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Home Alone

4-11-13 By Claudia Quigg In the movie “Home Alone,” Kevin’s family leaves him behind in their rush to make a trans-Atlantic flight, recognizing his absence a bit late.  But the parents I know are more thoughtful about when to leave … Continue reading

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At the Sound of the Beep

4-4-13 By Claudia Quigg LISTEN The twelve-year old girl keeps candy by her bedside, reaching for it several times in the night.  She can barely sleep for her awareness of its easy accessibility.   When she drags herself out of … Continue reading

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The Box

3-28-13 By Claudia Quigg LISTEN A recent family gathering came on the heels of a large appliance purchase. During an evening of conversation and play, The Box which had contained the appliance sat on the family room floor.   First, … Continue reading

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Talking and Listening to Our Little Ones

3-21-13 By Claudia Quigg LISTEN Six-month-old granddaughter Emmy has alot to say, but most people around her would never know it.   Before they master the art of conversation, young children have a hard time getting folks to listen.  But … Continue reading

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Captain of the “B Team”

3-14-13 By Claudia Quigg LISTEN While I adore family trips and the love that they rekindle among parents and their kids, there is also a time for a trip for mom and dad.  Alone.  Without the kids.   This phenomenon … Continue reading

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The Need for No

3-7-13 By Claudia Quigg LISTEN Human beings operate most confidently when we know the limits. Suffering from a fear of heights, I can only enjoy a mountainous scenic overlook when there is a guard rail that lets me know where … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Checklists

2-28-13 By Claudia Quigg Listen Several websites offer parents regular updates on where their child should be developmentally, with a checklist of skills parents should expect to see in their little ones if they are developing in a healthy way. … Continue reading

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I Love a Parade

2-21-13 By Claudia Quigg Listen The stereo blares “76 Trombones” as the marchers step in line.  Is it the annual Independence Day Parade?  Nope.  It’s your own family marching down the hallway of your home.   Winter loses its luster … Continue reading

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Whose Life is it Anyway?

2-14-13 By Claudia Quigg Listen When Sarah glanced in the backseat from her car’s rearview mirror, she saw a sight that amazed her.  Her two preschool-aged children, so often engaged in sibling battles, were sitting quietly in their seats, holding … Continue reading

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Keep Calm and Carry On

2-07-13 By Claudia Quigg Listen Keep Calm and Carry On was penned on a propaganda poster produced in England during the beginning of World War II.  These words were intended to encourage Brits to brew tea and keep a stiff … Continue reading

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