Here’s to all the dads out there who let their independent-minded toddlers climb into the car on their own, even though you’re already 10 minutes late. Who gladly clean up puke when their child throws up at 2 a.m. Who are the first to volunteer to get up with the kids in the morning and let mom sleep. Who go the extra mile to make Mickey Mouse pancakes.
"We can avoid other rooms, but we can’t avoid the hub of the home. The simple act of waking up as a mother of small children is hard enough as it is. Then I’d enter the kitchen with a sink piled high with dirty dishes, a floor covered in so many cracker crumbs it looked like a sandy coastal beach and a counter top that required a jack hammer to break off crusted-on marinara. Cortisol rising!"
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"I have a 9-week-old puppy from a litter I had. She is OK in the kennel at night, but when I put her in a play area with her mom she whines. What can I do about it?"
Read Dog Gone Problems advice.
"It should come as no surprise to me that the children I am 50 percent responsible for creating show flashes of their creator, but I guess I always thought it would demonstrate itself in really overt ways — like having my nose or the same color eyes."
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"I started to pick up the larger broken bits of glass. That was my first mistake. As I learned later when I called Poison Control, I should have left the area for 10 to 15 minutes before I began cleanup."
"While it's a wonderful word and has no ill-intentions, it could come across as something else to those struggling parents. Are they not blessed, too?"
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Several communities — Benson, Papillion, La Vista, Gretna and Dundee to name a few — all hold special celebrations this summer. The fun includes parades, food, music and carnival rides.
"Those caricatures gradually became our friends, morphing from random strangers to the kind of friends who often feel more like family than mere athletic acquaintances. We traveled to tournaments with them, shared meals with them and relaxed by countless hotel pools with them. We cheered their children’s successes as if they were our own, and they did the same with our kids."
"How do I go about training behaviors I don't like — jumping on me, pulling on the leash and barking — when I don't enjoy petting or really interacting with the dogs to provide positive reinforcement?"
"They’ve been in school for 10 months. They’ve had regular space from each other and me, and days with friends. They’ve tasted independence and been subjugated to structure from strict, organized teachers. So the second that authority disappears, they decide they’re the ones that should fill the vacancy."
A recent survey of 500 pairs of parents and teenagers found that 4 out of 10 teens thought their parents had addictions to their devices.
"It’s our responsibility as parents to send our kids into the world with the tools to be independent, caring adults."
"It seems like every study about our use of smart phones eventually correlates to an inevitable apocalypse. And frankly, no one cares because we’re in way too deep to do anything about it now.
"Once, in a flurry of missing keys, I left for the DMV and forgot my iPhone on the charger. For 45 agonizing minutes, I didn’t know what to do with my hands. I eventually just stuffed them into my cleavage and waited for my number to be called.
"So color me nonplussed as new research is now linking parent’s phone attention to children’s bad behavior. Researchers have found that when parents interrupt family time by checking their phones, kids are more likely to whine, get angry and exhibit over-sensitivity."
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This owner's dog marks on furniture when guests visit. What can she do? Read Dog Gone Problems advice.
"While I was hesitant at first, I'm glad we decided to sign up Sam. It's great that he gets to learn about baseball with no pressure. They don't keep score. It's complete chaos, but it's fun."
"Summer vacation is long. Some would argue too long (or maybe that’s just me and my group of parent friends). But I’m looking forward to using this open-ended leisure time to try out the character-building attributes of being bored, and I think this experiment will be anything but boring."
Instead of worrying about needles under a stall, these last few months have taught me it’s important to educate myself. I've learned to take a second to think about what makes me really scared and then seek out ways I can gather actual facts from official resources that can give me the facts. (Hint: it's not Facebook)
While it isn’t as easy as it was 10 years ago, the feeling of seeing your friends and feeling like a person instead of a parent — even for just a few hours — is absolutely worth it!
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"To a stranger, they are adults acting like silly — and deafeningly loud — children. But to me, they are home again. They are my babies, acting the way they did in the golden years of their childhood. Bring on the idiotic behaviors because they warm this mom’s heart."
Dog Gone Problems is a weekly advice column by David Codr, a dog behaviorist in Omaha. David answers dog behavior questions sent in by our readers. You can reach him at email@example.com.
"The goal isn’t staying busy just to stay busy; it’s to bond with each other and get the most out of these favorite months of ours. I want to make memories with my children that will last their entire lives. Our hope is that our fun, simple bucket list really will make this the best summer ever."