parenting

Ode to a mother: The best slap I ever got

Annals of effective parenting? "When I screwed up she expected an answer, and she expected it immediately after punctuating the question with, 'Do you hear me?' As I got older, I heard that less and less..."

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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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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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Surly teenagers: No match for crazy

What happens when 15-year-old surliness runs up against Wendy Parker's natural reason for being -- more than just a little Yoda-speak involved, it is.

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