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The Right Mom

By Ann Brown/Parenting Consultant

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My mom hasn’t been well lately.

She’s getting better, but it’s been scary so I went to LA to be with her. I did a lot of cooking (nutrition for her, therapy for me) and a lot of asking her if she needed anything (mostly, she didn’t). At moments, I felt like I was home with my babies again – fashioning my day around her needs, tiptoeing around when she was...

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Parenting Consultant: Everyone Learns Differently

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By Ann Brown

I have a theory about myself. I believe that, given enough time and the right teacher, I can learn anything.

I am somewhat loath to share this theory publicly because when I mentioned it to my sons last year at a family get-together there was a very long awkward silence.

I know that silence. It’s the, okay, then, time to look into a nice residential facility for Mom silence. The...

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Tips on Parenting: What Would Michelle Duggar Do?

By Ann Brown

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Discussions have been lively in parenting classes this month. We’ve been talking about practicing good behavior with our kids.

Well, it’s not exactly accurate to say, “we’ve been talking…” Admittedly, I’ve been doing most of the talking, and the parents have been doing most of the listening. I thinkthey were listening, although, come to think of it, I’m not certain. In fact, I don’t...

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Parenting: How Much Independence Should You Give Your Children?

By Ann Brown

How much independence to give your children

I intended to write this article on July 4 because I was thinking about independence, and raising independent kids, and that would have been timely.  But last July, on the morning of the 4th , my husband asked me if I wanted to go out on the boat for a few hours before people came over for a BBQ, and that’s pretty much the last thing I remember until right now. Oh wait. There was a...

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Parenting Consultant: I’m Just A Girl Who Can’t Say No

By Ann Brown, parenting consultant

Let your child be angry

I’m sitting on the living room couch as I write this column. My twenty-month old puppy, Phila, is snuggled next to me, her head on my lap. She is snoring happily. I am petting her, completely content. I’m also watching out for Robin because as soon as I see him coming up the stairs, I need to push Phila off the couch and pretend she was never there.
Phila isn’t...

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House Arrest Is Best

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DAY FOUR OF THE SNOWSTORM!

From what I’ve gleaned off of Facebook, people are ignoring the alerts to stay indoors and they are leaving their houses. In the snow and ice. To go places.

I really don’t get it.

I must have been born without the cabin fever gene because I am starting to panic that in the next few days, we are going to be able to venture out of our houses. And all the reasonable...

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Olympic Parenting: Gold Medal Slacker Mom

By Ann Brown, Parenting Consultant

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I’m watching the Olympics as I write this article. And I cannot help but think about the parents of the athletes, and the sacrifices they made for their children.
I wonder about the role the parents played in encouraging their future champion to rise to Olympic heights. I mean, do you think that Gracie Gold’s mom had to force her to go to skating practice in the...

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My Panda, My Self

By Ann Brown

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I was listening to NPR recently, to learn a few facts that I could insert into conversation should I ever be court-ordered to go outside my house and socialize with people.

I am always on the lookout for conversation topics, as – despite my propencity for long, drawn out essays on myself and my feelings and my personal history and my odd skin conditions me me me me me – I often find...

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Parenting Consultant: Read My Lips

By Ann Brown

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On the agenda at this week’s faculty meeting was the book, How Children Succeed. The director had given us each a copy of the book at the back-to-school faculty retreat and we all agreed to read it and discuss it together. Because we are an erudite, intellectually curious, book-discussing kind of faculty. Plus, everyone is in a “yes” sort of mood at the beginning of the year. As...

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I’m Dreaming Of A Whole Grain Christmas

By Ann Brown

Whole grains

Okay.

I am giving up white bread. And white rice. And all white food.

And, please, don’t go writing in to tell me how you gave up white food and now you are happy and healthy and bluebirds braid your hair in the morning. I am not interested.

I’m not doing this to look better. That particular ship sailed in, like, 1973. And it isn’t coming back unless I find a quarter million under my...

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Uncomfortable Conversations with Mom

By Ann Brown

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Next April, when I turn 60, I will be eligible for senior services, including moving into the Jewish old age home.

This is awesome news.

A nice apartment, a restaurant on-site, a cleaning service, transporation to anywhere I want to go in Portland, and an emergency call button next to the toilet. Really, is that senior residential care or is it HEAVEN? I do not understand why anyone...

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Parenting Consultant: “What I Don’t Know”

By Parenting Consultant, Ann Brown

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As I write this article, we are already encroaching upon 2014. Because I am an old crone compared to you who will be reading this, I can remember, back in the 1960’s, the awe I felt when I imagined what the new millennium would be like. The idea of the year 2014 was mind-blowing to me. It still is.

The world your children will grow to inherit is already so much...

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