Parents of Special-Needs Kids Brace for Holidays: Christmas Season Can Aggravate a Child with a Behavior Disorder

Thanksgiving and Christmas are times for family fun and joyful celebrations. However, parents of special-needs children with mental impairments will need to brace for angry outbursts and explosive behavior that result from changes in daily routines and too much stimulation. Too often, friends, neighbors and even extended family members don’t ...

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Oglebay Park’s Holiday Displays: Wheeling West Virginia Lights Up for the Christmas Season

Just across the border from Ohio in the hilly countryside surrounding Wheeling, West Virginia is home to a spectacular holiday light display. The Festival of Lights at Oglebay Park will warm the heart of any Scrooge with lights, animation, music and a zoo. The Park is on route 88, four ...

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Making Holidays Bright for Children of Divorce: Tips to Make the Season Less Stressful for Split Families

The holidays are supposed to be all candy canes and sugar plums for children, but for children of divorce the holidays can be especially stressful. They may miss the parent they are not spending the holiday with. The holidays can be a painful reminder that life is not as it ...

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Labor Day Activities, Crafts, and Music for Kids

Labor Day is a great way to teach children about work and the different kinds of jobs they can have when they grow up. Here are some fun ways to helps kids celebrate the day. Labor Day Activity for Children Labor Day began in 1882 as a way to pay ...

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Kids Give October a Holiday Makeover

Halloween falls on October 31 every year. Decorations go up as early as the last week of September and candy is bought in bulk long before September is gone. Come the first day of November all the candy, costumes and decorations are hastily put away. The giddy celebrations of the ...

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If Consumers Cancelled Holiday Spending

Given the urge of a return to sanity in spending and a re-emphasis on saving in response to the rough economic times that we have been living through, what would happen if consumers stopped spending on the major retail holidays? Even though Halloween is not a holiday, it has earned ...

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Ideas for Keeping Children Entertained in the Holidays

You need to wrap presents, write Christmas cards, prepare food and you need to keep your children entertained. This is no easy challenge! I have put together some easy ideas for activities that will keep your children amused for hours. Peppermint creamsThese are straightforward to make and tasty. They are ...

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How to Host a Holiday Wassail Party: Everything You Need to Know to Throw a Traditional Christmas Party

This desire is sealed with a drink of wassail, a heady drink filled with spices believed to promote health and vitality – hence the toast. Originally, participants would take the drink from house to house. Over the years the ceremony has evolved to suit the needs of its celebrants, and ...

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How to Have an Enjoyable French Holiday: A Guide to Saving Money and Avoiding Tourist Traps

American and British tourists returning from France often have mixed experiences, but the worst stories are predictable – language difficulties, the French weren’t friendly, the whole country was one big tourist trap. Don’t let your first trip to France turn out like this. If you plan ahead and consider exploring ...

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