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What brought you joy this week?

B. P. asks from Chicago

I just like asking this question, cause it encourages me to think about the joyful aspects of my life, and not focus on the negative. What brought me joy this week was our son reading his first chapter book for pleasure, and asking for the entire series. Reading has alw...

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How did this happen?? Freshman year

S. W. asks from Birmingham

Hello Moms and Dads, This isn't really a question but I would greatly appreciate input from the more experienced. My darling son will turn 15 in roughly 2 weeks. The summer is going by like quicksilver, as they always do. He's been to several computer coding cam...

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Help me get our kid out of the house!

B. P. asks from Chicago

Our 14 year old is complaining about being bored. Since coming home from camp, here's been doing 2 hours of tutoring a day (he has a learning disability so this isn't a punishment...he needs tutoring), he does chores willingly, he practices piano. Otherwise, whatever we...

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cultivating the housecleaning habit

J. G. asks from Chicago

I've been hitting myself on the head for not encouraging group cleaning sessions from when the kids were smaller. I've always encouraged them to put away their messes, etc. and in the last two years, I've been gradually moving them towards more and more contributions arou...

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Help me organize a dining club!

M. P. asks from Chicago

An organization to which I belong needs a new organizer for a monthly ethnic dining club. The members are primarily middle aged and above women. My questions are: What days would be best? What times would be best? I'll also poll the membership, but typically, those pol...

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Teens vs. Toddlers

by Karen Rosenberg

When my oldest daughter turned two, someone sent us a one column cartoon that had pictures of parents in the hospital holding their newborn baby. The caption read, “Well, I guess that the hard part is over.”… More