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The Texas Board of Education couldn't muster the votes late Tuesday to grant preliminary approval for new history and social studies textbooks for classrooms across the nation's second-largest state, failing to act amid stinging criticism of the proposed books from both the right and left.

I remember so vividly the first time that my wife and I brought our baby daughter to dinner at a restaurant, because nothing happened.

When my eldest son's twin daughters turned 7 this fall, he made an observation that marked him as a man firmly ensconced in adulthood.

From the I'm Sorry to Have to Tell You Department: Parents who say they want to raise kids who "think for themselves" are not being exactly truthful. It's a nice and very democratic thing to say, for sure, but let's face it, folks, you want your kids to think like you do. For example: If you're a liberal, you want your kids to be liberals when they grow up. Right? Right! The same is true of conservatives, libertarians, people of faith, people of no faith, and people with COEXIST bumper stickers on their cars. Furthermore, that's the way it should be. When you conceive a child, you pass along your genes. As you raise the child, you pass along your worldview. If you are not trying to pass along your worldview, then you must think your worldview isn't worth passing along, and I've yet to meet such a person.

When you think of growing old, what's your greatest fear?

Q. I've been divorced for five years. I have two children and two bonus children from my previous marriage. They are all adults and three of the four are married with children. I remarried last year. We have always celebrated the holidays, particularly Thanksgiving, at my daughter's home as a family. This included their father, even after the divorce, but, the truth is, now that I have remarried, I really don't want to celebrate with my ex any longer. My husband is fine with celebrating with everyone - and they with him. It's me. When is it ok to start celebrating without my ex? I'd like to move on.

I wish my gratitude wasn't dependent on your misery, but sometimes it is. I'm sorry about that, especially with this being the season of giving thanks and all.

No mortal has a central nervous system like mine. Jumpy by nature, alarmed by every little noise, I have the nerves of a cheetah. My fuse is always lighted, my heart flits from branch to branch. As a kid, I was banned from zoos for upsetting the primates.

Science is making progress in understanding how abuse - physical, sexual or psychological - affects children and why its effects can persist a lifetime.

Dear Mr. Dad: I'm getting divorced, and the only thing my soon-to-be ex-husband and I agree on is that we want what's best for our children. He's been talking about joint custody and co-parenting and I'm leaning in that direction. But a friend of mine who went through a nasty divorce a few years ago says that joint custody never works out and that I should go for full custody. What do you suggest?

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