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Raising Mary: Keep your child’s extracurriculars under control

This year, Adelaide turns six, so she will be old enough to take two classes, like Mary.  But this would mean five-and-a-half hours at the studio on Saturday. Instead, we are considering a class or two on a weekday after school.

Raising Mary: Are road trips part of your family’s life?

We have passed on our love of road trips to Mary, seven, and Adelaide, five, with our annual trek to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It’s 15 hours each way.

Raising Mary: Some kids like affection, while others don’t

"Another hug, Mommy.” I’m dropping seven-year-old Mary off at school, and we’ve already hugged and kissed each other’s cheeks four times.

Raising Mary: Do our gender ideas influence our kids?

Try as we might, our own stereotypes are hard to suppress.

Raising Mary: Do we overpraise our children?

I realized if I kept overpraising Mary, she was going to expect cheers for waking up in the morning.

Raising Mary: Do dads have more fun?

When I was little, my Mom gave me lots of love, and surrounded me with a doting extended family, but one thing I didn’t have was my father.

Raising Mary: How do you get kids to pick up after themselves?

Tracy Cooper tells us about how she sometimes ends up picking up after her daughters.

Raising Mary: When should you start talking to your kids about sex?

Mary was a toddler when she watched my belly grow for months, then two when I came home with baby. So I got questions a long time ago about “the birds and the bees”. 

Raising Mary: Potluck Rules!

Stay-at-home mom Tracy Cooper enjoys her solo 10-hour gift-buying marathon, but draws the line at cooking for everyone.

Raising Mary: An Online Lifeline

Stay-at-home mom Tracy Cooper finds Facebook an invaluable way to reach out to friends and chronicle her motherhood experience.

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