Keeping It Real

By Holly McElweeI’ve known a lot of kids in my 18 years of teaching, and I’ve witnessed those kids experience many ups and downs. A frequently experienced “down” is failure…how to accept it and how to deal with it. Unfortunately, too many of today’s kids have no idea how to manage failure in their lives. As parents, how can you help your kids navigate these treacherous waters? It’s not easy, but here are a few steps to try.

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New pump isn’t what she hoped it would be

I have been waiting to write this column for weeks. Unfortunately, it’s not going to have the tone I was planning on. Let me first put out this disclaimer: This is just my opinion. I know there are people out there who love the device I’m about to discuss.You see, I recently received the Medtronic 530G with Enlite coined as the first step toward the Artificial Pancreas. I was bursting at the seams to tell you but wanted to wait until I did the training and had the pump ...

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Vacation Angst

By Tom and Dee and cousin KeyDear Grandparenting: I thought I was so on top of it. The Fabulous Family Vacation would rock! I would dig deep into my pocket and treat my daughter, her hubby and my two grandkids an all expenses paid one-week trip to the Disney World resort in Tampa. Isn’t this what grandparents do? They occasionally pay for things their children cannot and treat the grandkids to a wholesome adventure they will never, ever forget. My grandkids are seven and nine...

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My Little Pony Tale

By Will E Sanderswsanders@civitasmedia.comI like to set achievable goals for myself, the kind of objectives that require little if any hard work and effort. Many men set out to do great things and hold true to the goals they set for themselves. They become astronauts, professional wrestlers and presidents.I just wanted to grow a ponytail. Hard to screw that up, in my opinion.I like most ponytails. I like ponytails that are fitted on the posterior of...

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Little Worriers

GRANDPARENTING BY TOM AND DEE AND COUSIN KEYDear Grandparenting: Why do my grandkids worry about everything? Whatever happened to carefree childhood? My grandkids worry about things like bullying and bad guys. They worry about the end of animals like polar bears. They worry about the sustainability of the planet earth. They worry about the planet being hit by asteroids and everyone winding up dead like dinosaurs. They worry about the environment and global warming. They also worry ...

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Amish Cook

BY LOVINA EICHERIt is the first day of spring. The temperature is staying around the freezing mark this morning. I am hoping we will see some sun to make it seems more like spring.

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Type 1 diabetics shouldn’t have to fight stereotypes

So I saw a commercial today that grabbed my attention. It said something like 85 percent of diabetics can be cured with metabolic surgery. Now, they are of course talking about those with type 2, but that was never said.As a type 1 diabetic, my pancreas makes no insulin. Period. If I have metabolic surgery, or lose weight any other way for that matter, my pancreas will not suddenly start generating insulin.People with type 1 have to fight this misunderstanding all the ti...

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Living With Children

Living with ChildrenJohn RosemondCopyright 2014, John K. RosemondQ: Our 4-year-old daughter has a huge problem with being laughed at. She loves to be goofy and do funny things but as soon as someone, including one of us, laughs at her she becomes upset. She will say “Don’t laugh!” or “I don’t want you to laugh at me!” We explain that we aren’t laughing at her but at the funny things she does. We’ve also told her ...

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Keeping it Real

By Holly McElweePlease and thank-you. Those are the “magic words.” Sounds familiar, right? Unfortunately, some of today’s kids hardly ever use these words and don’t operate in a mode of consideration and kindness towards others. Do manners matter in a modern society? Yes, and here’s why.1. Manners teach kids to think of others first. This is the main reason to learn and use manners. It reminds us that we are not the center of the universe, a...

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