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.

Take the kids, if you can

It's General Election Day, a time to select officials to lead us from the local to national level. While most of this year's candidates on the ballot are on the local level, it still matters to cast your vote. I might sound like a broken record, but I'll say it again:...

They raise kids without rules

Call them the "feral family" -- as a conclusion of a short video does. Lewis and Gemma Rawnsley's seven children live by no rules. Mom and dad give them free range. They choose their bedtime, their food, their activities. Heck, they don't even have to go to school!...

Anticipated movie ‘Wonder’ can teach us all

"Dear God, please make them be nice to him." Those eight words uttered by actress Julia Roberts as the mom to a disfigured boy in the movie "Wonder" brought tears to my eyes. It's due for release in theaters next Friday, Nov. 17. According to the movie's Facebook...

Little moments like that

Country singer Brad Paisely's hit, "Little Moments," focuses on the little things that his girl did that he "lived for" -- from backing his truck into something to burning a cake on his birthday and setting off all the smoke alarms in the house. As a parent, you...

Being himself

Another Halloween has come and gone, and the Christmas commercials have commenced full throttle. Grr... let's enjoy Thanksgiving first! Regardless, let's backtrack a day to Halloween -- a holiday fun, frolic, frights, delights, good eats, treats and elaborate and...

Might just be a game, but things can go wrong

Getting into mischief is nothing new for youngsters, but when it results in damage or even death, it's downright dangerous and tragic. Last Wednesday (Oct. 25, 2017) in Flint, Michigan, five teenage boys decided to play a game of "dinging" on an overpass above...

He helps, and does it well

With healthy eating in mind, buying fruits and veggies is a big part of food shopping trips. The last shopping excursion netted an array of them. I usually try and cut them up quickly to store and have ready for snacking. Cucumbers, I have happily learned, are popular...

What’s it going to take to make them stop?

It happened again. Four days later. My daughter took the bus to school Monday morning (Oct. 23, 2017). My son got transport from mom. Approaching the driveway leading to parent-student dropoff, a grey sedan blocked the thruway. A woman comes to my car and said, "The...

Threats at school no joke

First came the text message. Then the phone call and the email message. A bomb threat found this morning (Oct. 19, 2017) in a boys' bathroom at my daughter's middle school prompted an evacuation of students, staff and faculty. Authorities "swept" the building as a...

Motherhood: What’s your favorite quote?

Social media serves up many a mommy/parenting meme, from the sentimental to the silly. While perusing Facebook earlier today, a meme that has stuck with me since my daughter was born surfaced. A favorite, it read, "I never knew how much love my heart could hold until...

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...

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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