Families gather on holidays to stuff themselves with too much food, exchange presents and enjoy some calendar-forced quality time. I’ve always loved every little thing about the season – so much that I’m fairly-certain I’m one-quarter American-Elfin.

The tonsils are the two round tissues that live in the back of the throat. They stop the germs that enter the body when we breathe from going past the throat. Though the tonsils are the first line of defense in the immune system, some patients may benefit from having the tissue removed from …

Articles accost us from all directions promising that we’ll be beach-ready in 30 days; that we’ll “take 10 years off our lives” with this miracle injection; or that we’ll burn fat and “replace” it with muscle! None of them have a plan for how to live our lives day in and day out, the very be…

Today, the typical American parent practices — and, to be fair, unwittingly — what I call Egalitarian Parenting (aka Postmodern Psychological Parenting). The parents in question lack confidence in the legitimacy of their authority and behave, therefore, as if the parent-child relationship is constituted of equals.

Jonathan and Amanda Teixeira of Denver struggled for a couple of years to conceive before deciding to pursue adoption. After talking to friends who had gone through the process, the staggering price seemed insurmountable. "It's infuriating," Amanda said. "There are probably a lot of children who don't have a home that would have one if it wasn't for this ridiculously insane high cost."

Jaime Wyant's family doesn’t do the Elf on the Shelf; they do an activity Advent calendar instead. It's a way for her kids to do something fun every day while also ensuring her family gets to enjoy the many holiday activities going on. 

Getting teenagers excited for the holidays can be a little like pulling teeth. Unlike when they were little, they aren’t quite as quick to jump into the holiday spirit when Thanksgiving is over. It takes a little coaxing and, sometimes, a lot more effort.

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