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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
Bedtime, not school time, is the problem

Bedtime, not school time, is the problem

It's a fact that a good night's sleep is essential to optimal performance, no matter the task. It is also a fact that America's teens, generally speaking, don't get enough sleep. Ergo, American tee... » Read More
The secret to obedient children

The secret to obedient children

As the old parenting point of view fell out of fashion beginning in the late 1960s, the vernacular that accompanied it all but completely disappeared. Today's parents don't say to their children th... » Read More
The love or hate of air conditioning

The love or hate of air conditioning

It's a funny thing. That's what Mama used to say when something baffled her. Like Mama, I prefer that things make common sense. Otherwise, I'll ponder, figure, study, and try to decipher that funny... » Read More
Living in black and white

Living in black and white

One Sunday while sitting around the dinner table, Louise and I began to tell Daddy stories, the ones that stretched back to the early days of his preaching life. Since I was born 12 years after he ... » Read More
Drawing a line on kids touching

Drawing a line on kids touching

Q: Our 5-year-old grandson sees his 5-year-old female first cousin from time to time. After they play for a while, he tells her he wants to "touch" her. This has happened twice in recent months. He... » Read More
Youthful choices and mistakes

Youthful choices and mistakes

To this conclusion I have come: the most deadly years of our lives are the ages 16 to 21. Those years give us a headiness that comes from new freedom - a driver's license - and the passing of the t... » Read More
The secret to effective discipline

The secret to effective discipline

On one of my Web sites I, along with a team of certified parent coaches, answer questions submitted by parents. In the last two days, 67 percent of the questions have concerned toilet training. A 3... » Read More

YMCA of Coastal Georgia to partner with LIVESTRONG

The YMCA of Coastal Georgia will become a provider of the nationally recognized LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program, thanks to an implementation grant from YMCA of the USA, the Y's national resource off... » Read More
The man who was

The man who was

Their histories, accurate and complete, are lost to time and buried with them and those who knew them. I wish I knew more, for their stories would read like a page-turning novel. » Read More
Better a ‘no’ hawk than a mohawk

Better a ‘no’ hawk than a mohawk

A mom recently asked me what I would say to my son if he was 12 years old and wanted a mohawk haircut for the summer. I told her I'd say no. » Read More
Protect your retirement against market volatility

Protect your retirement against market volatility

As an investor, you're well aware that, over the short term, the financial markets always move up and down. During your working years, you may feel that you have time to overcome this volatility. A... » Read More
Crazy and proud of it

Crazy and proud of it

My grandmother - Daddy's mother - was sometimes called "crazy" by others who didn't quite understand her eccentric ways. Of course, in the South, we are proud of such a label for it means that we a... » Read More
Bashlor back to ‘Getting It All Together’

Bashlor back to ‘Getting It All Together’

Carolyn Bashlor penned her first book, "Getting It All Together," back in 1980. » Read More
No benefit from arguing with your child

No benefit from arguing with your child

I absolutely love it when people begin to realize that the problems they're having with a child are of their own making; when they begin to realize, in other words, that the child is not the proble... » Read More
The power of hard labor

The power of hard labor

It was an early summer morning, an enchanting time when flowers are blooming, blackberries are spurting to full growth, and the birds are happy to have sunny warmth. I had taken myself out to the b... » Read More
The toils and troubles of toilet training

The toils and troubles of toilet training

Q: Using your advice, I successfully toilet-trained my daughter by age 16 months. It is now three months later and we are still using diapers at naps and nighttime. At her nap, which lasts several ... » Read More
Guyton girl takes a sweet stand against cancer

Guyton girl takes a sweet stand against cancer

Tisha Holland put her heart into a school project this spring. » Read More


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