children

Common sense is a learned behavior

So it's prom season. Be safe out there and watch out for kids who are acting even worse than usual on the highways. Who else firmly believes there should be an 18-and-older law for highway use in a four-wheeler?

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A final run for Dolphy Dickerson, and an introduction: South TX Truckers for Kids

Rest in peace Dolphy Dickerson, career hauler from W.Va. who lost a battle with cancer Dec. 6. Also: South Texas Truckers pulls Toys for Tots drive in Mission, Texas.

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How to bring home on the road

While it requires dedication and understanding, and like any family situation, there will be trials and tribulations, having close family ties while being away is absolutely possible.

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Tractor-trailers: The new storks

After a conversation with Wendy, a four-year-old to her Mom: “That lady said he brings everything in a truck, he brought my shoes and he's going to bring our baby when it comes!”

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Threats from children

It's summertime, school is out and the travel plaza food courts are full of whining six-year-olds, demanding Whoppers and $5 coffees from Starbucks.

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Protecting your vital organs

Use a little common sense, and try to pass some of it on to your progeny. And remember, insect spray is poisonous to humans, fire is hot, and ingesting gasoline is a bad idea. I know, and you’re welcome.

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A happy Mother’s Day to hard-nosed moms

"If Momma told you she was proud of you, you knew you truly accomplished something. She's still like that and I love her dearly for it. She taught me to strive for excellence, and never settle for second best."

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Good taste in music — it’s inherited

Wendy to her 15-year-old son: "Led Zeppelin is a band, not a person. So now I'm going to sit in the garage with the car running because you didn't know that.”

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Happy birthday to me

"Forty-five years on this planet and I haven't managed to stupid myself to death yet."

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Lying to the kids

"Lying to the kids is perfectly alright when it involves fairy tales.... It's not OK to lie to kids about things they need to know."

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