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As a parent of maturing children, I find few conversations more difficult to navigate than those involving sex, drugs and alcohol. Add to the list now Robin Williams and suicide.

The story of choice for one wing of the grandkids right now is "Peter Rabbit" by Beatrix Potter. Part of the attraction is the sheer scandal of it all. Every time an adult reads the story, the kids exude wide-eyed disbelief that a bunny disobeyed his mother (gasp!), ventured into Mr. McGregor's garden (gasp!) and safely made it home again (the sweet exhale).

As the old parenting point of view fell out of fashion beginning in the late 1960s, the vernacular that accompanied it all but completely disappeared. Today's parents don't say to their children the sorts of things parents said to children in the 1950s and before, things like "You're acting too big for your britches again, young man."

With the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri and recent shooting of Michael Brown, many of my friends are wondering how they can explain what is happening to their young children. Many of their children have overheard conversations about the incident or worst yet have seen the disturbing images of violence on the television screen.

For what seems like forever, this pair of sainted sister names, Agnes and Agatha, have been the quintessential starched, buttoned-up, high-lace-collared, mauve-dressed great-great-grandmother appellations.

Congratulations are in order for Stacy Keibler and Jared Pobre.

Gearing up to go back to school can be hectic. It can take some time for families to feel comfortable with their new schedule. Starting the new routine before school begins can help families ease back into the school year. These simple tips will get you on the right track for a smooth transition for both parents and kids.

Gearing up to go back to school can be hectic. It can take some time for families to feel comfortable with their new schedule. Starting the new routine before school begins can help families ease back into the school year. These simple tips will get you on the right track for a smooth transition for both parents and kids.

I finally got my sixth-grade son a smartphone. And like most parents, I did it with mixed emotions. It's only been a couple weeks but I'll share some initial pros and cons ...

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