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Education & Family

Saturday, April 14, 2012

My mother was a worrier. When we were coming home from a trip and I was driving, she would say, "I wonder if there will be a parking space near the house." If a neighbor had a leaky pipe in their home, she wanted to call the plumber to have him check our house before we got a leak.

Any little noise that our car made had to mean a major repair job in Mom's eyes. And, her first reaction to any illness was that it was probably serious, would lead to something much worse, and would entail a huge doctor bill.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Schools use report cards to let families know about a student's progress. The normal rating scale goes from an "A" down to an "F" or includes numbers, with 100 being a perfect score and a low of 60 usually meaning a failure.

When a report card arrives home, most parents take great care to read the entire document. Sometimes, a teacher will write comments that give specific recommendations or support for the child. Many times, a teacher will also explain why a failing grade appears on the form.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

When did the world turn upside-down? When did children become the bosses in their families? Was I asleep like Rip Van Winkle when it happened? Suddenly, I see parents who are being ruled by their offspring. On what historic day did this reversal of roles first occur?

Saturday, March 24, 2012

My mother's generation had a saying - "Children should be seen, but not heard." We knew that we had better stay within earshot or eyesight of our parents, but we were to honor their wishes and keep our mouths closed.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

"I am a part of all that I have met," said Ulysses, returning home from his lengthy travels. He was attempting to describe his feelings to his wife about how the years weighed heavily on him and how his travels had changed him.

Poor Mrs. Ulysses didn't have a clue. She stayed home, watching the kids, keeping the home fires burning and wondering how her husband was. She seldom knew where he was, much less what he was doing.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

I never thought I would say this - I miss snow. Since we moved from PA to South Carolina in 1998 and then to Florida in 2010, I have been away from "snow country" for 14 years. Oh sure, we had flurries in SC, but they melted as soon as they hit the ground. Once, we had enough flurries to coat the top of Jim's truck. We took pictures of that and sent them to our family.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

I have had a number of readers contact me to ask if we ever found our missing gecko. In my column "Carcass, Anyone?," I wrote about seeing the little critter in my bedroom, but losing him as he ran under a large piece of furniture.

Well, you can rest assured that he is gone for good. The other day, we got a new mattress for our king-sized bed. When we lifted up the old one, there - underneath the middle of the bed - was the gecko - dead as a doornail. His little legs were sticking up and he was turning to dust - or, in scientific terms - detritus.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

I enjoy visiting consignment shops. There, I've said it. Now you can tell me that I am thrifty. Or, would you consider me cheap? Both adjectives have been thrown my way.

I firmly believe that some folks are intimidated by second-hand things. I know some people - mostly women - who wouldn't be caught dead wearing second-hand clothing items. I, on the other hand, have a closet full of them. Others might look down their noses at some of my old furniture. To be frank, I would rather have one old rocker than a houseful of new pieces. Must be something in my genes.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

I'm a sucker for similes. In case you forgot your English lessons from high school, a simile is a statement that compares two things - for instance, "My grandson is as active as a volcano" - or - "My snoring sounds like a jet plane."

One simile that never fails to make me giggle is - "Having children is like getting pecked to death by a duck." And, if you stop to think about it, that description is right on target.

How long would it take to die from a duck pecking you? Probably quite a while. It could be a never-ending process.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Dear Dr. Smith,

More than half of the school year is over. My son is in second grade and is having a bad school year. He comes home in the afternoon and is very unhappy. He gets yelled at all the time, has recess taken away, and sits on the "bad" chair a lot. I have had two conferences with his teacher. She told me that he has "inappropriate" behaviors in the classroom. I asked for examples. She said, "He yells out answers before I call on him." Also, she says that he talks too much and challenges her authority by correcting her at times.