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Teresa M. Pelham

Teresa M. Pelham

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May I Give You Some Advice? No, Thank You.

September 4, 2014

This dad gets this just right. Lots of good points about stuff people say you should or shouldn't do while raising your kids.

  • Parents Need An Education In Social Media Sites Their Kids Favor

    August 28, 2014

    "Incoming freshman advice: First one to get pregnant wins."

  • Why I Didn't Post First-Day-of-School Pictures

    August 28, 2014

    I’ve got years’ worth of photos taken at the bus stop with various neighborhood kids holding up fingers representing the grade they were entering. I’ve got the new clothes/new backpack/fresh haircut/nametag picture of all three of my boys on their first days of kindergarten. I even have pictures of each of them on the blacktop at school during the first day welcoming ceremony. (I apparently had some separation issues for a few years.)

  • Yes, She's Writing About Sunscreen Again

    August 24, 2014

    Since you’re supposed to apply sunscreen 20 minutes (or something) before going in the sun, the idea of spray-on sunscreen never worked for me. If we didn’t choke from the fumes caused by spraying indoors, we’d at least slip on a greasy floor or cover our furniture with a layer of oily yuck.

  • To Peek or Not to Peek

    August 20, 2014

    I was one of those rare expectant mothers who did not want to know the gender of any of my babies until they were born. Because ultrasounds are standard now for all pregnancies, we’re given the opportunity at least once to learn our unborn baby’s sex.

  • Harry Helping Kids Relate to Others

    August 15, 2014

    Talking to kids about diversity and tolerance is not something that happened when we 40-somethings were young. I don't recall a parent or a teacher ever bringing up the subject of diversity, and it really wasn't until I was in college in the early 1990s that I remember the notion of diversity actually being shown as a positive thing.

  • Dollar Tree + Family Dollar = Fewer Choices

    August 4, 2014

    Fruit is really the one thing to which I attribute being able to fit into my pants. I've tried all sorts of ridiculous diets in the past and now that I’m old and have various exercise-limiting injuries, I’m confident that having access to fresh fruit every day is the reason I don’t get bummed out when I step on the scale.

  • Country Bros in Daisy Dukes

    July 29, 2014

    I know it's been done before -- role reversal videos like this one that took on Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines."

  • Horrible, Rotten Parents

    July 20, 2014

    Yes, yes, yes. And yes.

  • Here's How it Could Happen to You

    July 10, 2014

    I can’t count how many times over the past 17 years I’ve felt a quick panic and thought “Did I forget a kid?” During the sleep-deprived days of newborns and even now, I’ve said to myself or aloud “Did we forget anybody?”

  • Eating at Starbucks? Say it isn't so!

    July 2, 2014

    When I first read this story about an "Ottawa mom" who was breastfeeding her baby at a Starbucks I thought it read "Outlaw mom." I guess that's what it's come to, eh? We are now considering women who feed their children in public outlaws.

  • Threats and Oreos

    June 25, 2014

    Three adults and six teenagers of varying athletic abilities successfully hiked to the summit of Mount Washington yesterday. While this may not be a first-time thing, the trip happened with a total lack of whining. Crazy, I know!

  • Are Kids Distracted by Colorful Classrooms?

    June 12, 2014

    For some crafty and creative teachers, decorating the classroom during those last days of summer vacation can be totally fun. (For others, I'm sure, it can be a losing competition among colleagues where one's non-artsy side is well displayed.)

  • Loading the Dishwasher and Other Horrible Things

    June 2, 2014

    Doesn't it sometimes feel as if parenting writers are spying on you? Jeez, this is my life (written by someone else.)

  • Epinephrine for Dummies

    April 10, 2014

    Click right here to watch my educational yet ridiculous video of how to use the new Auvi-Q epinephrine injector. Please, do try this at home, but just be a little more careful.

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