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Crazy and proud of it

My grandmother - Daddy's mother - was sometimes called "crazy" by others who didn't quite understand her eccentric ways. Of course, in the South, we are proud of such a label for it means that we are interesting and worthy of being the center of coffee and cake conversation.

July 31, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Bashlor back to ‘Getting It All Together’

Carolyn Bashlor penned her first book, "Getting It All Together," back in 1980.

July 28, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Lifestyle


No benefit from arguing with your child

I absolutely love it when people begin to realize that the problems they're having with a child are of their own making; when they begin to realize, in other words, that the child is not the problem-they are! All this time (however long that might be), they've been trying to correct the wrong person - the child - getting nowhere and becoming nothing but frustrated in the process. Instead, they need to correct themselves, and it goes without saying that correcting one's self is much, much easier than trying to correct someone else.

July 28, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


The power of hard labor

It was an early summer morning, an enchanting time when flowers are blooming, blackberries are spurting to full growth, and the birds are happy to have sunny warmth. I had taken myself out to the back porch, where often I settle down to write after I have finished a gentle run.

July 24, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


The toils and troubles of toilet training

Q: Using your advice, I successfully toilet-trained my daughter by age 16 months. It is now three months later and we are still using diapers at naps and nighttime. At her nap, which lasts several hours, she fully soaks her diaper. At night, she is taking off her diaper prior to falling asleep, wetting the bed after she goes to sleep, and then crying for us when she wakes up in a pool of pee. Is this a sign that I should begin night training? I'm hesitant to do this because I am 8 months pregnant and don't ...

July 24, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


Guyton girl takes a sweet stand against cancer

Tisha Holland put her heart into a school project this spring.

July 21, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Lifestyle


The art of frying biscuits (and everything else)

Mama used to fry biscuits. If you knew Mama, that doesn't surprise you because she fried every food possible. In the course of her life, I knew her to fry green beans, corn, grits and cornmeal mush.

July 17, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Nothing to pull your hair out over

Q: Since our daughter, now 2 years old, was born we have lived with my parents. Being the first and only grandchild, she has been the center of attention. Several months ago, our son was born and we moved into our own home. Almost immediately, our daughter began pulling her hair out, sometimes in handfuls. Doctors have said she does it for attention and we should just ignore it. That's what we've done but it has not stopped. It's now gotten so bad that I've cut her hair because the side she pulls has gotten so ...

July 14, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


The politeness of the South

There are many things I love about the South. We're fiercely patriotic. We're neighborly. We're storytellers without equal. We're unabashedly and unapologetically faithful. We're proudly hospitable. But here's what I love just a little bit better than all the rest: We believe mightily in courtesy and manners.

July 10, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


How to deal with a ‘sassy’ child

Q: The "sassiness" that I have heard so much about from my friends started a few months ago with my 5-year-old daughter. She will say things to me that I actually find myself tongue-tied on how or what to say to correct her. Sometimes, she apologizes, which tells me she knows she's talking disrespectfully to me. What do you think about 10 minutes of time out for this sort of thing?

July 07, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


State launches new ExploreGeorgia.org tourism site

Georgia Tourism, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, announced the launch of the state's newly redesigned tourism Web site. ExploreGeorgia.org offers visitors custom features, including the new Georgia Trip Planner, shareable trip ideas, interactive maps and more.

July 07, 2014 | Staff report | Lifestyle


Precious memories that really are

In the tiny country church where I spent most of the first 22 years of my life, where I found the Lord at the age of 11, where, without fail, I had the leading part in every Christmas pageant and where my daddy laid down the law in more ways than one, we sang hymns from a brown songbook and a green one that were filled with the haunting melodies that have penetrated the Appalachians for many decades.

July 03, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


How to deal with your child’s tantrums

Q: When he throws a tantrum, which happens several times a day, my 20-month-old often gets down on the floor and starts banging his head. Worried that he may hurt himself, I pick him up and comfort him. I know that reinforces head-banging, but I don't know what else to do.

