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Debra-Lynn B. Hook: Talking to stuffed animals and other lessons of COVID

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The stuffed lamb my sister gave me for my birthday sat for years in a basket under my window.

Recently, it made it to my bed.

And then, to my arms.

The other night I found myself talking to it.

"Uh-oh," I said to my thank-God therapist who does Telehealth with me every week. "Is this normal?" I stammered.

"This is absolutely normal," she ...Read more

Lori Borgman: Where a blue moon shines day and night

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When our son, daughter-in-law and their five children moved in with us for a temporary stay, they brought five guitars, four banjos, two mandolins and a dulcimer along with them. And five violins, although that's not what they call them.

In their world -- the world of folk music and bluegrass where fingers and bows dance like fireflies in the ...Read more

Family travel five: Planning for a pod

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After months of staying home, many families are eager to put travel plans back on the calendar. Some are creating travel pods, small groups of friends or family members with whom to share an adventure.

If such an idea sounds intriguing, here are five tips to consider:

1. Choose your pod wisely.

There are so many factors to consider when ...Read more

11 kids in Washington state have been diagnosed with rare coronavirus syndrome

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SEATTLE -- Since the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic, a total of 11 children in Washington state have been hospitalized with a rare but serious syndrome that appears to be triggered by infection with the virus, state health officials said Friday.

The state's first four cases were reported in May, and seven other children have been ...Read more

Living with Children: Tips for reluctant homeschoolers

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Q: Our 9-year-old has just learned he is not going back to school on schedule in the fall. Instead, he will be doing distance learning by computer and home instruction. We had to do this for the last six weeks of the last school term and he did not like it at all. Up until now, he has loved school and been a great student. To homeschool him, I ...Read more

Within days after this North Carolina news anchor gave birth, her entire family had COVID-19

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Technically, WBTV News anchor Molly Grantham is supposed to be off the air for several more weeks of maternity leave, having just given birth last month to her third child -- a son named Hobie.

But at 11:40 a.m. Monday, Grantham unexpectedly found herself back on live television serving up an eyebrow-raising story. But in ...Read more

Lori Borgman: Can you spare a dime?

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We don't have two nickels to rub together.


We don't even have one nickel.

We are among the growing number of people finding themselves change-challenged. Blame the pandemic. Businesses shut down, people stopped going to coin laundries, restaurants closed and piles of change often left with tips disappeared. For a brief time, even ...Read more

Family travel five: Time for a breath of fresh air

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In an era when fresh air is favored, it may be an ideal time to nurture your family's interest in the natural world.

Here are five ways to encourage the next generation of outdoor adventurers.

1. Opt for outside fun.

A slew of experts agree that regular, unstructured outside play is critical for a child's healthy development.

To that end, ...Read more

Help for parents comes in the form of kids' camp-in-a-box

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The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum canceled its popular "Hogswood Forest School of Magic" summer camp because of COVID-19 concerns, but it figured out a way to package some of the experience and send it in the mail. Call it day camp in a box. With many Minnesota camps canceled, modified or moved to Zoom, Twin Cities museums, nonprofits and craft ...Read more

'It's like a vicious cycle': How the pandemic leaves the poor not only exposed, but hungry

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Rarely does a mother try to stop her child from drinking a glass of milk. But with schools closed and unemployment spiking during the pandemic, Lissete Frausto, a mother of two in Oakland, finds she has little choice.

Her 4-year-old son normally gulps it down.

"I've been trying to figure out things so that he doesn't want...Read more

How Latino dads are using TikTok to connect with their children

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LOS ANGELES -- Wearing a sultry look on his face and a long, curly gray wig, Genaro Rangel pulled his fake hair out of a ponytail and whipped it dramatically over his shoulders.

"¡Que paso!" exclaimed Rangel, a burly, mustachioed handyman, as he yanked off the wig in his Santa Ana, Calif., dining room. "It's me!"

His daughter, Wendy, burst ...Read more

Lori Borgman: When your inner domestic diva takes a dive

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Two years ago, our daughter, son-in-law and their three small children moved in with us for seven months while they were between houses. We were feeding seven a day.

Now our son, daughter-in-law and their five children have moved in with us while they are between houses and we are feeding nine a day. I try to look at it as a promotion.

Some ...Read more

Debra-Lynn B. Hook: COVID and a second chance at motherhood

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It's not often you get a second chance at motherhood.

Adult children leave, and that's that. They may come back for Christmas or a family vacation. But it's unlikely you'll ever again experience a full-bore, one-on-one, in-the-house repeat of intensive motherhood.

Unless you are "gifted" with a pandemic.

When COVID announced itself in March, ...Read more

Lori Borgman: Why tool belts are the next big thing

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Once again, we were working on the house our son and daughter-in-law are building and must have ready in two weeks for inspections. We are not skilled construction workers. We are not even semi-skilled. We are below low-skill and just above no-skill but our rates are reasonable. Free.

I looked up from a doorknob I had finished installing ...Read more

Family travel five: On the road again

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The classic road trip is more popular than ever as we seek ways to explore while staying safe and socially distant. Whether you pile into the family SUV or rent a spacious recreational vehicle, here are five places to hit the open road.

1. Colo-Road Trips

The Colorado Tourism Office has made it easy for road-trippers to explore the state's 24 ...Read more

Living with Children: Parents face same problems all over the world

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One of my books, "Making the 'Terrible' Twos Terrific!", has recently become a best-seller in China, of all places. Seriously! What sorts of problems are Chinese parents having with their toddlers? The same problems American, French, Russian, Australian, Nigerian, Brazilian, Czech and parents of all other nationalities are having with theirs, ...Read more

For every COVID-19 death nine relatives suffer, researchers say

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PHILADELPHIA -- The coronavirus has so far caused more than 500,000 deaths, with more than 136,000 of them in the United States. But the impact doesn't end there.

While it's expected that deaths from COVID-19 will impair the health and well-being of surviving family members, the extent of the impact hasn't been quantified.

Now, researchers at ...Read more

You can see friends and relatives during the pandemic surge — but do it carefully

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Cooped up too long, yearning for a day at the beach or a night on the town -- and enticed by the easing of restrictions just as the warm weather arrived -- many people have bolted from the confines of home. And who can blame them?

But Houston -- and San Antonio and Phoenix and Miami and Los Angeles -- we have a problem.

COVID-19 is spiking in ...Read more

Lori Borgman: Welcome to summer camp 2.0

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When our two daughters were 10 and 12, they spent hours during the winter in a closet next to the furnace making detailed plans for hosting a summer camp. They invited children for whom they babysat, and the backyard summer camp filled up every year for two weeks a year for the next nine years.

My role was supervising bathroom traffic and being...Read more

Family travel five: Reach for the stars

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When the time is right, escape the bright lights of the city and introduce your family to the spectacular night sky. Here are five places to experience a star-filled landscape:

1. Arizona skies

Expect stellar stargazing as well as the chance to tour the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, which was the first city to be designated a Dark Sky City ...Read more