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July 16, 2015

Tongs for Nothing: My (Latest) Parenting Failure

You know that moment when you're heading out your front door for a big trip and you keep going over that mental list to make sure you've taken care of everything?

Dog sitter, mail hold, toothbrush, tickets, directions, deadbolt ...

That's where I am right now as a parent. My oldest is driving, earning paychecks from two jobs, and getting ready to apply to colleges. As he heads toward the front door for the trip of his life, that list keeps ticking through my head. Have I taught him everything he needs to know?

Walking, talking, using the potty. Check. We hit the concrete survival skills early, and we hit 'em hard.

Swimming, reading, using crosswalks. Check.

Next came the social arts: Sharing, patience, bathing. Nailed it.

Kindness, honesty, courage. I'd say 90 percent. Eight-five, ninety.

After that, things get fuzzier. Nursing a cold, ironing a shirt, changing a tire ... Mmmaybe. In a life-or-death situation. A life-or-death runny-nose, wrinkled-shirt, flat-tire situation. But filing a tax return? Getting mildew off a shower curtain? Shipping internationally? I mean, I can't even do those things.

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July 2, 2015

Can Transgender Folks Futz with Pronouns?

This isn't gender policing, people. It's grammar policing. And you're under arrest.
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June 4, 2015

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May 21, 2015

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Packing a paunch, fellas? Fear not. The Dad Bod is IN this summer ...
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May 14, 2015

Top 10 Things Mel Brooks Taught Us Last Night

I can die now. I just made Mel Brooks laugh. And it doesn't even matter that it was only by telling him my name. (Thanks, Mom and Dad!)
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May 7, 2015

Fine, Mom: You Were Right

Years after our curfew clashes, boyfriend battles and driving disputes, I gotta admit it. The woman was right.
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April 23, 2015

Go Fund Yourself

I'm sorry. E-begging bugs.
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