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In her 24th novel, “French Braid,” Anne Tyler waits until page 234 to describe a French braid unraveling. “That’s it.” a character declares, “And then when she undid them, her hair would still be in ripples, little left-over squiggles, for hours and hours afterwards…

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Q: Our 14-year-old daughter is a rising high school sophomore. We let her wear eyeliner this past year, but she is wearing entirely too much. She is well-adjusted (plays sports, good grades) but seems i… More

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Q: Our eight-year-old, the oldest of three, is often rude to his siblings. I know some sibling conflict is normal, but this seems excessive. I hear him multiple times per day tell his younger brothers h… More

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Q: I’m a single mother with a 13-year-old son. His father, whom he sees infrequently, has PTSD from battle experiences. My son has anger toward his father, but I can’t get him to talk about it. It comes… More

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Q: My best friend’s 6-year-old daughter is an only child and a spoiled brat. She screams at her parents when she doesn’t get her way, always wants to be first at everything and is extremely bossy with o… More

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A couple of years ago while browsing in a Chepachet antique and whatnot shop, we stopped to admire a complete setting of elegant “Sunday best” china for eight. The pieces were arranged on a vintage dini… More

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Elias Najjar is the proprietor of Cold Brook Cafe, a coffee shop on Danielson Pike where it intersects Route 116 in the heart of North Scituate Village. He and his wife have run the busy bistro for almo… More

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The contemporary parenting ideal consists of equal parts fixer, go-fer, and friend, which is why, when it is encountered in the flesh by someone of my ancient age, the new definition of a “good parent” seems so out of whack. Our parents were anything but the new ideal, as evidenced by one of… More

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Until 1967, all firefighting and rescue service in Smithfield was provided by volunteers from the organized departments in Greenville and Georgiaville and later, for a short time, one in the Wionkiege Valley. More

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Jonathan Franzen has written a theological soap opera. “Crossroads,” his latest novel, features the family of Associate Pastor Russ Hildebrandt who ministers at the First Reform Church in New Prospect, Ill. Set in the early 1970s, Vietnam and the counterculture collide with the conservative … More

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Q: Our 11-month-old son has started crying at just about anything he doesn’t understand. In our playgroup, if another child or an adult so much as looks at him the “wrong” way, he melts down. Otherwise, he’s content and keeps himself occupied for fairly long periods of time. I worry that he’… More

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I’ve been surfing the web looking for ways to bring in some extra money. I Googled around, and it seems that opportunity abounds in becoming what’s known as an influencer. More

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PROVIDENCE – David Wayne Britton was just returning from lunch when I caught up with him by phone in Detroit. He’s on the road in the musical version of “An Officer & A Gentleman,” playing at the Providence Performing Arts Center Feb. 18-20. More

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Q: My 3-year-old is fearful of trying anything new, including things that other kids his age love to do such as swinging on a swing, sliding down a slide, and splashing in a pool. I feel like I should begin talking to him about what to do in case of a fire in our house and “stranger danger,”… More

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You would need to wake up pretty early in the morning to get moving faster than Sue Sgambato. The dedicated fitness proponent and teacher rises with her husband, Stephen, at 4 a.m. each morning, and they are out walking by 6. The rest of the day is just as busy. More

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Q: I recently tried toilet training my 32-month-old, but after a few days of no success, I decided to stop. A friend tells me to hang in there, but my pediatrician says my son isn’t ready. She suggests I try again in a few months. Your thoughts? More

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I was once an orthodox believer in the power of time-out – the practice of having a child sit in a somewhat isolated chair for five minutes or so immediately after said child has misbehaved. I promoted time-out in this column, my books, and my public presentations. Used consistently, I said,… More

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Q: Whenever – and I most definitely mean every single time – I ask my six-year-old daughter to do something, she becomes very disrespectful. She stomps her foot, yells at me that I make her do “everything,” mutters disrespectful remarks under her breath (which I usually hear), and so on. If … More

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It may not come wrapped with a bow, but every week of the year this paper is a gift to the towns it serves. At this time when presents are much on the minds of many, it seems appropriate to think about that and be thankful. More

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I can count on one hand – okay, maybe two – the number of parents who’ve told me that letting a child speak with a therapist has produced a positive outcome. One might dismiss a few such reports, but not hundreds of them, most of which reflect a similar theme: to wit, a tendency on the part … More

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It isn’t that my Christmas spirit is lacking, although it may not be quite as strong is it once was, but this year there is simply no will to decorate as usual. I suppose you could chalk it up to old age, or maybe the ongoing pandemic that just won’t quit, but when I thought about hauling my… More

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I don’t know whether or not any of you might have seen the news coverage a couple of weeks ago (Nov. 2 to be exact) about the crowd of several hundred QAnon supporters who had lined the street in downtown Dallas, Texas, some sitting in lawn chairs, just like for a real parade, waving small A… More

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First of all, let me say that self-image can be a tricky thing, especially when tainted by more than a tinge of self-delusion. More

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T. C. Boyle’s 18th novel, “Talk to Me,” explores the competitive and often cruel world of primatology research. More

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A 4-year-old – I’ll call him Popeye – had a habit of hitting other children in his preschool program. His teachers tried various approaches, including rewarding him with a treat on days when he didn’t hit. That backfired, as such silly approaches to discipline nearly always do. More

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I often find myself telling parents that they need to stop doing something that is counterproductive and, in most cases, contributing significantly to whatever parenting problem is bedeviling them. More

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Congressman John Lewis’ final work, “Carry On,” was truly a death bed project. Diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in December of 2019, he began interviews with “Carry On” editor Gretchen Young early in 2020. He passed away on July 17 of that year. More

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Most of the problems today’s parents are experiencing in the course of raising children are due to a faulty “parent-view.” Just as one’s worldview consists of attitudes, values, and expectations concerning the world and his or her place in it, a person’s parent-view is primarily constituted … More