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Teresa M. Pelham

Teresa M. Pelham

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Kids are Good. Adults? Not So Much.

June 22, 2015

We know that kids aren't born racist or homophobic or otherwise intolerant, but they can be taught to be all of these things. A new study now shows that toddlers even have a built-in sense of justice. If only they'd stay that way ...

  • Pretty Darn Good Three Ingredient Cookies

    June 17, 2015

    When the kids are out of school for the summer, I tend to bring out my Suzie Homemaker persona and bake cookies and make lemonade. Soon I'll be wearing an apron and pearls.

  • No Pain, No Gain?

    June 15, 2015

    With an ice pack on my foot and four Advils making their way through my blood steam, I'm now thinking about how stupid it was of me to push myself like crazy during a long trail race yesterday. I knew something was up with my foot, but I generally employ the mantra "The faster I go the sooner I'll be done" when I run.

  • A Plan to Limit Screen Time that Might Actually Work? For Real?

    May 26, 2015

    If I wasn't so worried that my kids would pack up their belongings (including their laptops) and go live in the woods, I might try this brilliant plan to limit screen time and make kids get stuff done.

  • Would You Let Your Daughter Shave Her Head?

    May 13, 2015

    Pick your battles.

  • Earth Day 2015

    April 22, 2015

    Last week I bought my very first case of bottled water. It nearly killed me. I also took this season’s first drink of water straight from the garden hose. Pretty sure that won’t kill me. (It was just a sip!)

  • At What Age Should a Child Understand a Family's Budget?

    April 10, 2015

    I’ve never quite understood why parents are so reluctant to discuss finances with their kids. Knowing how much things cost compared to how much a family earns is a valuable lesson for kids in any socioeconomic class.

  • Snowy Valentine's Day Muffins

    February 14, 2015

    I wanted to bake something sweet for my kiddoes today, but I know that I usually end up eating more cookies or whatever than they do, despite their ridiculously speedy metabolisms. (I'm currently using an almost-public shaming method of losing 5 lbs. along with my friend, Allison. We regularly text each other our weight, which we'll continue to do until we reach the desired number. It helps that we weigh exactly the same and that we're only trying to get back to where we were before Thanksgiving.) 

  • Honoring a True Motivator

    February 8, 2015

    Here is a lovely tribute to a teacher/coach/motivator who made a difference in the lives of hundreds of people throughout his 40-year career. 

  • Dr. Christie Will Now See You

    February 2, 2015

    In case you haven't noticed, there's a measles outbreak in the U.S. It's kind of a big deal. So, Chris Christie has weighed in on this, and he's declared that we parents should be able to decide this stuff on our own. Cool, except why does he have to bring up the autism connection? Just to freak people out? 

  • 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.

  • 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.

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