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Real Life Mama: No way, snow days

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Is there anything better as a child than a school cancellation? You should have heard the screams and excitement on Monday morning this past week when the text came through that school was closed. They were ecstatic! And that does not even compare to the joy these kids proclaimed when we got the text on Tuesday night that they were already cancelled for Wednesday.

Living with Children: Parent-child collaboration is a time bomb

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“What went wrong, John?” asked a fellow boomer who, like many folks my age, are dismayed at what has happened within the American family over our lifetimes. Specifically, we have seen the end of mere childrearing and the consequences to all concerned of this new and harmful thing called “parenting.”

Runners’ fuel: What to eat when training for a race

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To do your best in an endurance event, such as a marathon, you have to put in the work with ever-longer training runs to build a mileage base.

Mrs. Classic Universe Jennifer Lynn Robinson is a 40-plus beauty queen

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Jennifer Lynn Robinson’s road to Mrs. Classic Universe, an international pageant that crowns women over 40 beauty queens, started 14 years ago when she was hit by a truck.

Ex-etiquette: Be wary of Valentine’s Day-inspired red flags

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Q. Ironically, my divorce was final last Valentine’s Day. Over the last year my ex and I have both done some soul searching. We broke up because he cheated — but he has apologized many times and I’m thinking about trying it again. I think this Valentine’s Day would be a great day to start over. I’d like to suggest it, but I don’t know how he feels. What’s good ex-etiquette?

5 Midwest cities steeped in Black history to visit in 2023

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CHICAGO — The Chicago area is undeniably teeming with the stories and contributions of historic African Americans, from the legacy of the Bronzeville neighborhood, to the DuSable Black History Museum and the Pullman National Monument.

Answer Angel: Toe socks? Problem solved!

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Dear Answer Angel Ellen: Your recent reader question about wearing socks with sandals reminded me of a sock question I’ve been wanting to ask you. What do you know about toe socks — socks that are constructed like gloves so each toe has its own individual compartment? What are they good for? I saw some in a store for the first time recently and I don’t get it. Why would anybody want them? P.S. They weren’t cheap!

Budgeting for a pet: The AKC offers tips on saving money and budgeting

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Approximately 40% of households in America own dogs. The amount of money we spend on our pets has also significantly increased over recent years; it’s more than just the purchase price of your pet. Investing in quality food, toys, games, proper grooming and good veterinary care are worth the cost; your dog will be happier and healthier.