Flaps, Textures, and Animals: 12 Books Your 12 Month Old Will Love

Selecting books for little readers can be difficult, overwhelming, and frustrating. This holiday season, whether you’re shopping for your own children or for gifts, check out Daily Mom’s favorite books for children ages 12-24 months. Our list features books with textures, flaps, and other surprises – along with a few classics – and trust us: you can’t go wrong with these great reads.

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Christmas Eve Elf Gift Tradition

 

Your child has learned to love their Elf on a Shelf friend over the past month or so. It has almost become a part of the family, so instead of leaving your children with a sense of doom as the Elf “reports” back to Santa if they’ve been naughty or nice, choose to start a new fun tradition every Christmas Eve – the elf gift.

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How to encourage an attitude of gratitude

Thanksgiving will be celebrated and gone, but how do you encourage an “attitude of gratitude” all year long in your child? Saying “thank you” is certainly part of having excellent manners, but instilling a spirit of thankfulness in your daughter or son is a character trait a step beyond courtesy, and a definite challenge in a consumer world. Daily Mom shares tips on how to foster an everyday appreciation for both tangible and intangible blessings.

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Celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas

Years ago, interfaith families faced what was called the “December Dilemma”: whether to celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah. With the increase in Christian-Jewish marriages, however, it has become much more commonplace to celebrate both, but many interfaith families still choose to focus on only one. If you’re faced with this choice for your family, or perhaps seeking to understand these choices, read on for some reasons families give for celebrating, or not celebrating, both Hanukkah and Christmas.

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Keeping Your Loved Ones Memory Alive During the Holidays

For those of us that have recently lost a loved one, the holidays can be a daunting, awkward and lonely time. This might be your first Christmas celebrating without your loved one, or you are finally at a point where you want to keep your loved one’s memory alive for your growing family. Whatever your situation may be, we have rounded up some suggestions and ideas to light up your loved one’s spirit and memory, and to keep the merry cheer going in your family for years to come.

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Stress-Free Holiday Planning Guide (day by day)

the ultimate stress free holiday planning guide

With Thanksgiving wrapping up and Christmas just around the corner you might be feeling slightly overwhelmed, but we have the perfect solution, our Stress-Free Christmas preparation list, to have you organized, relaxed and ready to enjoy every bit of the holidays with the ones that matter, your family.

To download a printable version, use this link:
Stress Free Holiday Planning Guide
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Thanksgiving Dinner: Classic Side Dishes With A Twist

Yes, the turkey is important. Yes, pumpkin and pecan pie are staples on many Thanksgiving tables. But what really makes the Thanksgiving meal? Side dishes!

Here are three classic side dishes with a Daily Mom twist – slightly healthier, and featuring slightly different flavors, but sure to please whoever is joining you to give thanks this Thanksgiving.

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Handprint Turkeys: A Thanksgiving Family Tradition

With all of the hustle and bustle of cooking, cleaning and preparing for relatives on Thanksgiving day, it might be difficult to include your children in helping with your tasks and preparations simply because of time restraints. But you still want them to feel like they are contributing and celebrating the holiday in their own special way. We found a cute, easy DIY craft that will occupy their time while you are busy in the kitchen. And best of all, it’s something they will want to do every year to commemorate the day and see how much they’ve grown. These Hand Print Turkeys are sure to become one of your most cherished Thanksgiving traditions with your children!

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BBQ Grilled Thanksgiving Turkey

 

If you’re like many people, allotting the correct time to cook the Thanksgiving turkey, along with the vast array of side dishes can be a pain in the gizzard to accordingly plan oven times and temps. Instead of waking up extra early to put your turkey in your conventional oven, we challenge you to think outside the box, and utilize a piece of equipment that usually just sits outside and collects dust after Labor Day – your BBQ grill!

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