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Parenting Perspectives: Child’s first cry still meaningful nine years later

My dear little Bug, Can it possibly be true? This past week I turned around, and inexplicably, my baby boy had turned into a 9-year-old little man who stands two-thirds my height and seems closer to adulthood than he does his days in diapers.

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Brooks: Mile Run Day not all it’s cracked up to be PressPass

I propose that next year each of our elementary schools hosts a 500-meter swim in which every child must participate.

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Parenting Perspectives: When sons demand my time, a song reminds me why PressPass

Whenever I’m feeling pinched for time and the kids are begging for me to do something, I start humming the words to Harry Chapin’s song “Cat’s in the Cradle” to fight the urge of answering that little clock that’s ticking inside my head.

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Parenting Perspectives: Enjoying the real rewards of parenting

With each passing stage the kids grow through, I think parenting can’t get better than this.

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Parenting Perspectives: I’m still learning the game PressPass

You expect to grow wiser as a parent, but, oh, isn’t it humbling when your kids prove you wrong.

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Parenting Perspectives: Cleaning makes men out of boys PressPass

It’s the unexpected actions that seem to mean the most when you’re a parent, isn’t it? The moments when your kids shock you because they didn’t fight, or they did what you asked, or when they spend an entire day with you doing spring cleaning … and they do so with minimal drama.

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Parenting Perspectives: Love for pro wrestling spans generations

The man marveled at the thought of my 74-year-old mother standing in line with us waiting to get her photo taken with all-star wrestler Kurt Angle. “That’s a-w-e-some!” he said, mouth agape. “You know, my grandma brought me to my first wrestling match, too.”

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Parenting Perspectives: Class knows no age

Dad, did those people think they knew more about the game than the refs?” my son The Bug asked me on the way home from a recent North Dakota State University women’s basketball game.

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Parenting Perspectives: Words escape preteen

It’s a darn good thing that my oldest son and I have football to talk about or entire weeks might slip by with nothing more than unintelligible grunts and shoulder shrugs serving as our means of communication.

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Parenting Perspectives: Son may experience a smackdown letdown PressPass

I’m afraid my youngest son, whom we call Bug, may set a record for the shortest amateur wrestling career in history.

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Parenting Perspectives: Son doing his best to outrun his father’s genes PressPass

Nothing about school in the past year has scared my son the Bug more than having to return one morning and again face the school’s dreaded running track.

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Parenting Perspective: Kids put thought into party PressPass

"Dad, we want to take you somewhere fun this weekend for your birthday," Garrett, my oldest son, said last week.

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Parenting Perspectives: No, Bug, I am not a witch PressPass

Fortunately for me my youngest son, “Bug,” doesn’t learn all of his life’s lessons from his older brother, Garrett. But he does learn just enough to continually keep me wondering what myth, rumor or outright lie I have to knock down next.

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Parenting Perspectives: Dad tackles fishing with kids PressPass

I enjoy fishing and I enjoy being with my kids, but the jury is still out on whether I enjoy fishing with my kids.

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Parenting perspectives: Grandma moving in with boys and me PressPass

My mother came to live with us a week ago – not just for one of her periodic stays, but full time; you know, I’m talking the big “P,” as in permanently.

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Brooks: Father flooded with love

The boys recently came home for the first time in three weeks ... literally.

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Brooks: Dad passes parent-teacher conference PressPass

Fresh off my quarterly parent-teacher conferences, I’m riding a wave of euphoria.

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Dad’s back in dating game PressPass

"You remind me of my dad. My parents are divorced, and I tell him he needs to go out more, too," she said. Yeah, just exactly what I, a single parent treading into the dating scene, wanted to hear.

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