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10 ideas to keep the conversation nice at family gatherings

What will you be talking about at the holiday table? Some people find camaraderie by putting other people down. It happens in the best of families too. It happens at the workplace and school. But it’s especially damaging in the family. Sometimes it’s just a bad habit. When Uncle Joe is the only one missing at the holiday table — does the rest of the family talk about him in an unfavorable light? Sometimes we judge others harshly. And there may be legitimate reasons too. But, you know when the talk becomes derogatory. Or when it’s initiated to find...

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The youngest child and humor

My youngest son sent me a link to an article about how the youngest child in the family is the funniest. It’s true that he has a way with words, he does not try, but he has always made us laugh. My dad had a sense of humor. He was the youngest of eight, his mom had him when she was 46 years old — twenty-one years after the birth of her first child. She’s my gramma who lived during the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. My dad often messed up the punch line when telling a joke, and...

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Why I homeschool

One late August day, I was in a store and saw a lot of moms walking around holding lists of school supplies to purchase for their kids going back to school. I confess, I was relieved I had no list. This isn’t because all my kids were raised and had moved on, but because I homeschooled. I began 15 years ago when I decided to try something different with our third child for his — or should I say “our” middle school experience. The neighborhood Middle School was the holding tank for my two older kids — even the Principal called it...

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Choosing a spouse

It’s probably the most important decision you’ll make in this life — who you marry. It’s not that easy. I have four sons and one daughter. When they were gathered home one week, we talked about choosing a mate.   What do you look for? How do you choose someone that is a good match? In Mormon life, we hope to marry for eternity. In our family, we hope to find a spouse that is a soulmate, as well. At the time, two of my sons were married and they eagerly chimed in with advice for their younger brother...

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Lessons on the value of money

Well, this is an embarrassing photo of me and my dad. actually, it’s hilarious. I can’t even remember the year, but I think it was 1972, when I had mononucleosis. My dad had a good sense of humor. And really, he had good taste in clothes. Well, maybe this wasn’t his best example, but come on the glasses are totally cool. He didn’t dress like he had money. But he did.   My dad passed away on April 5 in 2001. He was in his 81st year and basically got his wish — he did not linger — he went to...

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5 Things I didn’t tell my pediatrician

I have a great pediatrician. She saw all five of my kids from 1981 to 2012. But I didn’t always tell her everything. 1. My baby sleeps with us. Breastfeeding was encouraged, but tucking the baby into bed with you to make it easier — was not discussed in the 80s or 90s. There were fringe supporters, but you wouldn’t tell your doctor that you were a believer. I tried the crib in the nursery with my first baby. Then I moved the crib to my room, then I brought her into bed. I’m a light sleeper. I never rolled...

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When your brother-in-law is your obgyn

Thanksgiving in the1950s. This is my family — my mom is pregnant with me, so it must be 1953. She is standing behind my grandma, who is seated at the head of the table. And my uncle Bill is standing next to my mom — he was the family doc and delivered me (whatever that means, cuz it’s really the woman delivering.) Of course, it seems kind of progressive or regressive to have your brother-in-law examine your nether land. They say it’s a profession — and it’s all kept professional,  whatever that means. And I’ve bought into that —...

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Look for the results before you speak

My son got into the car, feeling down and bitter. When you’re a mom, that can totally bring you down too. All of a sudden I was on damage control. My son has a sense of humor, not a bad thing. In a class, the teacher asked “does anyone know what a countess is?”  My son replied, “a female accountant?” The teacher didn’t think it was so funny and reprimanded him in front of the class — “that’s enough…” I am sure this teacher wants to be a good teacher, but instead, for my son he came away disliking him. The teacher did not reach his goal to enlighten his students and encourage a desire to do better. Another son, working at a new position within his workplace, was graded by his boss on the second day of learning the new procedures. “You get a D — you didn’t do …..”  The upshot of that? My son was discouraged, he had been working hard to cover all the new information. Instead of staying late as he had been doing, he went home, on time. He said to me, “I would have handled that differently if I had been the one in charge.” Another son, another time, many years ago, in a second grade classroom. I was the parent volunteer. His teacher was revered as one of the best by...

