Friday Holiday Round-Up!

I know the holidays can be a stressful time for some families—senior families are finishing up college applications, long hours are spent in the kitchen, extended families come into town, and the airports can be a mess for those of us who are going out of town (me included!). So here are some old posts I am highlighting that I think might be helpful for you:
What NOT to get a Teen this Christmas

Best Stocking Stuffers for Teens

Top Ten Gifts for Any Teen in Your Life

Charity, Perspective and Love Over the Holidays
The holidays are a great time to bond with your family and teach appreciation and perspective to your kids by volunteering and giving back. Here are some good ways you can take advantage of the holidays.

4 Easy Steps for Relatives to Survive the Holidays with Teens
Grandparents, great aunts, distant cousins all can take advantage of stressful holiday family situations to bond with estranged teens.

Video: My Golden Rule for Thanksgiving with Teenagers

What About Grandma? How Grandparents and Grandteens Can Start Connecting
Grandparents can be great resources for teens and teens can be a great source of enjoyment for grandparents, but how can you bridge the gap?

“Get me out of this car!!” 5 Tips to Travel with Teens–and make it fun
What you need to know before going on Vacation!

I will also be posting some New Years Plans for Families with Teens in the next few weeks so stay tuned.

Other posts that you might have missed this week:

What Happy People Have: 6 Ingredients to Friction Free Families
We all know those people, but is everyone perfect? Some of the patterns I have seen while meeting with thousands of families and how you can bring them to your household.

What is the best piece of advice your parent ever gave you?
I think teens selectively hear the advice they are given, this means that finding a mentor is really important.
4 Ways to Explain Jamie Lynn Spears to Your Kids
She is pregnant at 16! How in the world can this be a good opportunity for you? Here are some great ways to talk to your kids about it.

Dream big, work hard and you will get there, Happy Holidays!

Vanessa Van Petten

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