Category Archives: Child Behavior

The Never Ending Screaming of a Toddler

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Is there ever the right thing to say to a parent with a screaming child? As the parent of three well-versed screaming banshees at some point in their lives, I just can’t give you a straight answer. At the risk of sounding like I do not love my children I’ll just say it right now […]

Can You Be Friends With a Bad Mom?

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It started so perfectly: a new lady moved to town and sat next to me at church. Her baby was a little older than mine, dressed in the same Sam’s Club plaid overalls. It was an instant conversation starter and she made me laugh. Not long later, Monica (names have been changed) invited me over.  […]


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Photo: Image by Lindsay Wright Our 3-year-old has a very liberal view on the role my wife and I play here at home. On the best of days, Victoria sees us as the commander of all fun things even remotely related to her, including (but not limited to):  the television, the refrigerator, the swimming pool, […]

Kick or Be Kicked

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The school called today — again. My daughter kicked another first grader, which is bad, very, very bad. Truth be told, the other kid probably deserved it.  I know which child it is, and she’s the kind that only a mother would love. Come to think of it, I don’t like the mother either. Besides, […]

The No-Fear Option

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“You just wait ‘til your father gets home!” All the moms in my neighborhood recognized the power of that phrase, and most used it pretty regularly. It was the Cold War, after all, and nuclear deterrent was the bedrock of diplomacy, at the White House in Washington, and at any house in the suburbs. No […]

Whose Poop Is This?

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Photo: Steve Cady When you mix together three kids and two dogs, you’ve got a recipe for copious amounts of unidentified shit. You’d think by now I could tell who left what shit where, but that’s not the case. Let me give you some examples… I’m attempting to potty train my son Jason. I’ve resorted […]

New Food Reviews

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Bread (any kind): Call me Jean Valjean, but this is worth 19 years in prison!!! Sliced Tomatoes: Gonna pass, thanks. Breton Crackers: A hand-over-fist favorite. Cheerios: I cannot explain my primal desire to eat this crap without sugar and sometimes even without milk, but I’ll have two more bowls and an overall bib pocketful to […]

I’m the Mom (Like It or Not)

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Photo: Anita Patterson In my life as a mother, some days begin beautifully. On the mornings when my daughter Quinn doesn’t stir until the blessed hour of 8:00 a.m., I rise from bed fully refreshed after a decadent nine hours of uninterrupted sleep. When I’m good and ready, I make my way down the hall […]

When It’s Someone Else’s Child

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Photo: Diane Diederich An age old parenting question: Should you reprimand, scold, tattle on or instruct another person’s child? After speaking with several parents and child rearing experts I can say without hesitation that the answer to this question is absolutely, positively… Maybe…depends…sometimes. Dipping into my own well of parenting experiences, I can wholeheartedly agree […]