It often amazes me how many words of kindness and encouragement I receive for the stories I tell. Often, a reader will write, "You don't know me but I feel that we are friends."
Q: How do you stop tantrums in a 3-year-old? My daughter never went through the "terrible twos," but began throwing wild tantrums shortly after her third birthday. This coincided with the birth of a sibling, a boy, but she's very affectionate and helpful toward him so I don't know if there's any connection. I've tried everything I can think of to prevent and stop the tantrums - things I've seen recommended in various places - but nothing has worked. She throws one whenever she doesn't get her way. Help!
Barbara and Gary Blaxton of Reidsville announce the engagement of their daughter, Ramsey Elisabeth Blaxton, to Christopher Michael McCreery, son of Donna and Troy McCreery of Rincon.
You may be surprised to learn that people sometimes disagree with me. You may be equally surprised that sometimes I see their point in the disagreement. Sometimes I agree with that disagreement.
Open enrollment through the health insurance exchange established by the Affordable Care Act ends Feb. 15.
Proposed: The primary reason so many of today's mothers are so very stressed by child rearing - something their grandmothers, for the most part, approached fairly nonchalantly - is because they do something their grandmothers did not do: they read parenting columns, magazines, and books. And yes, I'm well aware of the irony here.
Brenda Jenkins recently stood before a cafeteria full of students at Ebenezer Elementary School - kindergarten through fifth grade - to read them her book, "The Swing on Ginny's Porch." Seven years earlier, she had stood on the very same stage addressing a different group of youngsters as the Ebenezer school principal.
January is National Blood Donor Month and this year, American Red Cross supporters have a new way to help save lives through blood and platelet donation with SleevesUp virtual blood drives.
Sometimes, I look across our yard and sigh somewhat woefully, "Too much of that stubborn red Georgia clay shines through." I think, "Oh, one day ..."
A reader writes that her friends "recently spent around $300 on their daughter's birthday party - her first. They bought lots of stuff to entertain their young guests and extended family. The child, a baby, obviously had no clue what was going on. I should mention that the parents are struggling to make ends meet." She asks for my take on this.
When the New Year arrives every year, I, like most, look forward to the next 12 months filled with promise, opportunity, and a chance to reform from bad habits.
Who are the happier campers in a workplace setting: the employees who (a) obey the rules, follow the procedures, and voice any complaints respectfully, such that the entire workplace is not disrupted, or (b) disobey the rules at every possible opportunity, deliberately fail to follow procedures, and disrupt the workplace with frequent and often subversive complaints?
Sheila Moon learned early on how compassionate her daughter Isabella would be toward others.
It was late in the summer of my parents' lives that I was born into a family with three children well on their way to being grown and done with home.
Q: My 31-month-old has been out of diapers for at least eight months during the day. She has been very good with toilet training until recently. Now she goes for a while without accidents and then a period of a week or so with at least one accident a day. I can see she needs to go, but when I ask her she says no.
Mr. and Mrs. Brent Gene Howell of Guyton are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Katie Lynn Howell, to Tyler Hunt Jenkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jessie James Jenkins of Rincon.
Mr. and Mrs. Schel Paulk of Guyton are excited to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Danielle Paulk, to Timothy Peavy of Springfield. He is the son of Steve and Wendy Peavy.
Amelia Victoria Weston was born Jan. 23, 2015 at 4:01 p.m. at Candler Hospital in Savannah.
Carrie called the other day and I grabbed the phone just as I was coming in from the garage. I dropped my purse at the foot of the stairs and sat down on a step to talk. No conversation with Carrie is ever short. Even her voicemails run three to four minutes.
Warm, sunny spring days are now upon us, which means that many gardeners finally have the chance to get outside and prepare their vegetable plots. Now is a good time to turn the soil and prepare it for vegetable seeds or transplants. However, many gardeners are often troubled to find one or more fire ant mounds have popped up in their vegetable plots since last season.
Q: Our 7-year-old is very shy. He doesn't enjoy the sort of social activities, including sports, that other kids his age are generally involved in and would rather play alone. He has one friend who is also quite shy. His mother and I have conspired to arrange weekly play dates, but whereas the boys get along fine, both kids sometimes balk at cooperating with them.
Coming home one Sunday from the family dinner after church, I said, out of the blue, "I feel like we should volunteer for vacation Bible school."
One question that I receive often is, "Can an old, abandoned pecan orchard be brought back into production?" The answer is yes. However, like everything else, it will require some work and some money.
Today's parents tend to worry about all manner of things that deserve not even second thoughts. Imaginary friends, for example. I've been asked many times by mothers if they should worry that their preschoolers have imaginary friends they seem to think and in some cases even insist are real.
My people, as I have long said, were raised up on hard times in the Appalachian foothills. I don't know that I had a grandparent who ever saw the sum of $500 at one time or even held a hundred dollar bill in hand.
I have received several calls this past week on how to control moles in the yard, and have even seen tunneling in my backyard which is indicative of these pests. As our soil temperature begins to rise, mole activity will rise as well because of the increase in insect activity.
Q: About six months ago, our 4-year old daughter began complaining of being afraid to be alone at bedtime. Upon questioning, she told us she was afraid of monsters in her closet and under her bed. We were unable to convince her otherwise. In fact, the more we talked to her, the more her fears grew to the point where she was becoming nearly hysterical at bedtime.
Mr. and Mrs. Kirby Willis of Rincon announce the engagement of their daughter, Kelsi Shea Willis, to John Morgan Bolt, son of Donna Crandall Bolt of Watertown, N.Y., and John Barry Bolt of Sandersville.
It was over Sunday dinner that my sister told me what I did not know. A childhood friend, the red-headed, freckle-faced girl with laughing eyes and the brightest sense of humor possible, was sitting vigil with her husband as death crept close.
Your battle with summer weeds should start now, if this is the year you plan to beat your over-achieving neighbor for the best-looking lawn. Applying a pre-emergent herbicide now will provide a better control of weeds this summer than a post-emergent herbicide.