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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 ‘license’
Posted: January 14th, 2013

Ryan and HowieThese are my boys smirking on Christmas morning a few years ago and laughing that they got the same shirt for Christmas. That kind of happens every year — the same shirt thing — because they both look handsome in the same colors and styles, and my daughter and I outfit them accordingly. We know they don’t hang out together. In fact, now they are age 20 and 26 and live in different states. So we often buy them the same things.

If you’re a mom or a stepmom, here’s a quick piece of advice for getting along with your kids. Choose your battles. You can’t be arguing with a toddler, child, tween or teen for weeks on end. For me, safety came first and neatness last — especially when I was a single mom.

And they questioned everything. When I taught my youngest to drive on the interstate, he was exceeding the speed limit. I warned that he would get a ticket, and that would pretty much prevent an early license.  He scoffed that there was no place for troopers to hide. “What — do you think there are tree cops or something,” he said.

Kids must never watch “CSI,” or “NCIS,” or “Person of Interest.”

“Radar,” I said. “Do you think I make this stuff up? Do you think I’ve never gotten a ticket? I’m just telling you they make rules so you follow them. We all have rules.”

And kids don’t always follow them. But the consequences do have influence — especially tickets. Kids learn from their mistakes just like we do. Make sure you have rules and consequences. And remember to reward good behavior — don’t just punish the bad. You need to make kids feel good about themselves every single day. It will make you feel good, too.

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: August 7th, 2012

You should be able to hear the giant sigh come right off this page. My oldest son, the doctor of physical therapy from Gannon University, passed his licensing exam. He took it a week ago, and we have been waiting nervously ever since for the news of what’s next.

Last night at midnight, we got the news. I am so proud. He passed the grueling 6-hour test that challenges men and women to spill their guts on what they have learned in three years of grad school. It is one final exam that gives them the license to practice. Congrats to him and all the kids who took that exam.

From the time our kids are little, they are tested on everything from times tables to reading comprehension and math abilities. And that can test a parent’s patience.

When they get older, college SATs become the important number. After that — admissions tests for graduate degrees followed by exams that prove they know what they paid a gazillion dollars to learn are the norm for teachers, nurses, lawyers, doctors and, well anyone, who needs a license to do anything.

In a few weeks, kids will go back to school. If your child finds timed tests challenging, find some help because it is only the beginning.

Here’s a link to help your kids build confidence in timed math and reading tests.

Here’s an article from Mark Pullen, a teacher blogger who makes timed math tests fun.

Here’s a link to an article (published today) about math skills and how to help your child develop an appreciation for math, not just learning it because they have to. It’s a paid article at $2.95.

My son turns 26 tomorrow and what a birthday present.

Pam Parker is the time-tested mom of a doctor of physical therapy, a CPA and a college student and the stepmom of two teachers and an EMT. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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