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The working mom of an elementary student and a middle school student, Copy Editor Katie Campomizzi-Clews explores the unique challenges of balancing work and parenting and takes a look at issues affecting parents and children. Readers are encouraged to submit stories of their own trials and triumphs in the wild world of parenting to Katie for inclusion in this blog.

Time to change for changing spaces

Hello! September proved busy on the home and work fronts. Back to school, activities, homework (blog entry coming on that subject!) and an array of special sections occupied much of this mom's time. Time to start October with some blog entries! Scrolling through my...

Another orientation arrives

Nine years ago today (Aug. 20, 2009), my daughter attended kindergarten orientation. The occasion appeared on Facebook Memories. Seeing the post took me back to the days leading up to sending my girl to full-day kindergarten, five days a week. Up until then, she had...

Is there such a thing as too many photos?

"If you don't think photos are important, wait until they are all you have left." The above sentence appeared in a meme (from the Power of Positivity's page) on my Facebook news feed this morning (Aug. 2, 2018). A friend noted in her post that accompanied the meme...

Container catching drops drips of memories

August came dripping into Northeast PA -- literally. I woke up this morning to the sound of steady rain falling outside -- and the thump, thump, thumping sound of drips seeping through leaks in the attic roof and into containers. Running upstairs to ensure no other...

Tech-free fun can be had

Driving through Pottsville last week, about five youngsters ran on a sidewalk as I drove along the street. Laughing and talking, they abruptly stopped as I turned the corner to reach my destination. Did they seem a little distracting, or as if they would keep running...

Sometimes best shots are unscripted

Waking up quite early Sunday morning, I headed to the basement to wash a load of darks. They contained a pair of capris leggings that my daughter wanted to wear to a show that afternoon in Philadelphia. I added clothes stored in the wash area and other dirty items. In...

Jade’s last dance

It's only July, but like it or not Christmas season thoughts -- yes, the "C" word that excites some and others bemoan -- have begun. My daughter's participation in the Schuylkill Ballet Theatre means summer rehearsals for the company's annual presentation of "The...

Make library summer stop

As July rolls in amidst hot, sticky temperatures, take time to cool down with ... a book. Or Two. Maybe three. Do this at a cool place -- literally and figuratively. Your community library. Most area libraries tout air-conditioning. All, of course, feature a plethora...

Saying goodbye to middle school

Another academic milestone reaches completion today (Friday, June 1, 2018). My daughter will walk into the middle school building as an eighth-grader and leave as a high school freshman. (While my kiddos' school year officially ends for students Tuesday, June 5,...

Thank you, teachers

The school days dwindle as May marches on, but the amounts of activities and academics seem to increase -- fun days, fundraisers, exams, proms, dances, etc. Through it all, the eyes remain on the prize: The last day of pencils, books and -- sorry, teacher friends --...

It’s finally MAY!

The first day in May. In Northeast PA, it's absolutely -- and FINALLY -- beautiful. The sun is shining, and it's warm enough to break out the shorts and flip-flops! It's finally that month that sounds much like 'N Sync's front man Justin Timberlake singing, "It's...

The mom I am — and am not

"All your kids want is you. "Not the fit mom, not the Pinterest mom, not the PTA mom, not every other mom you think you should be. All they want is you, so be the happiest you there ever was." What powerful words for moms, especially those who have days where they...

Those four little words

How was your day? Those four simple words come from my son's mouth on the days we spend apart due to school, work and/or other activities. I find it sweet that he, as a 9-year-old, takes that initiative to ask. I tell him the basics of how things proceeded; in turn, I...

My princess in pink

The girl in black went light for Easter. My daughter often wears black concert T-shirts and leggings for casual wear, black leotard and shorts for dance classes and a few coats that contain black. She just likes the color, no other reason (in case you're thinking...

Stop, savor beauty as often as possible

With my daughter preparing to receive the sacrament of confirmation next month, the time for her to attend a retreat arrived. I dropped her off the morning of March 10, 2018, at our parish center. Nearly five hours later, the confirmands' parents and sponsors gathered...

Memes generate memories, conversations

Who in the social media world doesn't enjoy a daily dose of reminiscent memes? "If you did this and survived, your childhood was awesome" blares around a photo of youngsters riding without helmets on three-wheeled Big Wheel bikes, or on metal monkey bars. "This is how...

Time to act, take a stand and say, again, ENOUGH!

The tragic school shootings in Parkland, Florida, remain at the forefront of the news. Well, bring on the copycats. People take advantage of calling in threats to schools and making threats within earshot of others and on social media. In response, schools close or...

Puzzles produce plenty of things

I received a 1,000-piece puzzle for Christmas in the fifth grade. Its picture showed the scene from the 1982 movie "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" where the beloved alien hides among the stuffed animals in Gertie's closet. The puzzle took a lot of time to complete. I...

Stay home or go to school?

When your child wakes up with a nagging bellyache, a bad headache or downright fatigue, do you keep him home? What about a fever, upset stomach with vomiting or a pink eyeball? The latter three symptoms would most likely prompt a parent to keep Junior home, and...

The working mom of an elementary student and a middle school student, Copy Editor Katie Campomizzi-Clews explores the unique challenges of balancing work and parenting and takes a look at issues affecting parents and children. Readers are encouraged to submit stories of their own trials and triumphs in the wild world of parenting to Katie for inclusion in this blog.
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