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Memories of a trip to the grocery store with my daughters from more than 14 years ago came flooding back to me this week, thanks to a story my husband shared.

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We wandered into this week with our eyes – albeit protected eyes – focused to the sky. Monday’s eclipse was a sight to behold. Equally intriguing, I believe, is the fact that scientists could pinpoint exactly when and where the eclipse would take place, as well as the percentage and length o…

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Every once in a while, my former career in financial planning intersects my parenting. Perhaps that statement is never more true than when it comes to considering how to pay for college. Every semester when the new college bill arrives, I deliberate with my husband in how to help our daughte…

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As another school year begins, a whole new set of “eyes” is on children. Oftentimes, teachers spend more time with our children from Monday through Friday than we get to as parents. As skillful observers, they have witness to a side of our children that we don’t get to see. The classroom, pl…

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I was texting my daughter a few days ago to tell her that I was leaving work to exercise and wouldn’t have my phone with me. As I was typing, I misspelled the word “phone” as “hphone.” My phone’s auto-correct changed the misspelled word to “husband.” So, my sentence read, “I’m going to exerc…

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Over the weekend, my daughter’s summer job at an amusement park was interrupted by a severe thunderstorm. Warnings rang out from the loudspeakers, and employees and guests alike had to take cover for about 30 minutes.

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The tragedies in the United Kingdom recently have sparked questions from children across the nation – questions that don’t come with easy answers.

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Since Rick and I entered parenthood more than 19 years ago, the front panel of our refrigerator is the storyteller of our lives.

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I laughed out loud when Sylvia Plath’s protagonist, Esther, thought to herself that her physician could write a note to the university Dean to say that she was unfit to take chemistry.

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My husband and I treated ourselves to a dinner out last weekend, and enjoyed got a kick out of the little girls sitting across from us. It was a little bit like watching a theatre production of our lives from 15 years ago – “peek-a-boo,” trips to the bathroom, giggles.

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When it comes to prom, I don’t know if it’s the parents who are more anxious or the high schoolers. It’s been a few decades since my prom in the Red Devil gym. Some of the memories have faded, but what I remember of my prom is all of the hype leading up to it.

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I laugh out loud every time I read Garrison Keillor’s tall tales – “My father always said that you can’t plant corn and date women at the same time. It just doesn’t work. You can only do one thing at a time.” Aside from the seemingly missed relevance of corn and dating, this statement holds …

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It was thrilling to wake up last Saturday morning to learn that April’s baby was coming. In case you don’t know her, April is the giraffe who brought the internet world to its knees to monitor the progress of her pregnancy.

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One of the wonders of spring is the new life that blossoms, blooms and flies all around us. So much is to be enjoyed and learned from watching our furry and feathered friends.

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My daughter and I completed our March Madness basketball brackets just as the Big Dance was beginning. I was surprised with some of her underdog win predictions, but her intuition guided her to correctly pick the Final Four. Last year, according to the odds makers, only .09 percent of bracke…

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My daughter and I completed our March Madness basketball brackets just as the Big Dance was beginning. I was surprised with some of her underdog win predictions, but her intuition guided her to correctly pick the Final Four. Last year, according to the odds makers, only .09 percent of bracke…

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While most people have highlighted March 20 on their calendars to mark the first day of spring, my colleagues Beni, Emily, Vanessa and I have highlighted March 29. We wait for this day all year with guarded anticipation – it’s the date of Read La Porte County’s Annual Spell Bowl.

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Loud music and teenagers go together like peas and carrots. For as long as teens have been turning up the dial and rockin’ around the clock, their parents have been shouting, “Turn that down!”

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“The only way for you to keep a secret is not to hear it” Fred Mertz snapped to his wife Ethel. In “I Love Lucy,” the plot relies upon Ethel blabbing about Lucy’s harebrained ideas. When the secret is revealed, laughs abound. And, because it’s Hollywood, everyone lived happily ever after.

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I purchased two new kitty food bowls for Jimmy and Juliet – a blue one and a pink one. For two weeks now, they have eaten only from the blue bowl.

