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Mom needs to step back to get science fair project complete

March 9, 2013 – 4:44 am

My son’s first science fair project required a lot of patience on my part, a few hours with grandpa and a lot of tongue biting.
My 10-year-old son, a fourth-grader, came up with is own project …

Welcome Monday, I mean Tuesday

February 19, 2013 – 11:45 am

You would think it was a Monday in our house. Just as we were trying to run out the door for school, my 8-year-old daughter decided to dump out her backpack. A package of crumbled …

Science fair sparks ideas, creativity for kids

February 5, 2013 – 1:37 am

I think I’m missing the boat at home.
In the last week, my big kids have come home with packets for their school’s science fair. My engineering-minded, LEGO-building 10-year-old son struggled to come up with an …

Getting through the holidays one sniffle at a time

December 12, 2012 – 4:44 am

A red nose here. Some green snot there.
Ah, the holidays are upon us.
Since just before Thanksgiving, someone in my family has battled “something” just about daily. Just when I felt I was done with the …

Service project starts holidays season right

November 19, 2012 – 12:45 pm

Last week, I wrote a column for the Tribune’s Money page about holiday spending anxiety.
A reader commented that teaching kids about service leads to appreciation.
I know the reader didn’t realize this, but just that morning, …

‘Mega Wedding’ highlights importance of family

August 13, 2012 – 9:54 pm

Every now and then I look back at a story I’ve done and realize I got to share something special.
A story last week hit that note completely.
Wednesday of last week I found myself at the …

Moms: What awaits you this weekend?

August 4, 2012 – 10:01 am

A little 2-year-old woke me around 6. We snuggled for awhile. Then we were joined by sister, who immediately started picking out clothes for a church event we’ll attend later today.
Big brother came in the …

What would it take to raise an Olympian?

August 3, 2012 – 3:10 pm
U.S. Olympian Gabby Douglas with her gold medal after the all-around gymnastics competition. (AP Photo)

“I want to do that!”
We’ve heard that statement several times in the last few days as we’ve watch Olympic gymnastics, diving and swimming competitions each evening.
I’m sure we’re not alone.
In the last week, I’ve signed …

Homework time! Kids discover their desks

August 1, 2012 – 10:32 pm

Homework began at our house last night.
After a fun afternoon with friends, we arrived home about 7 p.m. Since I’m still getting used to the idea that my kids are back in school (and so …

Son’s summer memories come from books

July 30, 2012 – 12:51 pm

What did we do this summer?
Apparently we did a lot of reading!
One of my son’s first school assignments was to create an acrostic poem about summer.
Basically, take the letters – S-U-M-M-E-R – and use them …