FIVE O’CLOCK MARKETPLACE KIDS; Raising “At Risk” Children in the Bible Belt

                            “You know how I was late to school today, Mom?  Well, when I got there, I could tell that my teacher was really disappointed that I was there.  I think she was looking forward to a whole day without me there.” I didn’t know how to respond.  Children always know how adults feel about them, whether or…

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When No One Brings You a Casserole

A casserole is the ultimate comfort food for me.  It doesn’t matter what the ingredients are.   They are almost always creamy warm comfort, oozing with cheese.  My husband who is from Mexico does not understand casseroles and is always very suspicious of the ingredients.  He asks, “What is this, anyway?”  I say, “Cheese.”  He looks at me as though that…

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Parenting Shame

    Shame: a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior. The phone was propped on my shoulder as I listened intently while my friend was describing her two-year-old son’s first public temper tantrum.   Her first child had been very compliant and would not have dreamed of calling any attention to herself…

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