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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 ‘stress’
Posted: February 6th, 2013

photo-1For laughs today, here’s the sandwich I know my kids would love. It’s a grilled mac and cheese. I’m not a fan, but NPR‘s Ian Chillag of The Salt says the only thing that could make it worse for you is if they deep fried it. Read the full story here.

In USA Today, columnist Craig Wilson calls attention to a study that says women find Wednesdays to be stressful and really not pretty especially around 3:30 p.m. It’s an interesting read about how weekends and stress catch up with us today. Read it here.

So have a grilled mac and cheese, and don’t let stress catch up with you today.

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: May 8th, 2012

It’s that time of year.

School activities seem to be at a frenzied pace  with plays, concerts, presentations and ice cream socials. Add in some spring sports, and it’s a full plate. But don’t let the frenzy take the fun out of it. Emily Harmon offers ideas for how to share the activities with your kids in a countdown that uses math skills and other skills but keeps it enjoyable.

It’s also a time of year filled with stress for parents and kids. A lot is happening for everyone. Stay on top of it and organized with these tips. Remember to start and end each day with calm, and hand out praise.

Keep an eye on everyone’s health. Too many projects and too little time can have kids staying up too late. You can’t do your kids’ work for them, but you can help them with time management.

Enjoy this last bit of the school year — it’s an accomplishment. Look at how far your kids have come since September. Remind yourself and your family that you all did it together — whether it’s mastering the times tables or surviving chemistry. It’s done! Bring on the summer.

Pam Parker 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: May 1st, 2012

Tapping — not on trees and not on the table — it’s tapping basically on your own head and body with your fingertips.

Before you think this is just a lot of hooey, keep in mind that tapping or the Emotional Freedom Technique is in use at the Mayo Clinic and many other holistic clinics. It’s coming to Erie May 11 at the 5th Annual W.I.L.D. Conference, presented by Gannon University‘s Small Business Development Center.
Kimberly Morrow will present Emotional Freedom Technique - How to Manage Stress through Tapping in a breakout session at 11 a.m. Click here to register!

Endorsed by Livestrong.com, here are two web sites that show you how to perform tapping: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gmz-b2sV0Q and http://eft.mercola.com/

Claims are many that it helps with anxiety, weight loss and other problems. Tap on!

Pam Parker 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: November 17th, 2009


I’ve blogged at great length about the fireball of energy that is my youngest child. She was obnoxious in the womb — always moving to and fro and somersaulting for nine months straight. We joked that as a baby we had to put her down with a mallet.

Not much has changed in six years (except her vocabulary and physical size). She’s a hands-on, can-do girl. She’s hilariously witty and often very wise and honest in her observations….even though she rarely realizes it.

Case in point:

Last week, we were waiting to meet with her 1st grade teacher for our first teacher-conference of the year. As we waited for the teacher to finish up with the conference before us, we leafed through some class “books” the teacher had put together.

One of the books was titled “Our Classroom Hopes.” Inside, on each page, a member of the class had finished the sentence, “I hope to…” and drawn an illustration above the text.

Most hoped to be good at science or math. The teacher hoped to learn more about computers. Some kids hoped to improve their handwriting.

My kid?

“I hope to be still,” complete with an illustration of her sitting ramrod straight in a chair at her desk.

I laughed out loud and said to my husband, “Way to set the bar high there, eh?”

He, too, bust out laughing and then said, in all seriousness, “Hey, that is a pretty high bar for her.”

So, it is.

In fact, being still, is a pretty high bar for most women these days, don’t you think? Leo over at Zen Habits thinks so.

Read what he has to say about the value of being still.

Once again, my happy, high-energy girl has proven that she is wise beyond her years.

We should all hope for a little stillness in our lives.

And, here’s hoping we don’t need a mallet to find it.