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Top Between Us Parents blog posts of 2017

Top Between Us Parents blog posts of 2017
As the year draws to a close, I took at look at which of the Between Us Parents posts have been the most popular in 2017. Here are the top 10 hits of the year (well, actually, top 11), and I was tickled to see that they span a wide variety of areas, just like... Read more »

How parenting feels like one long goodbye

How parenting feels like one long goodbye
I am terrible at goodbyes. If parting is such sweet sorrow, I’m usually more overwhelmed by the sorrowful part than the sweet part. This can make life hard. Just ask my husband, who had to deal with a lot of teary farewells during our long-distance courtship. And it’s especially challenging when it comes to parenting.... Read more »

25 Acts of kindness that don't cost a thing

25 Acts of kindness that don't cost a thing
Happy World Kindness Day! Small acts of kindness can make a big difference. As Aesop said, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Here are 25 acts of kindness that you can do with your kids that don’t cost anything. – Make and send a card to a lonely senior citizen.... Read more »
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7 gifts teens and tweens want this Christmas (and 1 they don't)

7 gifts teens and tweens want this Christmas (and 1 they don't)
What teens and tweens want for Christmas can be a challenge. They’re not always easy to buy for. To help, Propeller Insights surveyed more than five hundred of teens on behalf of Ebates to find out what the hot gifts are this year. They shared their findings with me and I wanted to share them with... Read more »

Kristin Chenoweth offers 3 pieces of advice for teens

Kristin Chenoweth offers 3 pieces of advice for teens
My daughter and I saw Kristin Chenoweth perform at the Paramount Theater in Aurora this weekend.   In addition to lighting up the stage with her megawatt personality and wowing with her amazing vocal talent, she spent a little time talking with the members of the high school choir she had invited to join her... Read more »

Joining in the Jolabokaflod: Plans for a new holiday tradition

Joining in the Jolabokaflod: Plans for a new holiday tradition
It seems like literally overnight everyone puts away their pumpkins (or as was the case in my neighborhood, someone takes and smashes them in the street) and shifts into holiday mode. Today, November 1, I saw a Thanksgiving display at the local library and noticed a shop window that was ready for Christmas, twinkle lights and... Read more »
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How to's for parents of teens

How to's for parents of teens
Parents can’t be expected to know it all. “How do I help my teen with this?” is a question that passes through my mind several times a day, at a minimum. Thankfully, there are people sharing valuable wisdom for those circumstances in which we aren’t experts. Here are some “how to” articles that I’ve read recently... Read more »

10 elements of digital citizenship and why it takes more than a week to teach them

10 elements of digital citizenship and why it takes more than a week to teach them
Digital Citizenship Week is October 16-20, according to some websites, like Common Sense Media. Other sites said it was back in September. Another says it’s in February and it’s just a day. At first, I was a bit confused. And, I admit, a little frustrated. Then I realized that the lack of agreed upon date... Read more »

What happened when I commented on my Senator's Facebook page

What happened when I commented on my Senator's Facebook page
Today, I left a brief comment on a Facebook post by my Senator complimenting him on one topic and asking what he plans to do about another, both related to his initial post. Within minutes, commenters attacked my appearance, saying I looked “disgusting” and like a bitch and that seeing my face “makes people sick.”... Read more »
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When a student brings a gun to your child's high school

When a student brings a gun to your child's high school
When the phone rang, my first reaction was to ignore it. I was finally making progress on a work project after an otherwise slow day and didn’t want to lose momentum. The ring persisted, slicing through the midday silence and demanding attention. I glanced at the phone. It was from my daughter’s school. I thought that was... Read more »