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Teresa M. Pelham

Teresa M. Pelham

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Cutting the Cord

January 28, 2015

When the school nurse called home to say that you had puked all over the classroom floor, she might not have reached your mom on the first try. You might have had to actually wait a few hours until someone was reached, likely without the aid of voicemail, depending on your age.

  • Tinky-Winky: Where is he now?

    January 16, 2015

    My oldest dude was an impressionable baby when those crazy Teletubbies first appeared on our TV screens in the late 1990s. Mother and son were equally mesmerized. We watched it every day. (These were the olden days, when we had no On Demand or DVR, and actually didn't even have a DVD player, so we watched according to the TV schedule.)

  • Cassandra's Choice

    January 4, 2015

    What's missing from this story -- about a 17-year-old girl's fight to opt out of chemotherapy -- is what her prognosis would be if she does the treatment. Knowing that information would shape the way I think about this.

  • School Lunch Better Than Brown Bag Lunch?

    December 28, 2014

    I didn't want to agree with this story about cafeteria lunches being better for our kids than brown bag lunches, but I kind of have no choice.

  • Comfort and Maybe Even Joy

    December 26, 2014

    My column appears in print today, which means I'm receiving lots of really nice emails from readers. I'm humbled by the thought that many readers feel they know me after reading about my life as a mom over the years. Wishing you comfort and joy as we wrap up 2014.

  • Don't Forget the Books!

    December 20, 2014

    The line at Kohl's today was a lot like the line I stood in at Town Hall with my mom in 1976 to get a swine flu shot. But unlike the people waiting for their potentially life-saving shots, the people waiting in line to buy a $23.99 Disney Frozen Olaf plush toy could choose to leave. Like I did. Except they didn't.

  • Hartford Has It. Really!

    December 14, 2014

    I finally got around to checking out the free ice skating at Bushnell Park today. Since I dislike being cold and am not a big fan of winter, it's taken me years to go.

  • Mental Health First Aid for Everyone

    November 28, 2014

    Judging by the number of times my phone has alerted me to an incoming email this morning, today's column seems to have sparked something in our readers. Perhaps the time really is now to finally address mental health issues in our society.

  • No Christmas Tree, No Christmas Tree

    November 20, 2014

    After growing up with the Dzen boys (OK, they're probably men by now) and having cut down a tree or two at their farm, the interruption this year of this family tradition is sad on many levels. 

  • An Inconvenient Time to Be Pregnant

    November 17, 2014

    I was on bedrest during a portion of all of my pregnancies. My doctor's advice wasn't something I could choose to ignore.

  • Financial Aid for Dummies

    November 14, 2014

    There's no reason that figuring out your family's college financial aid situation should be so complicated. But it is. We're approaching that stage, as my high school senior hits "send" this weekend and applies early decision to his top choice school. Fingers crossed.

  • All Day Kindergarten: How Should I Vote?

    November 4, 2014

    I didn’t receive one of those mailers showing my attendance for the past few elections, probably because I just changed my address, but I’m pretty confident I haven’t missed voting in an election in years. (I really don’t know -- those infant/toddler/preschooler years made voting a bit challenging.)

  • Deceptive Student-Teacher Statistics

    November 3, 2014

    For a stats geek and a map nerd, reading this here story is like eating fudge.

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