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When — and when not — to resort to spanking

When — and when not — to resort to spanking

It's time once again for me to clarify my position on spanking. I arrived at this reluctant conclusion because twice in the last week, I've been informed that I believe in it, which is not exactly ... » Read More
The world’s view of ‘being cool’

The world’s view of ‘being cool’

My parents, according to the world's definition of "cool," were not. Neither drank nor did either ever possess a credit card. Groceries and clothing were paid for in cash, utilities paid by check, ... » Read More
At the root of a child’s fear and anxiety

At the root of a child’s fear and anxiety

Since the beginning of the 2014-15 school year, several elementary teachers have asked me why so many of today's kids come to school with anxiety issues. That's a good question, one that I think go... » Read More
Living through Southern Living with Lindsay

Living through Southern Living with Lindsay

A few years ago, the magazine I have long loved - Southern Living - changed. Like most Southerners, I have an aversion to change which is why our traditions have such a stranglehold. We never let g... » Read More
Better classroom behavior starts at home

Better classroom behavior starts at home

A first-grade teacher asks what she can do about a girl in her class who is completely undisciplined. After nearly two months of this teacher's best efforts, the child's behavior is no better. She ... » Read More
History is better than fiction

History is better than fiction

Several weeks ago, I wrote about moonshine runner turned stock car champion Lloyd Seay, who was murdered in a dispute over sugar purchased to make illegal whiskey. » Read More

Flu vaccine now available

The Effingham County Health Department now has flu vaccine available. Cost for both the injectable (shot) and nasal spray form is $28. A high dose flu vaccine is also being offered for people ages ... » Read More
Dixie Diva

Dixie Diva

One afternoon, I had a hankering, a primal-like craving, for a supper of pinto beans and cornbread with a tall glass of cold, rich buttermilk thrown in for good measure and extra filling. » Read More
Living with children

Living with children

Q: My 7-year-old son does well in school and sports and has a good number of friends. However, he often allows himself to be intimidated by other boys. He is a rule-follower and is more worried ab... » Read More
Understanding the ‘teenage brain’

Understanding the ‘teenage brain’

I've spoken at several conferences in the last year or so where presenters were opining on the subject of the teenage brain. Their thesis was that features of the so-called "teenage brain" are larg... » Read More
The ones who lift you up

The ones who lift you up

Over the years, I've crossed paths with many who were extremely successful as well as some who were such miserable failures that, as Mama liked to say, "ain't worth the breath they draw." » Read More
Dixie Diva

Dixie Diva

That apple tree. Oh my goodness. Something told me it wouldn't turn out well. » Read More
Setting the bar — and letting kids reach it

Setting the bar — and letting kids reach it

A second-grade teacher writes: "I teach in a very competitive school where parents have developed a 'mob mentality' for bullying administrators and teachers. They have gone beyond helicopter parent... » Read More
The pieces of life’s puzzle

The pieces of life’s puzzle

This happened years ago. Mama was alive then, so it's been seven or eight years. I hadn't thought about in almost that many years but when it came to mind the other day, I took to studying on it an... » Read More
Pull-ups are not always a bad idea

Pull-ups are not always a bad idea

Q: My 23-month-old son does well with potty training when we're at home. We use a "potty bell" and he goes every 90 minutes or so. When we're away from home, however, he seems clueless. He pees in ... » Read More
The obituary call tree

The obituary call tree

Yes, I know that I am, occasionally, prone to embellishment. But trust me when I say this is the law and the gospel: I have a long-time friend who only calls me when someone dies. Most times, I kno... » Read More
Parents, let kids do the homework

Parents, let kids do the homework

Q: I homeschooled my oldest, an 8-year-old boy, until this year. He started third grade in public school in August. As a homeschooling mom, I was not a micromanager and don't want to become one now... » Read More
Everything works out, if you let it

Everything works out, if you let it

A friend of mine, long embroiled in upsets, distractions, problems and tribulations, called one day to announce happily that she was learning to "let things roll right off my back." » Read More


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