Dear Friends,

      As we begin the holiday season, we’re reminded of the fond family memories of years past as we look forward to the new ones we will create this year. November is traditionally a month when we come together as families, from near and far, to celebrate the many people in our lives for which we are thankful. In my own family, even with our busy schedules, this is always a very special time of year, and I try to put in a little something extra to show the people near and dear to my heart how grateful I am to have them in my life.

      In keeping with the theme of gratitude, this holiday issue touches on ways to show kindness and appreciation for those in our lives and communities.

      November 13th is World Kindness Day and what better way to share our appreciation for others than to practice random acts of kindness? In our own everyday lives, we’re grateful for someone holding the door for us, that surprise card arriving in the mail or the person ahead of us in line asking if we’d like to go first. Filled with those little things that can really change someone’s day, we hope you and your family will enjoy talking about how to “Make Our World A Better Place: 44 Random Acts of Kindness.”

      Being thankful extends beyond the words “thank you,” and showing love for our family during the holiday season can come in a number of ways, including spending quality time together.

      We may spend the morning watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as we prepare the holiday meal together, but when the dishes are cleared and the leftovers packed up, what do we do next? Flip over to the article “Dinner Is Done, Now What?” for a handful of creative suggestions that will show your loved ones just how much you value spending time together, even when everyone is too full to move!

      Did you know relaxing together during the holiday break is the perfect time to help sharpen your child’s critical thinking skills? As you play a board game or work a puzzle together, you’re helping your child problem solve, while building critical math and language skills, a win-win for everyone! They are having fun and learning at the same time, creating memories with you that will be special moments they’ll never forget. That’s definitely something to be thankful for.

We wish you a wonderful

Thanksgiving holiday and look CONTACT US forward to seeing you soon!


Dr. Barbara C. Holley
Editor, Parent Magazines

Dr. Barbara C. Holley