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Parents December 2018

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family tree

Threshold Holi-yays MugWarm Things UpDebut a hot cocoa station complete with kid- and parent-approved toppings. “I set it out on the day we decorate our tree and keep it on my kitchen countertop for the entire season—part décor, part treat!” says Sarah.Wondershop OrnamentUse the ready-to-color ornaments to your right, compliments of Target.Create Your Own MemoriesCrafting handmade ornaments with your kids is not only a special way to spend time together—the resulting masterpieces will bring you memories for years to come. “I love looking back at my son’s creations,” says Sarah.Threshold Snowflake Throw PillowDeck the HallsOnce the tree is done, branch out and make your entire home festive—giving kids merry-making assignments like hanging lights and cuing the music. “My son loves swapping out the throw pillows for holiday versions,” says Sarah.DISCOVER…

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a word about dads

Look for Jenny’s new column starting next month!ABOUT THIS TIME a year ago, I was in my office watching Jenny Mollen’s Instagram story as she posted from the makeup chair. “Guys, I’m here today for a Parents magazine cover shoot with Laz and Sid,” the writer/actor/comedian whispered to her hundreds of thousands of followers. “I’m freaking out and kinda cracking up because Jason thinks he’s gonna be on the cover and I’m scared to tell him. He brought a pair of pajamas for the shoot and everything.”I called our creative director, Agnethe Glatved, to warn her about the dynamic that might be unfolding on the set steps away. When we photograph families, our team is used to making last-minute pivots. The energy on set was amazing, Agnethe said. Jenny had…

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let’s talk about gender bias

Parents and our parent company, Meredith Corporation, are teaming up with the Association of National Advertisers’ #SeeHer initiative, a goal to accurately portray women and girls in media by 2020, the 100th anniversary of women’s winning the right to vote. For us, that means we hear you, Jason Biggs. Both women and men are raising children, managing households, juggling jobs, and so much more.For more information, visit seeher.com or follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. ■…

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how moms are pushing back on christmas chores

(STEPHANIE RAUSSER/TRUNK ARCHIVE.)“No more driving all over the state to attend every family function in December. We did six parties last year! This year, we’ll do one with our own family and one with each set of grandparents, and that’s it.”—Erin Heger; Olathe, KS“Visiting a famous local street full of really decked-out houses gave us our fill of decorations last year. We’ll go again and then not feel the need to light up our own place.”—Ingha Chopra; Los Angeles, CA“Cutting down the tree is something from my childhood that I fully intended to continue with my kids. But the thought of navigating rows of evergreens with a fussy baby, a headstrong toddler, and a reluctant bow-saw-toting husband? Well, we’ll get our tree from a supermarket this year.”—Laura Liberti; Ridgefield, CT“I…

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her santa note gave me hope

(COURTESY OF YVETTE MANES)WE HAD JUST come out of the toughest year of our lives. A move out of state to pursue a business venture hadn’t gone as planned, and we found ourselves with mounting debt and no job prospects in sight. My husband and I held out as long as we could, but as parents of two young children, we knew this couldn’t go on. We made the difficult decision to sell much of our furniture and use the money to rent a moving truck. During Thanksgiving break, we made the 15-hour drive back home to stay with relatives while we got back on our feet.At a Christmas-tree lighting a couple of weeks later, I looked longingly at the coffee cart, bitter that I couldn’t splurge on a chai…

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what a toddler sees instead of a “milf”

(THE NOUN PROJECT)MILPMLMom I’d Like to Pack My LunchMILSRDCRIBMom I’d Like to Stop Reading so Dad Can Read It BetterMILHWIMABHFMom I’d Like to Headbutt When I’m Mad and Almost Break Her FaceMILGMTAIBMNNMom I’d Like to Get Me a Tissue After I Blow My Nose into NothingMILPHSBLHSIIMom I’d Like to Push on Her Squishy Belly and Laugh at How Squishy It Is ■…