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Parenting OUTloud

by Kelly Crenshaw

Friday, July 21, 2017

True Love: A Beautiful Thing

This summer has been a season of change and growth for my kids. The baby is talking up a storm, making two- and three-word sentences. One of my older kids has graduated and is now working as a licensed cosmetologist. Another of my unofficial kids (those who didn’t actually grow up in my house) is heading off to graduate school at an Ivy League university.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Pet Peeves?

Do you have any pet peeves? One of my friends hates it when people turn off their cars without allowing the windshield wipers to return to the rest position. Another loses her mind when her kids leave towels on the bathroom floor. Some folks’ peeves are health related – people drinking from a common container, for example. Others are merely an annoyance factor – wearing colors that don’t exactly match.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Raising Proud Kids

Our society is so focused on making every kid a winner these days. Every ballplayer gets a trophy. Every classroom hands out awards. We give our kids rewards just for breathing. And frankly, I think this is causing our kids to lose their sense of pride. They don’t understand what it is to really win at something. They don’t get a chance to speak out about who they are and how hard they’ve worked to achieve their goals. They’re always winners. While I understand the desire to help our children understand success, I don’t understand never helping them grow from their defeats.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Kids and Pets

When I was little, my parents took a picture of me with my best buddy. She was lying on the floor and I was seated next to her. She was my playmate and my protector. She was our family dog. Over the years, my parents told stories of how she would guard me whenever anyone came to the house. She never growled or became aggressive, but she made it very clear that I was her baby.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Lesson Learned

If you’ve followed this column over time, you realize that my kids come in all ages. And, you probably realize that some of my kids face challenges of mental health, cognitive issues, or physical disabilities. While having a family with special-needs kids is certainly not unique, by any means, my experiences have given me an interesting viewpoint into how kids mature and develop.

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