Tag Archives: kids

New column: “Shower shoes, tears: It’s time for summer camp”

This week’s newspaper column is about the fact that I have let my 8 year-old daughter go to sleepaway camp, 3 hours away, for the first time. And I’m wondering if I’ve lost my mind. So summer, camp, kids, parenting, … Continue reading

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New column: “30 ingredients for an old-fashioned summer”

Summer is coming! Let’s do it the old-fashioned way–with (mostly) free, simple pleasures for young and old. I’ve a bunch of ideas in this week’s newspaper column. Thirty, to be exact. Thanks for reading! To read, click here.

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New column: “It’s time to donate the tiny toddler clothes, and big tears are falling”

Recently I decided it was time to pull my daughters’ baby and toddler clothes down from the attic, and give them away. I don’t know what I was thinking. The agony. So this, parenting, kids, childhood, memories, and more, in … Continue reading

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New column: “April’s forecast: sunny with a chance of grumpy”

April isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. So this, spring, life, poetry, and more, in my newspaper column this week. Hope y’all enjoy it! To read, click here.

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New column: “A trip down memory lane”

My newspaper column this week is about a trip my cousin and I took down memory lane, to our old stomping grounds at Clemson University. It’s also about college, memory, family, parenting, and more. I hope y’all enjoy it! To … Continue reading

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America’s children are out of time

“America’s children are out of time” Because of print deadlines, I turn in my newspaper columns a week before they’re published. This piece was written over a week ago. On Tuesday the college where I teach was placed on lockdown, … Continue reading

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New column: “Pay attention to me!”

Actually, the newspaper changed the title of this week’s column to “Every mom faces a precarious balancing act,” but I’m a temperamental artist and I like mine better. If I had my druthers, the title would read, “Every parent faces … Continue reading

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New column: “What I’m reading and watching this winter: ‘Finding Your Roots’ and more”

Hi, folks. Last week, I mentioned somewhere and to someone that the week had been a doozy. This week heard me say it, and is currently laughing in my face. We are battling influenza, lost gemstones, children staging WWIII instead … Continue reading

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New column: “‘Thank you’ notes, and the case for gentility”

Hi, all. My most recent newspaper column is about “thank you” notes, gentility, parenting, the modern world, and my being tired. (Just kidding about the last one. Or not.) I hope y’all enjoy it. To read, click here.

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New column: “Raising a sensitive child … when you’re a sensitive parent”

Parenting is not for sissies. Most especially when we see our own struggles manifest in the people we love most in the universe: our kids. So this, parenting, life, children, sensitivity, and more, in my¬†newspaper column¬†this week. I hope y’all … Continue reading

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