Mommy Mentions

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.

Shopping assistance noticed

Food shopping. For some, it's a headache -- the shopping list, selecting the items, loading the cart at checkout, unloading the cart and loading the vehicle in the store parking lot, unloading the vehicle at home and, finally, putting the groceries away. On the other...

Girls, welcome to Boy Scouts on all levels

Girls, want to join the Boy Scouts starting as a Cub? Want to earn the Eagle Award, the highest honor a Boy Scout can earn? Welcome aboard. The Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors made it official Wednesday (Oct. 11, 2017) when its members unanimously approved...

Staying focused

A social media meme once compared a woman's mind to a computer -- just think of 2,000 to 3,000-plus browser tabs open at the same time. True, ladies? This mom would definitely say yes. It seems that once one thing gets taken care of, another thing appears -- from...

Would you treat a teen trick-or-treater?

For most communities, trick-or-treat occurs on Halloween, Oct. 31. For some, the age limit to traverse neighborhoods in search of goodies is 12. Question: If a teenaged-looking ghost or goblin showed up at your doorstep, would you turn him away? If you say yes,...

With death comes life for some ‘classic’ rockers

For some parents thirty-something and older, the death of rocker Tom Petty hits hard. Another performer who seemed still primed for more rockin’ and rollin’ — on tour or in appearances on awards shows or at smaller venues — left this world what seems like too soon....

Scary world we live in

Bomb threats. Shootings. Natural disasters nationwide. Disasters have afflicted the East and West coasts, from hurricanes and tropical storms to wildfires and earthquakes. Shootings have erupted in schools, workplaces and, scarily enough, at concert venues like the...

Let coaches coach and take talk off the field

Youth sports. A time to learn the fundamentals, some life skills like discipline, following directions and teamwork, and to perhaps build self-confidence and stamina. More importantly, it should a time to have FUN. It seems more and more that parents become more...

Singer’s speech to daughter special, right

This blog entry's subject matter goes back two weeks, but the singer's message resonates for all of us -- especially our little ones. It also contains that "You go, girl!" attitude that moms need to carry on and promote for themselves and their families. Really....

Remembering again, and never forgetting

Another Sept. 11, another year of remembering and, for those of us who were alive, reliving what happened in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The memories remain vivid for me. Working at what was then an evening paper, I remember a phone...

Student sees superhero, but we all can, too

Many area students, staff and faculty started their 2017-18 school year Monday (Aug. 28, 2017). Arriving home from their first day, students no doubt had that montage of paperwork that requires parental knowledge year after year -- emergency forms, permission slips...

Total eclipse of the heart — of the family

By now, most people might be tired of hearing and reading about the solar eclipse that graced much of the United States on Monday afternoon (Aug. 21, 2017). One more observation before we all start planning ahead to 2024 when the next solar eclipse is anticipated....

School shopping: Easy, or forget it?!

With some students nationwide already back to school and most in Schuylkill and surrounding counties starting in less than two weeks, it's time for ... SHOPPING! Excursions can end easily with little fuss and muss and everything needed purchased, or a tug-of-war...

Do you agree to ‘Wait Until 8th’?

An interesting article appeared on a website www.westportmoms.com on Aug. 1, 2017. Its topic: To wait or not "wait until 8th"? The "8th," you ask? What's that? Basically, according to the article, parents should wait until their child is at least in eighth grade to...

Team should have taken high road

The incident occurred Saturday, spilled onto social media and online outlets almost immediately and stands as a shining example of what not to do despite another team's alleged bad sportsmanship. According to online reports, the Atlee Little League softball team from...

Place for parents with lil’ ones appreciated

Calling all Schuylkill County fairgoers with the littlest fair attendees: It looks like this annual weeklong event just got a little more infant and toddler friendly. Martin Companies has set up an expanded "Nursing and Infant Care Station" featuring privacy for moms...

13 by 13

As August arrives and summer continues, so too does what seems like the obligatory summer reading blog entry. Looking back on the very few entries this summer, perhaps this marks the opportune time to present one. Backtracking to the first weekend in June, the kiddos...

Summer ‘slumber parties’ just a lil’ longer

As another summer month comes to a close and the last official month of summer begins, who wishes the time away from school and activity schedules could stay just a little longer? On this end, the answer to that question mostly sides with summer staying around....

Appreciation, interest impresses

It's back to work after a few day's hiatus for a club convention. Before heading to that event and upon return from it, however, a group's presentation brought a bit of inspiration and apparently leaves a good impression on my and my children. The first day off...

Spend time together for health’s sake

Research notes that spending time together as a family, from moms and their children to grandparents and their grandchildren, can benefit health and well-being for the long haul. An article shared many times in the past year on social media indicates that grandparents...

Silence golden at games?

Perusing Yahoo! this morning, a headline for a sports-related column caught my eye. Written by Eric Adelson of Yahoo Sports, "Youth soccer league calls for parents to be silent ... and that's a good thing" tells of the South Carolina Youth Soccer Association's call...

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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