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Q: Our son is a rising second-grader at a private school. Last year, his behavior was often disruptive and sometimes even downright defiant - problems his first grade teacher did not have with him. At home, we have no more than typical "boyishness"- nothing approaching serious.

July 27, 2016 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


Dixie Diva

It would be, I decided, a nice gesture of Southern thoughtfulness if I made a dish of my famous macaroni and cheese. I call it "famous" because it Duke's mayonnaise once put the recipe on its label along with my name and my Aunt Ozelle's from whom I stole it.

July 27, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Living with children

The Wall Street Journal recently interviewed Daniel Eddy, a New York City chef, on how to have a mutually-successful experience with a young child in an upscale restaurant ("How to Take Your Kids Out to Eat and Actually Enjoy the Experience," July 14, 2016). WSJ obviously thinks the fact that being a chef qualifies one as an expert the subject; it seems to me, however, that a waitperson would have the better perspective.

July 20, 2016 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


Dixie Diva

It is now that I have reached the age where the wiser generation, those who taught me and mentored me, are starting to take their leave of this world that I search both their lives and deaths for lessons.

July 20, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Living with children

One of the more powerful parenting memes to emerge from the parenting revolution of the late '60s and early '70s was "Children deserve reasons." To large degree, that was a reaction to the previous parental policy of answering "Why? and "Why not?" with "Because I said so."

July 13, 2016 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


Dixie Diva

While studying for a degree in journalism, I learned the basics for telling a good story and answering questions before they could be asked.

July 13, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


No one wins when it comes to bullying

Bullying is being malicious to others repeatedly and can include teasing, threatening physical harm, spreading rumors, the deliberate exclusion of others, physical attacks, and verbal abuse.

July 13, 2016 | By Dr. Jackie Smart | Lifestyle


Living with children

Q: What can we reasonably expect of our 18-year-old daughter when she comes home on weekends from her summer job? She usually heads straight to her boyfriend's family's home and rolls in around 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday night. We'd love to have a family meal with her. Do we say, "Dinner is at 6 o'clock and it would mean a lot to us if you'd join us," and let it go at that or should we insist that she have at least one evening meal with us?

July 06, 2016 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


Dixie Diva

The little house in which I was privileged to be raised, the same one I wrote of recently, needed its annual deep cleaning. This involves polishing furniture, mopping floors, scrubbing the outside doors, cleaning out the window sills and wiping down Mama's cracked, ceramic canister set.

July 06, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Living with children

Q: My 8-year-old daughter is having anxiety issues that seem to border on obsessive-compulsive disorder. She wants me to repeat certain things back to her and has a set routine of things I must say when I'm tucking her into bed. She's genuinely upset by all this and tells me she thinks there's something wrong with her.

June 29, 2016 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


Dixie Diva

It was with remarkable bravery that Daddy plunked down $1,000 of hard earned, long saved money in 1956 to buy a few acres of pasture land with a tree-shaded large creek that twisted through it.

June 29, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Living with children

Q: Our 12-year-old has a smart phone. I know you don't approve, but all - and I do mean all - of his friends have them and texting is how they communicate. I don't think, under the circumstances, that making him be the "odd man out" socially is a good idea.

June 22, 2016 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


Dixie Diva

There are two Bibles that sit, always untouched, on the fireplace mantle in our living room. They are delicate and old, yellowed pages are falling from them, the black tabs denoting the different books mostly gone.

June 22, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Living with children

I recently enjoyed the privilege of seeing and hearing radio talk-show host Dennis Prager speak on the topic of happiness. He only spoke for 20 minutes, but said more in that short span than most talk-show people are able to say in two hours.

June 15, 2016 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


Dixie Diva

Behind the little house in which I spent a happy childhood, where I toted books from one room to another, where I knelt by my bed nightly to pray, where homemade biscuits buttered and sprinkled with sugar were a favorite treat, is a little shed that, to the outside

June 15, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


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Dixie Diva

As a child, I was captivated by emotional stories and how words strung together had the power to make me feel happy, touched, sad, or ...

August 03, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Living with children

Q: The woman I've been dating - a single mom with two young boys - and I have decided to get married. My only reservation, and ...

August 03, 2016 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


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