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Are We There Yet? parenting archive

MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2009

Guys and dolls 

When my son was 2, he used to play with dolls. Now at 5, he wouldn’t be caught anywhere near one. I never discouraged him to stop playing with dolls – in fact, I prefer them to the superhero action figures – but somewhere along...

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Juggling it all

When a friend asked me what I was up to these days, I gave her a sample of my usual “to do” list. “Mothers have always quilted,” she said matter-of-factly. “That’s what women have to do survive.” I don’t like to sew and would never...

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The family that volunteers together…

Volunteering as a family provides quality time for busy families, strengthens communication and promotes cooperation, according to the Corporation for National & Community Service. For many families, the experience also increases problem-solving skills while enabling parents and older siblings to be role models to the...

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Books We Love

Every year, the Association for Library Service to Children awards the prestigious Caldecott Medal to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Some of those books are probably already on your bookshelves at home – they’re the ones with the gold...

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No cussing

I’m embarrassed to admit this, but my kids recognize a bad word when they hear one. Thankfully, they don’t use expletives in their conversations with friends and family but I know for a fact they’ve heard me utter the occasional cuss word during stressful moments....

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18, 2009

When Feelings Hurt

My youngest son had a half-day today. When he climbed into the car he started crying quietly. "I had a bad day," he said."What happened? Did you get in trouble?""No," he sniffed, and cried harder."Did someone hurt your feelings?""Yes!" he sobbed. "I don't wanna talk...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 29, 2009

Eight might be more than enough 

Earlier this month, I asked you about your thoughts on family planning and how factors that include money, time, religious beliefs and environmental concerns all play into your decisions. So along those lines, I thought I’d bring up the California couple that gave birth to...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 22, 2009

You are Getting Sleepy... 

I've been going through some journals I kept when my three oldest were all under five. I'm not sure how I stayed awake long enough to write because in almost every entry I mention trying desperately to get some sleep.One of my favorite entries starts:...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 8, 2009

Teaching Kids to be Lifelong Learners 17 

Sometimes, it is easier to measure how much a child has learned through scores, a grade or something equally tangible.But as many of us have discovered, the numbers or grades don’t tell the whole story. They’re a snapshot of a moment, perhaps, but they’re certainly...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 18, 2008

Parenting books for the holidays 

The hosts of NPR’s Tell Me More ( recently shared their favorites. They include:"Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood," by Leonard Pitts Jr.. A book about African American men and their experiences as dads and with their own dads."Infants and Mothers: Differences...

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