Articles by Pat Lemieux

 
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10 ways to survive Story Land

on Aug. 04, 2015, at 7:30 a.m.
It can be hell on earth for some if you are unprepared so here are a few ways to get through the adventure in one piece and have some fun in the process.
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10 ways to survive Story Land

on Aug. 04, 2015, at 7:30 a.m.
It can be hell on earth for some if you are unprepared so here are a few ways to get through the adventure in one piece and have some fun in the process.
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My kid is that kid at the pool

on July 02, 2015, at 2:05 p.m.
Happy 4th of July and summer to you all! May your days too be filled with driving kids to summer camps they don’t want to be at.
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Daddy got a new job

on June 30, 2015, at 12:34 p.m.
I started this blog shortly before he was born because at the time, I ran blogs for the Bangor Daily News, the site hosting this blog, and wanted to be better at my job. That was over 3 years ago. I left that particular position shortly after he was born for …
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10 things your three-year old does not understand

on June 02, 2015, at 11:18 a.m.
The little three-nager running around your house may seem to have an answer for everything, but I assure you there are a few things they simply do not understand. Below is that list: 1. Chips, cookies and cupcakes are not an acceptable breakfast. 2. That getting up before 5:30 is …
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Raising a three-year old, by the numbers

on May 28, 2015, at 9:28 p.m.
So for those of you who are thinking of having kids, or have a baby and are wondering what life will be like when they are 3 years old, please read on. I have meticulously calculated life with a 3-year old, by the numbers. 3 — Number of years your child has …
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What it means to have a 3 year old

on May 11, 2015, at 7:43 p.m.
I have put together a list of things you can expect to happen if you have a 3-year old.

Vote for your favorite restaurants in Maine

on May 11, 2015, at 3:50 p.m.
Vote for your favorite courses, chefs and spots to eat from 6 different regions in Maine.
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Learn how to make newspaper flower planters and pirate hats

By Pat Lemieux on May 01, 2015, at 10:44 a.m.
Make sure to stop by the BDN’s space at Kid Central Fest this Saturday right in front of our building, One Merchants Plaza in the heart of Downtown Bangor.We will be having fun with activities for kids of all ages. Planters  Learn to make your own planters out of, you know, …
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It’s spring, time to throw your kid outside

on April 23, 2015, at 3:43 p.m.
Finally we seem to be warming up enough for the rest of the snow to melt and the fear of another 6 inches to go away. This winter was brutal, and I thought that we may never see the end of the white devil. But at last, spring is here. …
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Bringing a kid to church can feel like Hell.

on Jan. 25, 2015, at 9:30 a.m.
Everyone has the best of intentions but there are reasons why people elect to stay home on Sunday morning instead of bringing their little kids to church. Sunday mass is a hour-long test of wills for my wife and I and it usually goes something like this: [5 minutes to start]: …
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How my son (and I) grew: the best of 2014

on Dec. 31, 2014, at 9:11 a.m.
Taking pause at year’s end to look back helps me to see just how far he (and all of us) have come. Here are some of my favorite Manchild posts from 2014.
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One person’s trash is another person’s Christmas gift

on Dec. 23, 2014, at 1:06 p.m.
“You want me to do what?” I looked at my wife puzzled. Then I gave her the eye roll that she hates, followed by a long, drawn out sigh. “Fine,” I said. “Let’s go pick it up”. “It” was a broken-down entertainment stand on a side road in Eddington. “It” …
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Making holiday traditions that are your own

on Dec. 11, 2014, at 9:07 a.m.
It can be difficult to make holidays your own. What I mean by this is that most of our holiday traditions are passed down from our parents. We do things each and every year–  some things we may not even enjoy — because … well … that’s just what we …
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The 5 stages of refusing to nap

on Dec. 09, 2014, at 11:48 a.m.
As you may or may not know, we are struggling with a 2-year-old at home who has decided all on his own that napping is not for him. Like a tiny alcoholic, he doesn’t see how his actions affect those around him. He is irritable, unpredictable and, at times, belligerent. …
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Learn what’s new with LinkedIn over breakfast

By Pat Lemieux on Dec. 02, 2014, at 9:15 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Location: Richard E Dyke Center, Husson University, 1 College Circle, Bangor, Maine For more information: facebook.com/smbbgr   If you haven’t been on LinkedIn lately, you may not have noticed that the site has been very busy. Over the past several months …
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The decision you’re not ready for your child to make

on Dec. 02, 2014, at 7:33 p.m.
The first time it happens you shrug it off and think it was just a fluke. Then a week or two later it happens again. The following week your child does it twice. You worry quietly to yourself that this could be the beginning of the end. But you bury that …
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Halloween, parent taxes, candy hangovers and decurmudgeoning

on Nov. 04, 2014, at 12:36 p.m.
Maybe it was growing up in Lewiston, maybe it was that I never won any awards for best costume, maybe it was that I don’t care for most candy, or maybe it was that I didn’t like to stand out as a youngster, but I have never been a big …
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“Tub Talk” with a 2 year old. (part 1)

on Oct. 28, 2014, at 3:33 p.m.
Conversations with my son while he takes his daily bath are always entertaining. From time to time, some of these conversations are so good I feel the need to share them. This is in part for you, but mostly so I can look back and humiliate him when he is older. …
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Why for me, blogging isn’t a waste of time

on Oct. 15, 2014, at 8:18 a.m.
The one thing I know about time is that it goes by. Some days drag on for an eternity, while others don’t possibly contain enough hours. We are always coming or going and planning out our next adventure but we don’t always stop to enjoy the scenery along the way. I …