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        The Maisonette Holiday Survival Guide

        Parenting Tips From Our Experts

        Cozy staycations with the family. Making snow angels before bedtime. Stringing lights on a cactus in the desert. There are so many ways to holiday, and no matter where the season takes you, we're here to help you celebrate. But for all those less than picture-perfect holiday moments–from shopping to schlepping to planning meals–we've gathered our best Christmas parenting tips to keep you sane until January.


        This year, while we're all for making holiday magic, let's let go of making holidays perfect. To help, columnist Lauren Smith Brody makes the case for a reset–lowering expectations and focusing on simpler joys. Then, author Eve Rodsky shares her holiday tips for parents to delineate (and delegate) all the little tasks that add up over the season. To keep things merry and bright, we've rounded up the best holiday movies, podcasts for long drives, and fun holiday traditions from the Maisonette team–reindeer food, anyone?

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        How to Avoid Holiday Drama

        Ask Lauren

        'Tis the season! From demanding travel schedules, balancing time with family, over-served uncles and fighting the urge to spend it all—literally and metaphorically speaking—columnist Lauren Smith Brody answers your most pressing questions about surviving the most wonderful time of the year.

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        Stuff Your Own Stocking

        Make It Holiday!

        You may remember (because it was oh so painfully true) the viral SNL skit featuring a bathrobe-clad Kristen Wiig as a dejected mom on Christmas morning. After exhausting herself making magic for her family, there was, surprise!, little magic to be found for herself. Cue a million group texts featuring photos of empty stockings. This year, why not take matters into your own hands? We’ve gathered a few of our favorite things to ensure an overflowing stocking—and a lot less resentment—this holiday season!
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        7 Podcasts to Listen to on a Long Family Drive

        Parental Arts

        Stave off the sibling fights and “Are we there yet??” refrains by entertaining everyone with a podcast. From individual stories to serialized fiction and science to debate, these shows will help the time pass more quickly, and maybe even teach your kids (and you!) something along the way.

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        8 Holiday Movies for Families

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        How To Not Do It All This Holiday