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Are We There Yet? archive for Jan. 1, 2007

SUNDAY, DEC. 30, 2007

Talking about adoption

I'd like to hear some advice from this group... I was adopted when i was an infant. I tracked down my biological parents about 10 years ago (biological father was already deceased, biological mother claims it was her friend and not her even tho all...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 26, 2007

The Day After

I've got that post-Christmas- kids are home for another week- what I am going to do- desperate look in my eyes.Too much sugar, too little sleep and too many electronic gizmos can make for some grumpy kids AND parents.So far, I've sent them out to...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 18, 2007

Last-minute Christmas checklist

Parents: I need your help.I'd like to write a story for Christmas Eve that's essentially a last-minute checklist for parents to make sure Christmas runs smoothly. What are the little things you always forget and wind up sending your husband to the convenience store for...

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MONDAY, DEC. 10, 2007

Car-seat conundrum

A reader wrote the following in reaction to our story on Friday about improperly adjusted car restraints for children:After reading your article titled "Study: most parents securing kids but doing it wrong." I attempted to find a local public agency which offered car seat inspections...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 6, 2007

Need Gift Buying Advice

Christmas is so much fun-getting into the spirit with decorations, buying presents for the kids. One thing that I have problems with each year is the gifts that I feel compelled to buy for my husband’s family. I give a photo calendar to my parents...

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MONDAY, DEC. 3, 2007

Delaying parenthood

I've come across some news reports that more women are freezing their (unfertilized) eggs for use later in life, when they are "done" with their career.This apparently corresponds with a trend showing that for the first time ever, more American women are unmarried than married.One...

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SATURDAY, DEC. 1, 2007

Keeping the gift count..

How do you decided how much to buy your kids for the holidays? Is it a set dollar amount or a set amount on the number of gifts? With 4 boys we give them 2 gifts each plus they get thier stocking from Santa. I...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 29, 2007

Girl vs. Clothes

“Mom, do you think ‘Mary’s’ mom is rich?” my daughter asked. “Why would you say that?” I replied. “Mary has really nice clothes.” I wasn’t sure what to say. “Maybe her mom is a very smart shopper and buys lots of things on sale,” I...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 23, 2007

A Thankful Day

Did you have a nice Thanksgiving? We sure did. My brother surprised me Sunday evening. While my back was turned to the door, he came up behind me and said, “I’m starving. What’s for dinner?” He flew up from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and only my...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 16, 2007

Should You Speak Up

I read this article on, about speaking up when you see another child doing something you think is wrong. Do you say something or keep your mouth shut? What would you do?

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SATURDAY, NOV. 10, 2007

Share your Thanksgiving traditions?

Anyone have a special thanksgiving tradition they'd like to share? As a police officer, my husband often has to work that day (or the night before or the night of). This year we'll just have some friends over and have lots of food and I'm...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 6, 2007

Can't Sew on a Button

I find it sad to learn that our local middle school does not have a Home Economics class to teach skills such as sewing. When I went to school, it was a required subject from the 7th to 9th grade. Our school now offers a...

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MONDAY, OCT. 29, 2007

Remembering Laura

It was a year ago yesterday that Laura Crooks died unexpectedly at her home. She was just 37.Laura was my friend and editor, and the founder of the Parents' Council here as well as this blog. (And also the tireless mom of two young children,...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 26, 2007

Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere

Behold, the great pumpkins. The fuzzy cell-phone photo above shows just a portion of the display of our Halloween coloring contest entries at Mobius Kids. All 680 entries are lining the walls of the museum. The pumpkins will be up through Nov. 4, and the...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 24, 2007

Mom, I need money

How should parents deal with fund raising for their kid’s school activities? If a sixth grade class is going on a leadership training camp for a day, should the parents pay because it’s a school activity? If fund raising opportunities are available, should the kids...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 23, 2007

What to do with all the artwork?

You could fill a museum with my child's creations -- and he's only been in school for about a month.So, how do other parents deal with that massive accumulation of scribbles and handprints and paper hats festooned with feathers and googly eyes?I bought a few...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 19, 2007

Are you a veggie-sneaker?

Jerry Seinfeld's wife, Jessica, is making waves with a recently published cookbook detailing dozens of ways to "sneak" pureed vegetables into kid-friendly foods. Earlier this year, a similar book came out. (Now, there's some controversy about whether Seinfeld lifted some of the material for her...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 12, 2007

From The Falls

Question: What's the best way to get a baby to stop crying?Sometime there is no "best" way, and you've just got to cry along. Any tips for new parents out there?

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TUESDAY, OCT. 9, 2007

Birthday Gifts

With small children in school, the birthday party invitations add up. One way we help our children share in the occasion is to have them write the birthday card. They use some nice paper and draw pictures and write birthday greetings.Any special way your kids...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 4, 2007

'Helicopter parents'

From a story we'll be running on Monday:As a consultant to several universities, Helen E. Johnson has noticed a huge increase during the past decade in bright students who lacked the maturity to handle college on their own.“They need constant reinforcement and support,” said Johnson,...

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'Kid Nation'

Anyone watching the CBS show "Kid Nation"? You know, the one where they plunk 40 kids in the middle of the desert to form their own society?A story in USA Today, which we'll be running on Monday, highlights some of the criticism of the show:Kid...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 24, 2007

Having kids close together

In today's Mr. Dad a gentleman asks about if he and his wife should have another baby so closely after the first. Have gave great pros and cons for both sides. My oldest is three years older than the twins and that was great because...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 18, 2007

Thanks for the memories

Here's an excerpt from a story we'll be running on Monday: Virginia Merritt of Newnan, Ga., laments that she has few records from her life past 8 months, including when she started walking.“I just have what my mom remembers,” she said.So for Evan, who turns...

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 15, 2007

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