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From homeschooling to home alone

Parenting
by Amy Henry
Posted 9/06/13, 12:53 pm

This week, for the first time since 1993, I am home alone without my children.

For the first time in two decades, I have not spent the entire summer scouring homeschool catalogs. I have neither read nor reread a single homeschool “how-to” book. My dog-eared copy of the treatise on classical education, The Core, sits, for once, ignored on my bookshelf while I have, instead, busied myself buying backpacks and these things called “Pack-Its,” which are apparently lunch pails with built-in freezers. 

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Sending your 'hand-shucked' son off to college

Parenting
by Amy Henry
Posted 8/23/13, 02:02 pm

Dear Austen,

Next week you join the ranks of the college bound, all 25,000 of them heading to your particular school. I suppose that means there are 25,000 other mothers out there also preparing for their children’s departures, as we have yours these last couple of weeks or so.

At least three-quarters of them are more accustomed to this whole saying good-bye thing than I and the other quarter are, and I wish I had their email addresses so I could write and ask just how, exactly, this is done.

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Signs at local ballparks warn parents to play nice

Parenting
by Alissa Robertson
Posted 6/21/13, 02:55 pm

We’ve all seen that parent screaming on the sidelines, getting red in the face, and threatening the referee. We may laugh and scoff, but some cities are taking action.

New signs at the ball field in Buffalo Grove Park District in Illinois encourage parents to keep their cool. The signs read: “This is a game being played by children. If they win or lose every game of the season, it will not impact what college they attend or their future potential income.” The signs highlight the words “game” and “children.”  

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