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Beware of Hidden Allergens
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Am I Doing Too Much? How to Help Kids Become More Responsible
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A Christmas Story
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How Can I Get My Kids to Clean Their Rooms?
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How Much Allowance Should I Give My Kids?
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It’s Time to Return to School: Should I Vaccinate My Children?
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Only Children as Parents
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Someone Else’s Bratty Kid
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Can Kids Use Antiperspirants?
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Don’t Get Burned by Your Sunscreen: Tips for Sun Protection

Beware of Hidden Allergens

Remember Snackwells?  The near-miracle treat that contains no fat?  Back when we were told that fat, any fat, in our diets would surely lead to our artery-clogging demise, these cookies were a godsend to those of us with a raging sweet tooth.  And I remember my indulgence, eating almost a whole box of the devil’s food variety, proudly avoiding an eminent heart attack by eating dessert so wisely. But now, times have changed and the “devil” in the name of those (let’s face it) tasteless, half-dessicated cookies has an updated meaning.  Most of the calories come from sugar (satanic carbs!) and…

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Am I Doing Too Much? How to Help Kids Become More Responsible

  One morning last fall, I just had to walk away.  Homeschooling was not going well, specifically grammar, and I had to just take a break.  No, we all needed a break.  It was a Monday, my daughter was coming off her 10th birthday celebration, and we were in a sprint down Letdown Lane. Ok, I’ll admit it.  I didn’t just walk away.  I went and hid in my bedroom. Before I retreated, I gave my kids their science books and asked them to read.  I honestly didn’t think they’d do it (they did admit to playing Minecraft on my…

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A Christmas Story

This is a Christmas Story.  Not the Biblical one, not the one with the adorable, bespectacled boy who pines for a Red Ryder BB gun.  Still, it’s a Christmas story, but a different one. In a town near where I grew up, a girl was given shelter.  But that’s about it.  She went hungry under that roof, having to beg the neighbors and her classmates for food.  She stole a pair of shoes and was caught doing it.  Her explanation for her actions was “Because I don’t have any.”  She carried a foul, unclean odor with her.  Surely she suffered…

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How Can I Get My Kids to Clean Their Rooms?

I don’t get it.  How did we miss this when we bought our house?  More importantly, how did the home inspector miss it? There are no floors in my kids’ bedrooms. Ok, that’s not entirely true.  One of my boys does have a bedroom floor…and it’s carpeted!  However, his closet floor is lost beneath a teetering mountain of camping gear, books on pet care, and remote control cars.  But my daughter and older son…nope, no floors.  My daughter’s room is Party Central, and everything from clothes to dolls to crafts cavort in a happy, wild mix.  It’s like her closet…

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How Much Allowance Should I Give My Kids?

Guess my husband and I have been paying our kids sweatshop wages.  It’s not intentional, but with three kids, weekly allowance is a noticeable expense.  And right now, my husband and I do pay for all their needs.  So how much money do kids really need in their wallets? More than we are paying out.  There are definite clues the amount of money we provide is not enough.   For example, their birthday “windfall”  is so scorching hot it doesn’t have a chance to burn holes in their pockets; they spend it that fast.   And my son wants an…

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It’s Time to Return to School: Should I Vaccinate My Children?

It’s hard to believe the back-to-school season is upon us. Kids love the flurry of activity that swirls around shopping for new clothes and shoes (a pair of Tom’s, please, requests my 9 year-old, already a cute-shoe guru), school supplies and  for us, homeschool curricula. It’s not quite as much fun completing the requisite back-to-school paperwork and gathering and maintaining (ouch) up-to-date health records (yes, even for homeschoolers).  As I do the paper-pushing, I am reminded it is time to repost the following essay on the importance of vaccinating our children:   I’m going to give this to you straight….

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Only Children as Parents

When I typed “only children as parents” into Google, I found very little that discussed only children and their children.  Here’s what I found instead (among other things): “9 Reasons Why Dating An Only Child is Difficult.”  (Ha, only 9?  My husband would love to add to that list!) “What Being an Only Child Says About You.”  (with a title like that it can’t be good…) Various sites regarding support groups for the parents of only children. and finally (I almost peed a little when I saw it.): “Only Child Adult Blog:  Are You an Only-Child and a Parent?” which…

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Can Kids Use Antiperspirants?

My twin boys are rapidly approaching adolescence.  Moods are swinging, zits are erupting here-and-there, and oh, yes, BO is making its presence known.  Of course, my younger, sweatier son would be the first to need the Speed Stick.  Because in direct opposition to his brother’s love of the shower, he can turn on the water, physically get in the shower, and emerge with a perfectly dry head.  In other words, hygiene is even less on his radar than his brother’s.   Brushing his teeth is a small victory; getting him to use his “deodorant” is nearly impossible.  Fortunately, he is…

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Don’t Get Burned by Your Sunscreen: Tips for Sun Protection

A couple years ago I was walking through town with one of my boys when a complete stranger exclaimed, “Oh, my, you’re sunburned!” The concerned individual was referring to my son, whose face looked rather like a strawberry, red with his brown freckles like berry seeds punctuating his nose and cheeks.  My guilt resurfaced, a day after my son’s sun-soaked adventure.  Even though I had done my best to slather my son with sunscreen, he, like every time before, wiped his face immediately to remove the offensive gooey cream he hates so much, and keeping a hat on him is…

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