June 30, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


Keeping thy word

Not long ago, a friend of mine was huffing, puffing and carrying on something awful about an injustice she had recently suffered. She had dealt with someone rather devious and the result was, well, rather devious.

June 26, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Getting your kids to tell you when it’s time to go

Q: My 26-month-old daughter will go on the potty happily every hour when told (we're using your "potty bell" and it's working extremely well) and produces every time. As a result, she's having very few if any wee incidents.

June 23, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


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Understanding the ‘teenage brain’

I've spoken at several conferences in the last year or so where presenters were opining on the subject of the teenage brain. Their thesis was that features of the so-called "teenage brain" are largely responsible for the self-centered, irrational, moody, rebellious behavior now associated with adolescence.

September 30, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


The ones who lift you up

Over the years, I've crossed paths with many who were extremely successful as well as some who were such miserable failures that, as Mama liked to say, "ain't worth the breath they draw."

September 30, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Dixie Diva

That apple tree. Oh my goodness. Something told me it wouldn't turn out well.

September 23, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Setting the bar — and letting kids reach it

A second-grade teacher writes: "I teach in a very competitive school where parents have developed a 'mob mentality' for bullying administrators and teachers. They have gone beyond helicopter parenting to Apache Blackhawk parenting."

September 23, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


The pieces of life’s puzzle

This happened years ago. Mama was alive then, so it's been seven or eight years. I hadn't thought about in almost that many years but when it came to mind the other day, I took to studying on it and how the circumstances and opportunities of life's journey can be so fascinating.

September 16, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Pull-ups are not always a bad idea

Q: My 23-month-old son does well with potty training when we're at home. We use a "potty bell" and he goes every 90 minutes or so. When we're away from home, however, he seems clueless. He pees in his car seat about five minutes into a trip and simply will not use a potty anywhere but at our home or at my mother's (she watches him one day a week at her place). Would pull-ups be a bad thing to use when we leave the house?

September 16, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


The obituary call tree

Yes, I know that I am, occasionally, prone to embellishment. But trust me when I say this is the law and the gospel: I have a long-time friend who only calls me when someone dies. Most times, I know the person but sometimes I don't have a clue the person ever existed.

September 11, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Parents, let kids do the homework

Q: I homeschooled my oldest, an 8-year-old boy, until this year. He started third grade in public school in August. As a homeschooling mom, I was not a micromanager and don't want to become one now, but the school virtually insists that parents help with homework. I want him to be independent. What are your thoughts on this?

September 08, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


Everything works out, if you let it

A friend of mine, long embroiled in upsets, distractions, problems and tribulations, called one day to announce happily that she was learning to "let things roll right off my back."

September 04, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Bedtime, not school time, is the problem

It's a fact that a good night's sleep is essential to optimal performance, no matter the task. It is also a fact that America's teens, generally speaking, don't get enough sleep. Ergo, American teens, as a group, underperform in school.

September 01, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


The secret to obedient children

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."

August 28, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


The love or hate of air conditioning

It's a funny thing. That's what Mama used to say when something baffled her. Like Mama, I prefer that things make common sense. Otherwise, I'll ponder, figure, study, and try to decipher that funny thing until it's somewhat sensible.

August 28, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Living in black and white

One Sunday while sitting around the dinner table, Louise and I began to tell Daddy stories, the ones that stretched back to the early days of his preaching life. Since I was born 12 years after he "made a preacher," as our folks said back then, I could only contribute what he had told me about those days, not what I had seen.

August 21, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Drawing a line on kids touching

Q: Our 5-year-old grandson sees his 5-year-old female first cousin from time to time. After they play for a while, he tells her he wants to "touch" her. This has happened twice in recent months. Her parents are very upset, but our grandson's parents read lots of parenting books and seem to think it's no big deal. Your thoughts on this matter?

August 18, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


Youthful choices and mistakes

To this conclusion I have come: the most deadly years of our lives are the ages 16 to 21. Those years give us a headiness that comes from new freedom - a driver's license - and the passing of the torch from strict childhood rules to more trust, different restraints and relaxed curfews.

August 14, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


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