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Family Time: Baby's first holiday? Give mom a break

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Tip of the Week

For new moms, each of baby's "first" experiences is a cause for celebration - first smile, first words, first steps - and baby's first holiday season is an especially joyous time. But along with baby's exciting holiday firsts, the season can also be hectic and overwhelming for moms. With the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, cooking, spending time with relatives and caring for baby, moms' needs can sometimes get lost in the shuffle. It's important for parents to remember that taking a little time for themselves is good for both them and their little ones. Here are ways to give the gift of some "me time" this season:

- Make a date with dad or a night-on-the town with the girls.

- Schedule some time for yoga, a massage or a pedicure to reconnect with yourself.

- Look for ways to engage in the holidays from a community tree lighting to attending a cookie exchange.

- Schedule a solo, holiday shopping trip.

- Get swept away by a movie night or visit a museum.

-- ARA

Family Screening Room

“Old Dogs”

Rated: PG (for some mild rude humor)

Length: 88 minutes

Synopsis: Two best friends -- one unlucky-in-love divorcee (Robin Williams) and the other a fun-loving bachelor (John Travolta) -- have their lives turned upside down when they’re unexpectedly charged with the care of 6-year-old twins while on the verge of the biggest business deal of their lives. The not-so-kid-savvy bachelors stumble in their efforts to take care of the twins, leading to one debacle after another, and perhaps to a newfound understanding of what’s really important in life.

Violence/scary rating: 3

Sexual-content rating: 2.5

Profanity rating: 3

Drugs/alcohol rating: 3.5

Family Time rating: 3. This is a decent family film, but stick to the PG rating.

(Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)

Book Report

“The Polar Express,” by Chris Van Allsburg

Ages: 4-12

Pages: 32

Synopsis: This Christmas classic has been back in the spotlight in recent years thanks to the movie version, but be sure to re-read this gem. The publishers sum up the story thusly: “A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa.”

Did You Know

The phrase “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” comes from an editorial in the New York Sun in 1897 in which the paper responded to a child – Virginia – who had asked if Santa was real.

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