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A school district in Tacoma is investigating after a parent said her son was briefly kicked out of a virtual class chatroom for saying he admired President Donald Trump.
The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has been proven to prevent certain types of oral and genital cancers and other health problems. However, in a study published this week in Lancet Public Health, researchers found that more than half of the parents of adolescents who have not received the HPV vaccine had no intention to initiate the vaccine series for their children.
My brother, Jon, and his family were in town for a visit last week, and on their last day here, we decided to stop by a little shop for some ice cream. All the kids waited in the car with my sister-in-law while Jon and I went inside to order everyone’s treats.
With closures of a lot of in-person summer camps, what are parents supposed to do? I have to work from home, and I am back in school for my master's degree. I do not have a lot of time to give my child.
Honest, strong and responsible were just some of the adjectives that described my venerable father. My pillar of granite, so fitting since he worked in construction, was honorable and very hard-working. Life was practically drained from his handsome, yet weather-beaten face when he would stumble in with his dirt-covered work boots from a grueling day out in the elements erecting a building.
It’s a vicious cycle for many parents neck deep in youth sports. Pay an exorbitant amount of money for travel athletics, chauffeur children to myriad practices and far-flung games. Repeat ad nauseum.
Last Sunday, I got mad at my husband because he suggested we open a can of green beans to eat with our dinner. Flare-ups like that have had a tendency of happening since our family has been in quarantine together. We’ll be going along just fine, everything peachy keen, and then, for one reason or another, I’ll just lose it.
As of this writing, the Dittos are about 1
Earlier this week, my son Emmett celebrated his eighth birthday. As child number five out of six, he knows a thing or two about advocating for himself, since otherwise he might quite literally be forgotten. So, weeks before his birthday, he asked me to post a half-sheet of paper on the fridge with the words “Emmett’s Birthday Wish List” written across the top.
Last Sunday, I decided to lie down and read for 20 minutes before tackling the huge ordeal that is Preparing Sunday Dinner. I quietly tip-toed to my room, shut the door and climbed into my bed blissfully away from the chaos and noise that was happening just down the hallway in the living room.
I recently wrote about my oldest daughter, Lucy, getting her driver’s license. It has been truly life-changing to have another driver around, but having another driver necessitates having another car – and buying a car for teenager-level use is a tricky business. You want it to be safe but not fancy; comfortable but in no way luxurious; used but not so old that it won’t last through every sibling that follows over the next 10 years. In our case, we basically wanted a teenager car that was an extremely reliable piece of garbage.
Our world can be just so negative. There are so many things that can make or break our day in terms of politics, social media or even our own inner voice. Choosing to have an attitude of gratitude is something that I inspire to improve.
“Barber” is a title I never sought for myself. I was actually kind of dragged into it, much like someone who witnesses a mob hit and is then forced to “join the family” or else. I stumbled into my own little crime scene one night when my husband and I were engaged, and I came over to his house before we were to leave on a date.
Lisa Heffernan and Mary Dell Harrington, co-founders of the Grown and Flown website that spawned an enormous online community and a new book, aren’t fans of “helicopter parent” being tossed around as an insult.
It got to the point a couple kids ago that I just started keeping a sleeping bag stashed in our bedroom closet, and when a child came down in the middle of the night, I told them they could either sleep on our floor or just go back to their bed..
For children, just like for adults, anxiety is a part of life, and there’s a lot for kids to worry about: the first day of school, standardized testing, gun violence, divorcing parents or any other number of issues.
Summer has finally broken my brain. I realized this as we were driving to a campground on Lake Roosevelt last week, where we would be spending the next three days at an informal Ditto family reunion.
My middle child is really into baking, and I found myself looking for a cooking or baking camp that he could attend that same week. While there were camps in our area for kids, they all didn’t work out for one reason or another.
With six kids, the requests to buy stuff are endless. Dance uniforms. Yearbooks. Football gear. Bigger shoes. Violins. A dozen doughnuts.
A study by Northwestern University used how long an infant stares at an object as a measure of how interesting the object is, as infant “stare times” show cognition.