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When Parents SHOULDN’T Put Down the Phone

When my son Ian was small, whenever he talked to me he craved my undivided attention, with unbroken eye contact, preferably accompanied by head nods and verbal acknowledgement. If I was half-listening, like I often did while reading the paper over … Continue reading

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Parenting Boys to Prevent Sexual Assault

Last week when I read the article in Sunday’s paper about Idaho campuses targeting sexual assault, I held my breath for a moment, the way I always do when I read statistics about assault. I have a daughter. The article by … Continue reading

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Teenager isn’t a Dirty Word

This week my youngest turns 13. He’s my third child to enter the teenage years, dropping the dependence of childhood like a coat that chafes at the collar and strains at the seams. With only a few glances back, he’ll … Continue reading

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The Bittersweet Beauty of Letting Go

Last week my daughter’s wish came true, like a fairy tale. She received what she called, “the biggest news of my life.” On Tuesday evening I watched her face as she listened to the person on the other end of … Continue reading

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