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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posts tagged ‘high school’
Posted: March 24th, 2013

Prof. Bunsen Honeydew and BeakerNext Sunday is National Bunsen Burner Day — the celebration of German chemist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen’s birthday in 1811. He is the founder of the Bunsen Burner we all used in high school. This clip is from Muppet Labs, of course, where my favorite Bunsen is Muppet Doctor Bunsen Honeydew — who would not have his name without Robert Bunsen. That is Beaker on the left.

Even if you don’t like science, you must love the Muppets. Back to National Bunsen Burner Day – it even has its own Facebook page.

Enjoy the day and the Google doodle from last year — Bunsen’s 200th birthday.

bunsen burner

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

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Posted: February 18th, 2013

Danica Danica Patrick continues to make history. She won the top spot for the Daytona 500 — the biggest achievement of her career.

With a lap at 196.434 mph, Danica will lead the pack with everyone behind her No. 10 Chevrolet SS when the race begins Saturday. Read the full story here.

I’m not a racing fan, but this 30-year-old woman who stands 5′ 2″ deserves attention and applause. She made $12 million in 2011 in a sport dominated by men. According to Wikipedia, she was born in Beloit, Wisconsin and raised in RoscoeIllinois. She dropped out of  high school and later earned her GED.

On Saturday, she’ll be leading from the start.

Pam Parker has written about real estate and home decor in the tri-state region for more than 20 years. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.  

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Posted: July 30th, 2012


Her name is synonymous with winning — Quad games, triathalons, duathlons and more. In Pittsburgh, Erie’s Pamela McCormick finished second among women and 28th overall in the International Distance Triathlon Sunday. It included a600-meter swim in the Allegheny River, a 20K bike race through Pittsburgh and a 5K run along the Allegheny River.

McCormick, 39, continues her dominance of sporting events. The mom of seven finished the International Distance Triathlon in 2 hours, 13 minutes, 44 seconds. McCormick has qualified to represent Pennsylvania in the Best of the U.S. 2012 Championship.

She was also the fastest female finisher at the A Tri in the Buff triathlon with a time of 2 hours, 26 minutes, 6 seconds on July 7 in Buffalo. It was the first time she had competed in the event.

For all us moms, she’s an inspiration. And Pamela is the daughter of Denise Illig Robison and the late Robbie Robison. Denise is an athlete in her own right. I have played tennis with her for years.

Pam Parker, an avid tennis player with bad knees, ran for years, but never raced — except with her kids. Pam’s daughter is a former McDowell High School track star with numerous state championship medals and the title of cross country runner of the year. Pam is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: June 20th, 2012

This is an old, out-of-focus picture of my boys, Ryan Eckert, at left, and Howie Eckert, at right. And that’s me behind them — the Christmas tree is behind me. Yes they have matching shirts (my daughter Kelly bought them), but when it comes to sports — they disagree on matching up teams.

We have had legendary battles between the Green Bay Packers (Ryan) and San Francisco 49ers (Howie). Howie assured me this Miami Heat versus Oklahoma City Thunder will not reach that proportion. Only because it will all be over pretty quickly — unlike football season which begins in August and ends in January, or is February? They have been watching the NBA Finals together, and it brings back a lot of memories for me. This is the first time they have lived together for a long time, and it’s right here at home.

Hoops has always brought my kids together. They’ve played together and watched one another play since they were tots. They all played in the driveway, in grade school, at MYAA, Lakewood Park, in basketball camps, middle school, high school, and a game still gets going in front of the house on occasion.

If your kids play, enjoy every minute.

Pam Parker, mom of three and stepmom of three,  is an award-winning writer and editor for Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: April 25th, 2012

It’s the time of year middle schoolers are faced with the challenge of choosing a high school. It’s an emotional time for kids — be understanding. Here are five things to consider:

Private versus public — Private schools cost more than $6,000 a year for tuition. That’s $24,000 for four years, and that does not include any of the activities, uniforms or fees. Loan opportunities exist for private schools, but if college is in the future, more loans will follow. Have a frank family discussion about how this impacts your family. Children need to know we love them and support them, but financial reality must be part of the equation. Consider all the what ifs. Here’s a link for how to review schools http://www.wikihow.com/Choose-the-Right-High-School.

Big versus small. In our community, McDowell High School has more than 500 students per grade level. All of our kids went there, and the size was never an issue. Our kids were involved in dozens of activities, camps, baseball, soccer, volleyball and more where they interacted with other kids from the region — they knew a lot of kids. Here’s a link that discusses private schools, charter schools and home schooling. http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/how-to-choose-a-private-high-school.html

Be the voice of reason. Guide, but don’t push. For example, some kids naturally lean toward vocational education, but others don’t. Similarly, some kids want to be at the top of the class striving to be the best in honors classes and the works, but others don’t want the stress. Athletes might want to make a school decision based solely on sports. But if your athlete gets hurt, will the school decision still be the right fit? Don’t get stuck on maintaining a family tradition just because it’s a tradition. Every kid is different, and schools do change from generation to generation. Here’s a link that helps you analyze 33 different aspects of high schools. http://www.chooseyourfuture.org/choosing-a-high-school

Location. Getting to and from the school can be a deal breaker for parents and students. After-school and weekend activities mean plenty of return trips to the school for the fun stuff. Be realistic about how much time it takes to make the trip and if the school is on an accessible city bus route.

It’s an emotional decision. Listen to your youngsters. The high schools they choose will impact future decisions. My daughter attended a large high school and decided that she wanted an even bigger school for college. The boys were the opposite. They thrived in a small college environment — every kid is different.

Finally, keep in mind, these are kids — they will change their minds, and they need us to understand. I have one kid who attended a large public school and a small private school — all in four years. We all make decisions and change our minds. You have to do what works for you and your family.

Pam Parker, mother of three and stepmother of three — all over age 20 — is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: April 12th, 2012

This is my little school changer. The youngest of my kids, he moved from the only school he had ever known (where he went to countless events with his older siblings) right after kindergarten. I moved him once in high school and then moved him back all in the same year. Today, he’s an honor student in college.

Being forced to change schools can be an emotional roller coaster, but the thing about change is that it is inevitable. As parents, we have to support our kids. But we can’t let our emotions get in the way of change that affects our kids — because it’s not about us.

To help kids through changing schools, be positive. An article on how to help kids cope is right here. And a lot of it has to do with knowing your child’s temperament. Help them out in ways that are specific to what they need — again, not what parents need.

For some families, moving regularly is the norm. It is still stressful, but families do adapt. Look at military kids — they move constantly. But if a move is going to devastate your family and your child, consider the options: moving, home schooling or a charter school. Sometimes, looking at all the choices enables us to relax and make the right choice without getting too involved in emotions of the moment.

Kids adapt more easily than we do. Once they get involved in activities in the new school and make new friends, the next life changes and choices will be much easier. Someday, they’ll need to choose a high school, part-time job, post-high-school education or training and a career — all big changes they should embrace, not dread.

When change is forced on us, it’s no fun. But adapting teaches our kids a life lesson that change can be good — even better than we anticipated.


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