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The tiniest, cutest hostage-taker

November 3, 2013 To truly get a 3 year old in bed for the night, it’s advised you begin 30 minutes after they wake up in the morning. Any longer and you’ll be scrambling and you probably shouldn’t even bother. more »»

Create thanks with fingerprint turkey project

November 3, 2013 Festivities provide us with a wonderful opportunity to teach our kids about generosity. more »»

Too busy, too lazy, too tired to cook

November 2, 2013 For the majority of American families, homemade meals are a thing of the past. The reasons are many: too inconvenient, too time consuming, too challenging, too expensive. Whoa, stop. Wait a minute. more »»

Daughter’s grades dip during first semester at college

October 31, 2013 Q: Our daughter's first semester away at college was an academic disaster. We haven't seen evidence of any other troubling behaviors, so we're not quite sure what to think. more »»

IVCCD supports Skilled Iowa initiative

October 30, 2013 A recent report from Iowa Workforce Development noted that Iowa has been able to regain a large number of the jobs that were lost due to the severe recession of 2007-2009. more »»

Way excited up for Halloween

October 29, 2013 I can’t remember a Halloween where I’ve had this much anticipation heading into it. For one, I have a 5-year-old girl in my household who is bouncing off the walls as the holiday near. more »»

Bucking the trend with Big League Chew

October 27, 2013 Editor’s Note: Wes Burns is on vacation. In his absence, please enjoy this column from “The Best of Burns” file. more »»

Kelly’s Halloween survival guide

October 27, 2013 Halloween can be a stressful time of year. As a way to prevent outright chaos I have developed these helpful tips for a fun and safe holiday. more »»

Teaching information literacy to the citizens of tomorrow

October 23, 2013 Governor Terry Branstad has declared October as Information Literacy Awareness Month. more »»

Backpack flinging not advised

October 22, 2013 Is there a backpack flinging outbreak at Miller Middle School? I recently came along an interesting little tidbit online in the announcements section of the school. more »»

The shutdown, as told through Batman

October 20, 2013 Well, that was fun, wasn’t it? Unless some Congress(wo)man threw a fit in the last couple days or somebody at the White House forgot to mail the President’s signature then the United States... more »»

The joys of buying a treadmill

October 20, 2013 Congratulations! You purchased the Incline-O-Matic Fat-Busting X4000 treadmill! Very soon you’ll be ready to burn thousands of calories, getting people to stop you on the street all, “Girl! You’re s... more »»

May I speak to Mr. Fido, please?

October 19, 2013 Dear Mary: A friend told me that you are charged a fee if you want your phone number to be "unlisted." Is that right? -- Marla B., Cali. more »»

Happy days

October 18, 2013 Dear Heloise: When I read about a lady who shreds and recycles her DAY PLANNERS each year, I was reminded that I save my day planners as a way of "journaling. more »»

Son’s focus on sports affecting academics

October 17, 2013 Q: How can I help my 14-year-old son turn his grades around? I used to tutor him when he was younger, but lately he's refused my help. Right now the only thing he's into is basketball. more »»

AEA physical therapists support students in accessing a full education

October 16, 2013 Physical therapists are licensed healthcare professionals who work with patients across their lifespan to help improve their quality of life by decreasing pain and improving mobility and function. more »»

Sibling love can also hurt

October 15, 2013 Now, 21 months into our two-kid household, I have no doubt that our 5 year old and almost 2 year old love each other. The problem comes when they love each other too much. more »»

The perpetuity of a modern catch phrase

October 13, 2013 Remember when people used to say “Don’t go there?” Since some of our less cultured grandparents are just now adopting the phrase we can safely date the phenomenon at roughly 15-20 years ol. more »»

Take a ride with me

October 13, 2013 One of life’s little pleasures is test driving new vehicles. Think about it; someone you’ve never met before gives you the keys to a brand new car and just lets you just drive it around for awhile. more »»

The joys of raising financially confident teens

October 12, 2013 DEAR MARY: As a teen, my daughter wanted name brand jeans, clothing, shoes -- whatever she thought all of the "cool" kids had. She wouldn't step into a thrift shop or discount store. more »»



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