"The truth is that laughing with my kids is my favorite part of parenting. I honestly think I feel more intimately connected to them when we're making that post crack-up "ahhh" noise than at almost any other time. If you don't get stupid with your children on a regular basis, I encourage you to try it."
"We have a 6-year-old American Bully I need help with. We've only had him a little more than a year. He has issue with loud noises, such as thunderstorms and fireworks. When these things happen, he hides in my bedroom, panting and shaking." Read Dog Gone Problems' advice.
"My son, Sam, started kindergarten this year. I couldn’t have dreaded it more. I’ve actually been dreading it we took Sam to kindergarten roundup in the spring. Back then, I reassured myself, 'I’ve got all spring and summer with him. It’ll go slow.'
"Boy was I wrong. Of course it didn’t go slow. In fact, the day crept up on me so fast that we went school supply shopping two days before school started.
"Despite my fears, the big first day went great even if it was a little confusing at first."
"Where I went wrong was assuming that, if my children ever faced a bully, it would be obvious. I figured they would immediately be able to spot a bully because that person would be overtly mean and threatening; they'd act in a way that was completely contrary to how my children have been taught to behave.
"What I didn't anticipate or prepare myself and my children for was what to do when the bully is your best friend."
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.
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Potty training tips from Dog Gone Problems.
"I've discovered we have to eventually make summer unappealing so we can move onward toward an unavoidable snowy frontier. So every day, I find a way to be more boring than the day before."
"There were times summer seemed like it was never, ever, ever going to end," wrote Molly Cavanaugh. "But now, as I scramble to get the family first-day-of-school ready, I’m a little wistful to see summer go."
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"Several years ago, I was on a Southwest flight to Los Angeles and was sitting next to a very loud, intoxicated businessman. To a closeted introvert, he was my worst nightmare realized.
"In an effort to get him to stop talking to me, I pulled out my laptop and started randomly typing. He leaned in and asked what I did for a living. When I told him I was a humor writer, he lit up as if he had an idea.
"'I know Cindy Chupack. Do you know of her?' I shook my head no and pretended to type important words.
"'She’s one of the main writers and executive producers of 'Sex and the City.' I met her on my vacation. I’ll email her and introduce you.'
"I lit up, but also got embarrassed. If there’s one thing I know, highly successful people in show biz don’t love random dudes they met on their honeymoon to give their email out to annoyed women on planes.
"I called his bluff: 'Okay, do it. Email her.'"
"To my shock, he did. And to my even greater shock, Cindy wrote me back."
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"All mommy wants to do is sleep when she goes to bed at night. I’m so tired after a long day, and walking back and forth between your room and mine 10 times a night is starting to make the bags under my eyes get bags."
This couple is having continuous problems with their 4-year-old rescue poodle being aggressive and jealous of their 1-year-old baby.
"School supply shopping is always a major deal at our house. In the past, a friend and I have loaded in the car and drove an hour to the closest Walmart where we diligently followed the teacher’s supply list to the letter. But this year was different."
If you have school-aged kids, then you know summer is already more than halfway over.
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"I know it sounds dorky, but Harry and his wondrous world have played an important part in who I am today. And now that I have children, they offer a connection to my sons, who are learning about being good in a complicated world."
This rescue dog doesn't enjoy being outside and prefers to go to the bathroom on the patio instead of the grass. What's up with that? Read Dog Gone Problems advice.
"This is one of those hard but good things we are tasked with as grownups. I hate having hard conversations, but they are so necessary. My biggest hope through all of it is that when I am honest and respectful with another parent, they will be honest and respectful with me."
Christie Abdul-Greene was snorkeling in Indonesia when she came across an unpleasant sight: garbage.
Looking for something fun to do in the Omaha area this weekend? Check out these family-friendly suggestions, which take place July 25-28.
"The problem with Sunnie is when she gets overly excited, she jumps and bites us aggressively." Read the advice from Dog Gone Problems.
I don’t want to be a bad mom, but I think there is something to the saying “absence makes the heart grow fonder.” Wanting the kids to go back to their school-year routine isn’t because I don’t love them; it’s because I do.
Looking for something fun to do in the Omaha area this weekend? Check out these family-friendly suggestions, which take place July 18-21.