The School Conference Blues

Photo Credit Getty Images Middle school parent-teacher conferences are tomorrow and I can’t bring myself to think about going. It’s not the two hours I’ll wait sitting on hard chairs in the hallway, anticipating my allotted five minutes of playing musical chairs with each teacher. It’s that I haven’t heard a teacher say one nice…

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Calorie Counts on the Kids’ Menu

Photo Credit Tony Cenicola/The New York Times One kid-favorite Panera cinnamon crunch bagel: 430 calories. Add a medium low-fat strawberry banana smoothie (260 calories) or even just a lemonade (240 calories), and your 7-year-old is well into his 1,600-calorie budget for the day. Of course, kids rarely finish what’s on their plates, and it’s unlikely…

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Why Teenage Girls Roll Their Eyes

Photo Credit Getty Images Many people can roll their eyes, but adolescent girls have practically monopolized the ocular gesture as a form of communication. Adults on the receiving end of an eye roll are often offended, and sometimes that’s just what the girl had in mind. But frequently, it’s not. Eye-rolling serves a variety of…

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Mile 13 in the Deployment Marathon

Photo The author’s contribution to a Navy ship’s slide show on what families look forward to when their loved ones get home.Credit The hardest part of the journey is the first step, right? Respectfully, I disagree; I think it’s the steps in the middle. We’ve just passed the halfway point in my Navy husband’s seven-month…

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A Blended Family Survival Guide

Photo RibsyCredit Rique Sollisch Almost 20 years ago, when our five kids were all in elementary school, Rique and I blended our families. That’s the word the parenting industry uses. “Blend.” Talk about euphemism. There is no stress in the word “blend.” It’s one utterly pleasant syllable. Blend is how you make smoothies. Another delightful…

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