McNerney: Parenting Dos and Don’ts

Last weekend, I was chatting with a friend I have known since our kids were two years old. He mentioned something that he told his boys early on in their life: “You can do a whole bunch of good things in your life, but sometimes all it takes is one mistake for things to go downhill.” The mistakes he was talking about were things like cheating, stealing, drinking, and other things we worry about when it comes to our teens.

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Croll: Got pain? Break Up with Sugar

I’m having my left hip replaced this week because of a degenerative bone condition with which I was diagnosed 17 years ago. I was in enough pain last June to have my hip replaced then, but my stubborn “I’ll tough it out” attitude, a demanding home life and two pre-paid summer vacations resulted in me scheduling the surgery for mid-November when it would be less disruptive. At the time, five months didn’t seem like a long time to wait.

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