ParentMap, December 2014 Issue

Published on: November 25, 2014

We hope that your holidays are full of happiness, joy and the gifts of friendship and family. Perhaps the greatest gift of parenthood is the opportunity to watch our children blossom into adulthood. Our feature story, Follow Bliss, explores the science behind what fuels — and hinders — passion, creativity, success and happiness. Learn how you can step in — or stand back — to help your children find their passions and blossom in their own unique way. 

Also, don't miss Lights, Action, Carols, which offers you 70-plus performing arts adventures to amp up your family’s holiday. Get Christmas gift inspiration with Retro Toys Rock, which will have you remembering your childhood toys with nostalgia and help you find new versions of the classics for the kids in your life.

Finally, don't miss our interview with Lori Forte Harnick, a leader in Microsoft’s YouthSpark initiative (a global effort to create opportunities for 300 million youths in 100 countries). 

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Ages & Stages:
0–4: Operation Baby: What to Expect When Your Little One Needs Surgery

5–12: Merry Melodies: Trendy and Unexpected Instruments Kids are Tuning Into

13–18: The World is Watching: Teens and Online Privacy

Someone You Should Know:
Lori Forte Harnick, General Manager for Citizenship & Public Affairs at Microsoft, Including the Microsoft YouthSpark Initiative

Facts and Myths about Teen Suicide: Why Starting The Conversation is Critical

Faith-Based Education: Is it Right for Your Child?

Follow Bliss: Should We Step In or Stand Back to Help Kids Find Their Passion?

Out & About: 
Lights, Action, Carols: 2014 Holiday Arts Guide for Families

Retro Toys Rock: 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Publisher's Note

Voice: Real Life With Boys: ‘Recsposition’ is my New Favorite Word

Special Series: 
After-School Special: How well do You Know Your After-School Program?



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