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The calendar hanging above me at Dunebrook notes Feb. 20 as Family Day in Canada. Of course, I had to “google” it to see if it truly is what its name implies – a day to celebrate families (unlike the United Kingdom’s Boxing Day, which is not at all a day for boxing.)

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Have you seen it in the night time sky – the bright, bright glow of Venus? I look at it and can’t help but rattle off to myself, “My Very Eager Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas.” Ask a first grader about the significance of that sentence, and he or she will show off a little astronomy prowe…

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It was many years ago, at about this time of year, that I had a conversation with the executive director from a domestic violence shelter in another community. She said, “You know, our agency sees more new domestic violence victims on Super Bowl Sunday than on any other day of the year.”

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Denmark has it right when it comes to Lego, Hans Christian Andersen and the delectable sweet pastry, the Danish. The nation also has bragging rights when it comes to raising the world’s happiest children; and its next best export may just be sharing the secret of the Danish parenting style.

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I was up late at night recently watching a documentary about drug addiction. This episode shadowed the chilling exploits of an addict – from lying to her physician, to strong-arming family into giving her money, to selling her prescriptions, to shooting up, to nearly overdosing.

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I was at the orthodontist with my daughter this week. As we settled on a date for her next check-up which takes us six weeks out into early March, I commented (and with sincerity) – that it was a shame that winter would almost be over when that appointment date arrives. As you might imagine,…

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One of the simple pleasures of having time off from work on a week day over the holiday is being able to watch old television re-runs.

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As the firefighters were combing through the destruction of last week’s warehouse fire in Oakland, a former Commissioner of the NYFD, Thomas Von Essen, appeared on a news broadcast. At the time, emergency responders were just getting the chance to move inside, so not much was known about the…

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When you think about all of the dangers that lurk around the house during the holidays and winter time, it’s amazing that children can make it through this time of year unscathed.

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“Fewer Parents Are Spanking Their Children” read headlines this week. This news comes on the heels of a report published in Pediatrics (the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics), which came to the conclusion that our nation’s parents are spanking less.

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When I let out a blood-curdling cry last weekend while doing yardwork, my husband didn’t even have to look up to know what it meant. He knew that it wasn’t the cry caused by a foot pierced by the pointed end of a shovel or a finger chopped off by the pruners.

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With our daughters older and enjoying a Saturday without mom and dad in the house, my husband and I have returned to one of our favorite pasttimes – attending auctions.

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The spookiest thing on Halloween isn’t fake blood and chainsaw-wielding zombies. It isn’t realizing that you’ve run out of peanut butter cups as ghosts and goblins are at your doorstep. It isn’t even the howls of coyotes against the backdrop of a full moon.

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I clearly remember my first taste of politics. I was in the fourth grade, and President Nixon resigned. It wasn’t his resignation so much that was embedded in my memory. Rather, it was the image of my mother crying. My sisters, brother and I walked to school that morning, and leaving her in …

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With great anticipation, I’m counting down the days until Christmas, as well as my second favorite holiday, which is the first Sunday in November. On that glorious day, Nov. 6, we “fall back”. For one fleeting day, we gain an extra hour of sleep – only to have it stolen from under our feet f…

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When author Anna Dewdney, creator of the Llama Llama series of children’s books, recently died, her final wish was a request that parents read to their children.

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I thought that I was ahead of the curve this week, with the first paragraph of two columns already written by Sunday.

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A new school year is now upon us. As much as it is a time for students to turn over a new leaf and start the year off right, it’s similarly a time for parents to start the year off right — with the teacher

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My husband and I have been devout in teaching our daughters about all the lurking dangers in the world: smoking, drinking, driving in a car with someone who has been drinking, drugs, driving too fast, and being mindful of unattended bags at airports and train terminals.

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Recently, my husband and I spent an evening watching a C-SPAN segment where survivors of the Holocaust shared their personal stories with patrons at the National Holocaust Memorial Museum. These brave and courageous people, now well into their 70s, 80s and 90s, told of the unspeakable atroci…