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The Working Mom


By Tammy Danielson

Mon, Nov 9th, 2015
Posted in All Columnists

The “Firsts” in Our Lives

We had a huge reality check this year when the idea of ACT test scores and scoping out colleges suddenly became a reality. I can imagine that most parents wonder about their child taking off for college and question if she or he is ready to be on their own. Going to college is yet another of many “Firsts” in a child’s life and…a big one.

There are so many “firsts” in our child’s life but, not surprisingly, those first time events most often have the largest impact on us as parents. One first that is both a happy and sad time is when your child no longer clings to your leg but instead runs into the classroom or onto the bus and is so excited that she forgets to turn around and wave goodbye. And, of course, the most devastating (yet exciting!) first time is when your child is away for the weekend with another family and friends and is having so much fun that we parents do not even get a phone call the entire weekend. We are happy the child is having fun but, hey, isn’t there something she needs or did she want to call and just say hello? There is the first time your teenager stays home alone, even if it is only for a few hours. You hope she is alive when you get home and then hope she did not have a party in your absence or else the “alive” part may have to be redefined. Yes, there are many good “firsts” for our children that tear at our heartstrings but leaving for college is going to be a doozy. So parents, we must to think of the key signs that are right in front of our noses that lead to the fact that we ARE ready for that day and be ready to embrace it!

To make sure that parents are ready for a child to leave the nest, I have compiled this list of less-than-scientific observations for parents to consider. After all, if your child cannot see toothpaste in the sink to rinse out, will the engine light that has been on for a week receive any attention? We can only hope.

You are ready for your

child to go to college if:

• You no longer call his friend’s house to see what time he left in order for you to predict exactly what time he should arrive in the driveway.

• You can avoid opening the Phone Locator app for at least 24 hours.

• You no longer go nuts when you see a pile of dirty laundry in her room and quickly take it out and begin washing it. The stink shall set you free----she can o .....
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Sue's Muse, Gilbert - Homecoming

By Sue Ommen

Mon, Nov 2nd, 2015
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Gilbert came home the week before Halloween. Once inside the door of our house, Gilbert cautiously surveyed his surroundings, sniffing everywhere before settling in. The festivities started after a hurried supper. The doorbell rang, announcing th ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that.

By Kathy Little

Mon, Oct 26th, 2015
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How are Halloween and political campaigns alike? a. Participants ask for stuff b. Participants disguise their true identity c. Both cost big bucks d. Both can be scary e. All of the above And the answer is E. All of the above! According to se ..... 
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A View from the Woods

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
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On Being an Ecotourist, Right at Home I step outside for a walk in the bright yellow forest of early fall. Although I’ve walked these paths for for most of my life, I am still filled with wonder and questions about what I am observing. For exa ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
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Brown Sauce- You Don’t Know What You’re Missing Brown sauce? What is Becky talking about today? The name doesn’t sound all that appealing, but it’s pretty heavenly stuff. If you haven’t heard of it before, brown sauce is a popular British ..... 
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Sue's Muse - 9.21.15

By Sue Ommen

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
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Gilbert - searching for a service dog The day has begun. My husband swings his bare feet off the bed and greets our black lab, who is dancing about next to the bed. “Get my socks, Gilbert,” he commands, and the dog excitedly scampers off to the ..... 
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A little of This, A little of That - 9.14.15

By Kathy Little

Mon, Sep 14th, 2015
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Hats off to the growers, Who raise the crops and tend the livestock! I’ve tried to grow fruits and vegetables. It is hard work. True, the only animals I have ever tended are several cats and l dog. I know that any animal I took care of cow, p ..... 
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Real Bites - 9.7.15

Tue, Sep 8th, 2015
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Meat and music To quote Billy Crystal acting as Larry in Throw Momma from the Train, “The night was sultry.” Yes, a little humid, so maybe sultry is an overstatement. On the eve of Friday, August 21, 2015, I had a hankering to venture out to ..... 
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A View from the Woods - You get what you get

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Aug 31st, 2015
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Wilting in the heat, I gather tomatoes and dig onions in the hot sun, as sweat stings my eyes and soaks my shirt. I wipe my face with the back of my arm and dream of diving into the clear cool waters of “our lake” up north. I can recall many d ..... 
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