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Parenting Perspectives: O Christmas tree, can I celebrate without thee

Christmas is next week, and as I write this, I am not prepared for the holiday. Maybe it’s because I am not surrounded by the appropriate décor to get me in the mood.

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Parenting Perspectives: I, too, hope I live to see that diploma

A few weeks ago, my younger grandson and I were enjoying lunch – just the two of us – at a restaurant near my home.

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Parenting Perspectives: Ignore squirrels and grumpy cats and just keep talking

It loses something without character actor Strother Martin’s distinct delivery, but my favorite movie quote is: “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.”

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Parenting Perspectives: Like beauty, coolness is in the eye of the beholder

I have noted before that there is a vast distance between me and my daughter on the coolness scale.

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Parenting Perspectives: Teen years bring new fears

On Friday, my older grandson will celebrate his 14th birthday. A year ago, when he entered the teen years, I wondered (in this space) whether he would soon find hugs from his grandmother just a bit too embarrassing. So far, so good. They’re still OK. In fact, he often initiates them.

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Parenting Perspectives: Waiting for opportunity to knock

It is nearly the end of February, the “Monday of months,” I read somewhere. It’s the month of my birthday and Groundhog Day – both fall on the same day, actually.

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Parenting Perspectives: Readers feel downright peevish, too PressPass

It is always interesting to see what subject will strike a chord with readers. A few weeks ago, I wrote a column about my pet peeves regarding grammar, and several readers wrote or emailed me examples of what annoyed them:

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Parenting Perspectives: Which brings us to the subject that annoys me

OK, the election is finally over, and we’ve gotten back to our “normal” lives. I stopped recording on my DVR every TV show I wanted to watch so that I could fast-forward through the ugly political ads, and I’m weaning myself from going home after work every night and watching MSNBC. (But I do so like Rachel Maddow, and Chris Matthews was even growing on me.)

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Parenting Perspectives: Pattern could become, like, really annoying PressPass

My grandson has been a teenager for a mere six months, yet the transformation has been quite amazing and somehow immediate. I can now look him straight in the eye, and his voice has changed.

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Parenting Perspectives: Does it take a village to raise a child or committed parents?

I read the birth announcements most every day that I work. It’s not that I’m all that interested in the region’s new arrivals; it’s just part of my job as a copy editor.
One can’t help but notice a change in those announcements in recent years: It’s rare to have a list in which all of the parents are married couples.

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Parenting Perspectives: Grand women recalled PressPass

I have been a grandma now for 11 years, and lately I’ve been thinking about my own grandmothers and my relationships with them.

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Parenting Perspectives: True tales of cats and dogs and kids PressPass

I have shared my home with only one man and one child, but I’ve never been without at least one critter in my house since 1969.

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Parenting Perspectives: Grandma just a ‘how r u’ away from texting grandson PressPass

‘Hi grandma how r u” It’s a text from my grandson who’s 10 going on 11. From his cell phone.

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Parenting Perspectives: Food for thought from one picky eater to another

My older grandson could survive indefinitely on macaroni and cheese, pizza and cold cereal.

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Parenting Perspectives: Perfectly created scrapbook pages chronicle life events PressPass

My daughter is a scrapbooker; I mean a serious scrapbooker.

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Parenting Perspectives: Do babies really need to read? PressPass

Have you seen the infomercials for “Your Baby Can Read”?

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Parenting Perspectives: Halloween has changed over years, but still fun for all ages PressPass

Boo! It’s that time of year again – ghosts and goblins and candy corn.

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Parenting Perspectives: Youngest grandson a big hit with girls PressPass

Young love – we’re talking really young love here – is sweet.

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Parenting Perspectives: Summer road trips just not the same PressPass

Last month my grandsons and their mother made a trip to Minot, N.D., to visit their grandfather.

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Parenting Perspectives: Driver’s license changes needed PressPass

My mother never drove a car, so when Dad was unavailable I walked, rode a bike or took the bus where I needed to go.

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