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THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2007

Stop, thief!

On Monday, we'll be running a story on plagiarism in the classroom. Teachers and professors say that the Internet makes it easier than ever for students to cheat, but it also makes it easier to catch the offenders.Has your child ever copied someone else's work...

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MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2007


Does hiring a maid send the wrong message?

Editor's note: This discussion was originally posted on Feb. 7. I've changed the timestamp to move it higher in case people want to comment on today's column.I am considering hiring a cleaning service for our home, but I am afraid I will give my children...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 27, 2007

Stay at home parents

In today's SR article Panel rejects day-care rules the reason by some for rejecting it appeared to be that they thought moms should stay at home and raise their kids. This is a belief I too share but not to the extreme of letting day...

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SUNDAY, FEB. 25, 2007

SATURDAY, FEB. 24, 2007

A Difference of Opinion

How do you manage when you and your spouse grew up with different backgrounds, which then leads to different opinions in raising your children? How do you work it out together?

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FRIDAY, FEB. 23, 2007

MONDAY, FEB. 19, 2007

Parents Council meeting this Saturday

Just a reminder that we'll be having our quarterly meeting this Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Review Tower downtown. Coffee and snacks will be provided.Our primary topic will be how well (or poorly) The Spokesman-Review is serving the needs of parents and families, and...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 17, 2007

Busy is O.K. for Kids--Time Magazine

A recent article in Time Magazine (Jan 29, 2007), discusses indications that children actually "flourish" when their schedules are packed. A study by the University of Maryland's Sandra Hofferth tracks how children spend their time and seem to show that kids are spending more time...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 15, 2007

Kids and Bad News

What do you do to protect your kids from the ugly realities of life? How can you protect them somewhat but provide them the skills to cope with the facts that bad things happen? I am very straightforward with my kids for any questions they...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 9, 2007

Temporary Kitchen

We’re planning a kitchen remodel. It’s exciting; yet the thought of keeping 3 young children fed is daunting. Will we require a separate budget just to feed everyone? With paper plates, disposable cups, etc. and also takeout food, the cost could get high. I’m thinking…cooking...

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MONDAY, FEB. 5, 2007

Diet-yuck!

Diet is a four letter word. I enjoy eating too much to diet. Yet I have found a way to eat and have my cake too. Workout! As I pump weights I keep chanting, “Chocolate cake, chocolate cake, chocolate cake.” It has been proven that...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 3, 2007

Are your kids picky eaters?

I've been having a good discussion about 'picky eaters' with friends. Some of them have some pretty wild stories (e.g. one child vomits at the site of grapes and cherries. even if someone ELSE is eating them). My kids are pretty adventurous, but whether that...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 1, 2007

Happy campers

It's hard to believe, but it's time to start planning for our annual summer camp guide (you can look at last year's guide here). Anybody got any ideas for stories they'd like to see in this year's edition?

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TUESDAY, JAN. 30, 2007

Parent Hacks--great website

Not sure if any of you are familiar with this site, Parent Hacks. It's an offshoot of 'Lifehacks' and gives fun/timesaving/"why didn't i think of that" hints for family life. Sometimes there are book recommendations or online bargains but mostly it's helpful hints. One of...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 26, 2007

Our first column

Be sure to check out the first Parents Council column on Monday's family page (B3). Lisa Paolino has expanded the Teaching Values thread from earlier this month. We've got a couple more columns in the works, and I'd really like to make this a weekly...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 23, 2007

beating the winter blues....

Anyone else ready for spring? I look forwad to having my very active boys being able to fun and play outside for hours on end... In the winter they seem to feel like they are stuck inside a jail cell when the weather outside is...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 18, 2007

Give Up Your Seat

In The Slice today, Paul Turner put in a mass transit etiquette statement from Liz Bourdon. She told of how young adults were sitting in the elderly reserved area and taking up more room than necessary. It is a shame to see any person, young...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 17, 2007

SATURDAY, JAN. 13, 2007

Pacifiers and toddlers...

So what is the deal with 2 year old's or even older ( I have seen them up to age 5) using a pacifier? It is absolutely ridiculous. None of my children used one after the age of 4 months ( that includes my preemie...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 10, 2007

Letting Your Feelings Out

There is a new Kleenex commercial on TV. It is about letting your feelings out. This guy had a couch and a chair on a busy city street and invited people to sit and talk. For example, one wife was sad because she would never...

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MONDAY, JAN. 8, 2007

She's back...

Hello fellow parents and happy new year.Nope, I haven't forgotten about you all - I just had some time off, and moved to yet another spot in the newsroom. This should be my permanent home for now, so you should be hearing from me a...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 7, 2007

Kids and Soda

If it were not for my husband, we would have no soda in our home. (I don’t like soda and I do the shopping!) I am dismayed to see the number of kids who drink a soda before school, who come home from school and...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 5, 2007

Girlfriends

I recently went to San Antonio to visit a girlfriend. The day after returning, my husband asks what is with my clothes and says that he never knows what to expect after my weekend out. (He probably thinks that I’m going through a midlife crisis.)...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 3, 2007

Parenting Teens

I am in a new phase in life: The parent of teens. I was so excited to see my precious babies venture into life and I had always looked forward to the teen years....I was going to do it different than my parents.....Think again... I...

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