Category Archives: Children

The Horror of Circumcision

My stepdaughter had her newborn son circumcised today. I knew if she had a boy that she intended to have that done, but I had hoped once her baby was born, she would look in his sweet, trusting eyes and … Continue reading

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The Dilemma of the Step-Grandma

My husband’s daughter has just had a baby. Yay, woo-hoo, congratulations.  No, really, I’m very happy for them.  But can I be excused from being too deliriously enthusiastic about it?  And is it okay if I don’t really consider myself a grandma yet? The … Continue reading

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School Administration Power Trips

My 15-year-old son called me on his cell phone from school yesterday because he didn’t feel well and wanted to come home. He had left the classroom on a bathroom pass to do this and then returned to class.  I … Continue reading

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Second Wives and Empty Cradles

There are advantages to being a second wife (or, in my case, third-and-a-half).  The husband in question has hopefully learned a few things about how to make a marriage work, and he has matured—ripened—into better husband material.  All of that … Continue reading

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The Abandonment of “Please” and “Thank You”

Like (hopefully) most parents, mine taught me early on to say please when asking for something and to say thank you when something was done for me.  But it seems that somewhere along the line, an awful lot of kids … Continue reading

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Cell Phones for Kids – Good or Bad?

I love technology, but I was a late adopter for cell phones.  I just didn’t see the need to be THAT in touch with the world. I didn’t get a cell phone until I was eight months pregnant and it … Continue reading

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The Collapse of Polite Society

I tend to be a little old-fashioned in my behavior and expectations of others.  There are certain things you just shouldn’t (or should) do.  I’m not so naïve as to assume everyone else is on the same page, so I … Continue reading

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