Food, notorious, FOOD: a four-letter word that frequently garners hair-raising reactions from parents. Consumption-related issues stir up a buffet of parental feelings like guilt, concern, dread, elation and utter madness. Newbie moms jump chest first into sustenance stress over breastfeeding: Should I? Shouldn’t I? Can I? Is it enough? Too much?
June is tough for dads. Like when rounding a Monopoly board corner crowded with other players’ hotels, they hope to escape the month before running out of cash. Dads cough up big bucks for weddings, graduation gifts and celebrations, then sweat it out to see if they receive Father’s Day gifts they can’t afford.
There was a woman who lived in a zoo
She had 19 children, but knew what to do
She hired an agent and went on TV
Ignited a debate: supermom or freak?
The term “working mom” always bugged me. It’s redundant. All moms are on the job full-time, as in 24/7.
A dad asked his young son if he knew about the facts of life.
“No! Don’t tell me!” the boy cried.
“Why?” his dad asked.
Two brothers, ages 6 and 8, announce to their father that they want to set up a lemonade stand on the corner.
“How much will you charge per cup?” asks dad.
“Twenty-five cents,” says the beaming 8-year-old.
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me,
A partridge in a pear tree …
Two turtledoves …
Yadda, yadda …
Twelve drummers drumming …
“Money isn’t everything, but it sure keeps you in touch with your children” — Oil tycoon J. Paul Getty
Like my neighbor who needs a life, many retailers have been displaying Halloween accoutrements since the end of July. And, before the last rubber bat and plastic tombstone hit the clearance bins, “Silent Night” will fill elevators, waiting rooms and restaurants.
“I dreamt my whole life about being a mother,” says Heidi Jellison. “I never dreamt about a big wedding, honestly never even dreamt about the husband part.” Jellison, a 35-year-old concert harpist and harp teacher, laughs at this last bit, but then her face settles into a quiet solemnity.
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