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Homework debate: Hassle or helpful?

Subscriber onlyWhen I pick up our three kids from school, I ask two questions as soon as they get in the car. The first is "How did it go today?" The answers range anywhere from a grunt, to a "Fine," to a lengthy blow-by-blow of the day's events, depending on which kid I'm asking and how much he or she is willing to indulge Mom's curiosity on any given day. Continue reading...

Lightning strikes too close to home

Subscriber onlyIt was a dark and stormy night last month. Tom was out of town on business, and the kids and I were home watching television. Suddenly, we heard a loud crack while a bright white light flashed out from behind the flat-screen television mounted on the living room wall. Continue reading...

Smart phones have become digital dictators

Smart phones have become digital dictators

Subscriber onlyDo you remember that old game kids played in elementary school called "Simon Says"? One person (who plays the role of Simon) stands in front of a row of kids and calls out commands like "Touch your ear" or "Take three steps forward." Continue reading...

Reunited, and it feels so good

Reunited, and it tastes so good

Subscriber onlyWhen the staff at my nearest Chick-fil-A started calling me by name, I knew I'd probably crossed the line from "frequent guest" into "tea addict" or "chicken stalker" status. Continue reading...

Writer does battle with rebel rib

Writer does battle with rebel rib

Subscriber onlyIt happened again. It started out as an occasional twinge of discomfort between my shoulder blades, just a little to the right of my spine. Continue reading...

Child of the 80s reunites with favorite

Child of the 80s reunites with favorite

Subscriber onlyI walked into a children's museum recently and saw something that made me instantly happy. On one wall was a giant version of one of the best toys of all time -- the Lite-Brite. I rushed over to pick up a giant plastic peg, put it into one of the round holes on the black wall and watched it light up in a brilliant red. "Yes!" I said as I stood back to marvel at the sheer size of it. I was suddenly awash in every good childhood memory from the 1980s. Continue reading...

The face of diversity

Acne attacks

Subscriber onlyTeenagers have it rough. Sometimes I tell our teenager that, even though I'm a couple decades past that phase of my life, I remember it well -- especially the acne. Continue reading...

Procrastinate like a professional

In three easy yet excruciating steps

Subscriber onlyLet's just call it what it is. You're putting it off. Avoiding. Dodging. Hiding. Running. It has many names, but the most popular one -- procrastination -- makes it sound fancier than it deserves. Continue reading...

What's for dinner?

They’ll have two of everything

Subscriber onlyThere's one question that haunts me. I can't shake it. No matter how many times I answer, it comes back for more, more, more: "What's for dinner?" Continue reading...

Under construction

Pardon mess while we make things better

Subscriber onlyWhen I turn out of my neighborhood and get to the first stoplight, I have to choose. Continue reading...

Household memo: Regarding the logistics of dirty dishes

Regarding the logistics of dirty dishes

Subscriber onlyTo Whom It May Concern (and you know who you are): Continue reading...

Is shopper clueless or chronic?

Is shopper clueless or chronic?

Subscriber onlyGenerally speaking, I enjoy grocery shopping -- the piles of fresh produce, the seasonal displays, the cute helium balloons tied to the check-out lanes. Continue reading...

10 things I'd tell my teenage self

10 things I’d tell my teenage self

Subscriber onlySometimes when I look at my 14-year-old son and his 12-year-old brother -- the one speeding down the on-ramp to join his brother in the teenage years -- I think they're pretty brave. We grown-ups like to moan and groan about how tough it is here in the real world -- and it is -- but we forget sometimes that being a teenager isn't exactly a walk in the park either. Continue reading...

Summer bummer

Early advertising is unwelcome reminder

Subscriber onlyI wouldn't say this directly to my kids because they might take it the wrong way. But here's the truth: Back-to-school time makes me happy. Continue reading...

Figuring it out

What should I be when I grow up?

Subscriber onlyOne of the things I hear my kids worrying about far too often is this: What should I be when I grow up? Kids who don't even have driver's licenses are feeling stressed about what will one day be on their business cards. Continue reading...

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