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Leaving your children to go on vacation

  Is it ok to go on a long vacation and leave your little kids  —  let’s say a 19-month old baby, a 3-year old, a 5-year old  — for nine days? Do they understand that mommy and daddy will be back in nine days.  According to Early Childhood Today, they don’t understand the concept of time at this age . If this is just a pleasure trip (no emergency), consider getting away for a day instead. Or at least, take the 19-month old with you (Dr. Sears recommends this). Maybe leave the older kids with trustworthy grandparents, take the baby. The World Health Organization...

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Barbie’s Secret Past as Lilli

The Barbie Doll has quite a reputation. Some mothers love them, some mothers hate them.  It’s usually because of the exaggerated feminine body of the doll. Once you understand the history of the Barbie doll, it all makes sense.  Barbie has a past that isn’t appropriate for the makings of a little girl’s doll. But that information isn’t common knowledge. I remember standing in the aisle of Dorsey’s Toy Store in my neighborhood town of Montrose, eagerly eyeing the much-talked about doll in the black and white striped swimsuit. There were two dolls to choose from — Blonde Barbie...

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Should Kids Be the Center of Attention?

My Mother-in-law always frowned on the idea of little kids being the center of attention. (bless her heart) I have disagreed. Why shouldn’t kids be the center of attention? Especially in families with more than one child; it’s hard enough to get your share of attention. I’ve just never understood why she was against it. My 3-year old granddaughter got a hula-hoop over Easter. Family and friends were over, the house was busy and my daughter had relocated to the back bedroom to nurse her baby when she heard some noise in the other room — like maybe her daughter was making a mess — and decided she better check. This cutie girl, with hula hoop in hand, beamed up to her mom and announced, “there’s more seats available.” My daughter looked around the room at the sofas and chairs, found an audience of family and friends, and yes, joined them, in the available seating. Now, I think it’s just dang cute. And I recall my daughter doing the same — a little dance to the Little Mermaid for Auntie Diane and family. She grew up and out of that stage, but it was fun and so child-like. Those are moments I cherish. And what about this face? I can’t help but...

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Mario Saves The Barf Day

All moms have at least one — the worst airplane barf story traveling with kids. One of my sons, at the age of 13 had quite the rite of passage. He has always been healthy, seldom gets a cold or flu. In fact, his first cold was at age 3, and he thought he had a bloody nose when he got the sniffles. So, he really had no experience identifying the signs of “coming down with something” or even a case of food poisoning. We had just arrived at the airport after a long week of family gatherings. My...

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Working at Home

  We visited our granddaughters. And we continued to work. I’m hoping we can continue to work from our virtual office. After years of not having those little hands around your neck, you miss it. I love being with my grand kids, a two-year old can really lift my spirits. I know this sounds funny, but when you are a grandparent, a two-year old can be relaxing. Even rejuvenating. I feel as if I am on vacation from the cares of the world. Maybe this is why all my friends with grand kids say it’s the best thing. It is. I am glad I jumped into this parenting thing. I am doubly glad that my daughter and son-in-law have jumped in too. What a...

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Squeezing Time

    How do you squeeze time? I just become so much more aware of time as I grow older.  The need for more time, the realization that time slips by so quickly, that life is so precious.  That and the realization that this is only part of the play.  That is the most difficult part. As I watch my little granddaughter Olivia, she is so sweet, so cute, so intelligent, pushing the boundaries everyday, and needing a full time 24 hour watch dog as she investigates her day. Rachel and Olivia were here last week, staying with me...

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Dog Days of Summer

What does mother Eve do? Today I woke up and made sure my college kids arrived safely from Utah. Actually, I had awaken earlier in the night and checked the bedrooms, found Hyrum in one bed, Arleene in another, and Seth downstairs on the sofa. By morning, I found Hyrum in a different bed, Arleene in the same one, Seth still on the sofa. Yea, Hyrum sleep walks when he is tired. Next I noticed the dog not quite right, and examining her, found she had what appeared to be an abscess, so called the vet and got her...

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