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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...

Keep car safety in mind during holiday, all year long

The holiday seems to find us all hurried and hustling to get things done before Dec. 25, no matter how organized we are. With the hustle and bustle might come forgetful steps or hastily done ones. In this instance, we need to remember to buckle up when traveling by...

Reindeer reign this year

What good does Santa do on his Christmas Eve journey without his reindeer? After all, the eight tiny ones led by Rudolph guide the Big Guy's sleigh through the night sky. Reindeer play a big role in Christmas stories, holiday decor, treats, novelties and little gifts....

Share Christmas yesteryears with them

Lisetning to Christmas music en route to work and elsewhere, those songs that hit the airways in the '80s, the '90s and in the years before the kiddos existed surface. The song "Do They Know It's Christmas?" by British rockers and pop stars -- among them Bob Geldof,...

Laughs, laments and ah, so lovely!

Watch TV during the Christmas season and you have plenty of inspiration to get into the holiday spirit. Especially with commercials. Their content ranges from happy and cute to sad and sentimental to outright annoying. I mean, who doesn't cringe upon hearing the...

Proud mom moments mean much

You see them in many social media circles. "Proud mom moment! Joey made the dean's list in his first semester of freshman year! I knew you could do it, sweetie!" "Maria completed her first season of soccer with five goals. Way to go, girl! Here's to many more!...

Three words for day — heck, for life

It seems life just doesn't want to slow down. The holiday season underway, there are Christmas events to attend, gifts to buy and wrap, cards to write, seal and send, and more. Of course, the everyday routine continues -- school, work, activities, housework, bills....

Snowman set to float — and hide

A day to reflect on our blessings, gather with family and enjoy parades, football and other special productions has arrived. Happy Thanksgiving! For our family, it's time to enjoy the annual "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade," "The National Dog Show" and more. It's time...

Better to not give, and just celebrate?

The old saying goes, "It is better to give than to receive." It rings loud and clear during the holiday season, but what about giving nothing but time together and receiving nothing but good memories in return? What? No gifts to wrap? It would certainly save lots of...

Players’ incident example of what not to do

It happens all the time. A celebrity or athlete gets into trouble. The incident draws attention to himself or herself or, in the case of an athlete, the team, coaches and school/franchise (the latter if you're talking semi-pro or pro sports). The recent incident of...

It’s always good to go home again

It's good to go back there. Leaving home en route to nuptials 20 years ago, I lamented how surreal it felt. As we sat in the limousine outside the house, my dad told me that I could come back and visit any time. He said I didn't have to turn in my house key. Even when...

You might be an activities mom if …

Who doesn't enjoy comedian Jeff Foxworthy's "You might be a redneck if ..." routine? Apparently, many people do on the social media circuit. Other lists have morphed following the Foxworthy method. Among them, "You might be from Pennsylvania if ...," "You might be...

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...