should just be doing? What about after a doctor’s visit? Or a kindergarten graduation? When is the right time to bribe?