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January 16, 2019

Teaching Good Manners

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I grew up with a brother who was less than two years younger than me. We were raised by our hard working, single mother, along with equally hard working grandparents. I never really remember being ... Read More

January 10, 2019

Teaching Good Manner

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When I told my husband, Tobi, that I’d be writing a blog about courtesy and good manners he immediately said, “I’m not reading that, I hear you talk about it every day”, and he’s right. ... Read More

January 3, 2019

“No Thank-You!”

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“No thank you. I’ve had an excellent sufficiency. Anymore would be a superfluous animosity. However, your cuisine would please the most fastidious gourmet.” These are the words my father taught us to say when we ... Read More

December 14, 2018

The Annual Christmas Crisis

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Let’s face it. Celebrating the holidays can be very stressful and depending on your family’s background and traditions, the tension can last for weeks. Even if you are able to keep plans for your festivities ... Read More

December 6, 2018

Setting Limits

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A few weekends ago, during a busy Saturday of shuttling my three kids from once place to another, my 13-year-old son asked if he could make himself some hotdogs. That was once less person I ... Read More

November 15, 2018

Lifelong Memories

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Do you ever wish you could remember more things about your life when you were little? I am a father to one son named Hayden.  He’s 8.  I’m 48.  Yes, I’m the “older dad.”  But being older, I believe ... Read More

November 8, 2018

The Talk

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I am a husband, father of three, and two-time communicator of, “The Talk.” My oldest, and only daughter is now 15, while my middle child, and oldest son, is 13. My first experience of trying ... Read More

October 18, 2018

Raising Quitters

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I have three adult sons.  Each is a quitter.  Being a quitter is not always a bad thing. Since my children were young they had the opportunity to try new things from playing soccer to playing in ... Read More

September 13, 2018

Life Lessons from School

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I am a father of three beautiful, talented and amazing children. This is the first year in which each of our three kids attend a different school. Our mornings are hectic and we are crunched ... Read More

August 23, 2018

Encouraging School Success

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If you have looked at social media for even a minute during this, or the past few school years, it can seem that there is a constant stream of “look-what-my-kid-did” announcements. Our society has become ... Read More

August 19, 2018

Taming Transitions

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Adults have to make transitions several times each day. Most of the time, transitions are made smoothly and without much thought. For children, however, transitions can be much more difficult. Kids are still learning how ... Read More

February 14, 2018

Good Dad & Good Mom

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I recently read a statistic, where the number of families with kids under 18, headed by a single-parent, increased from 8.2% to almost 32% from 1960 to 2015. Between 2000 and 2015 the share of ... Read More

January 24, 2018

High-Quality Parenting

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At 47, Joe Ndiba describes himself as an “older dad.” He is also as a highly engaged, proud father of four. His first two children, a 22-year-old son, and 19-year-old stepdaughter are out of the ... Read More

January 17, 2018

Becoming a Good Dad

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Dr. Mike Dawson has been the Chief Learning Officer for Springfield Public Schools since 2015. He is also married to Dr. Wendy Dawson and the father of three great kids: Emma (17), Jack (13), and ... Read More

January 15, 2018

Following in Great Footsteps

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Mark Walker is the oldest of four children. He is also the President and CEO of TransLand, the Springfield-based trucking business founded by his parents in 1982. Today TransLand has a fleet of 170 trucks ... Read More

October 20, 2017

Handling Homework Hassles

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Oh, the joys of sitting around the table with your children, as they independently complete their homework assignments! I hope you hear the sarcasm of that statement. Having raised three, very different learners, the idea ... Read More

October 5, 2017

Homework Hassles

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When you were a child doing your homework did you ever wonder, “When am I going to use this stuff again?” For instance, when was the last time you referenced the Japanese surrender on September ... Read More

September 10, 2017

Three Girls, Three Sports

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How many of you are like me? While growing up you played as many sports as you could—baseball, basketball, football, and even soccer (VERY little)! I was NOT the best athlete. There were many of ... Read More

September 4, 2017

Good Bye to Summer

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Sometimes parents welcome it, while it seems that almost always, children dread it. What am I talking about? The end of summer. To parents, it can signal the conclusion of finding babysitters, refereeing a staggering ... Read More