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What’s better than a 9-to-5 school day?

By Sarah Smiley on Nov. 01, 2016, at 4:49 p.m.
Readers who disagreed with me did so … because they truly believe a 9-to-5 school day would be good for kids. That surprised me.
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A 9-to-5 schoolday is not the answer

By Sarah Smiley on Oct. 25, 2016, at 5:11 p.m.
Eight hours of school? Can your 10-year-old self even imagine the awfulness?
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About that trip to Quebec

By Sarah Smiley on Oct. 19, 2016, at 6:50 a.m.
“There are so many stories of Dustin cheerfully believing he has a ‘better way’ to get to our destination, only to end up taking us on a ‘scenic route’ that, in his words, ‘we would have missed otherwise,'” Sarah Smiley writes.
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Learning French isn’t as easy as it sounds

By Sarah Smiley on Oct. 11, 2016, at 3:56 p.m.
It might surprise you that although I’ve been a military dependent for 39 years, the only foreign country I’ve visited is Canada.
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How long will you wait to turn on the heat?

By Sarah Smiley on Oct. 04, 2016, at 3:19 p.m.
This extreme sport, if you will, involves waiting until the last possible moment to turn on the furnace and avoiding one more month of heating costs.
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Feelings of not belonging in Maine are real

By Sarah Smiley on Sept. 27, 2016, at 1:12 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: Feelings of being “different” when you are new to Maine are not fiction. Neither is the immense sense of pride people have in this state — for good reason. But these divisions stymie growth and turn away people who will love Maine as much as we do.
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The Smiley boys talk favorite columns, previewing mom’s stories in this Q-and-A

By Sarah Smiley on Sept. 20, 2016, at 10 a.m.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions Sarah Smiley receives regarding the boys, with her answers — and theirs!
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Our experiences are not our children’s

By Sarah Smiley on Sept. 13, 2016, at 4:24 p.m.
His experience of what we lived through together is textbook. His memory of our months alone together are just stories he’s been told.
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Why I can’t send my husband to get things

By Sarah Smiley on Sept. 06, 2016, at 5:12 p.m.
I learned my lesson about lists after the muffin incident, but this weekend’s lemonade mix-up canceled all of Dustin’s go-getting tasks.
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What happened when I gave up dessert

By Sarah Smiley on Aug. 30, 2016, at 2:01 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: This year I learned I love desserts.
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To my son, peanut butter is green

By Sarah Smiley on Aug. 23, 2016, at 1:20 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: What else does my son think is green? I wondered. Turns out, quite a bit.
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That time we thought we had lice

By Sarah Smiley on Aug. 16, 2016, at 2:39 p.m.
The next morning, I woke up to a text from someone else who had been with us that fateful day: “I have lice. Starting the treatment now.”
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People walk around the Bangor State Fair at Bass Park in Bangor, July 30, 2016.

Finally lucky at the state fair

By Sarah Smiley on Aug. 09, 2016, at 4:57 p.m.
Each year we try it again, and each year we learn more hard lessons. Except for the year when we finally got lucky.
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Lies people tell you at the lake

By Sarah Smiley on Aug. 02, 2016, at 3:25 p.m.
Summertime means that it is lake time, and when you go to the lake, there are a host of lies people tell you.
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The small relics we hold on to

By Sarah Smiley on July 26, 2016, at 6:38 p.m.
It’s funny how through each stage of our life, hundreds of moments and memories are filtered down to a few select items.
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Even the youngest has to grow up

By Sarah Smiley on July 19, 2016, at 1:39 p.m.
There is another problem for last-borns that no one seems to talk about: For all the flimsy scrapbooks and memories, your room becomes the dumping ground for everyone else’s childhood stuff.
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How not to push people away

By Sarah Smiley on July 12, 2016, at 2:26 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: At first I scanned the 4 behaviors in bold type — Selfishness, Conceitedness, Self-Righteousness and Chronic Complaining — and my first thought was, “Sounds like every toddler I’ve ever known.”
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That time my husband put on a too-small bathing suit

By Sarah Smiley on July 05, 2016, at 4:21 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: I made a mistake. Despite nearly 16 years as a mother to all boys, boys whom I know absorb my comments and actions, I had a moment of weakness and forgot. I opened my mouth, and bad, hurtful words came out.
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How a little school brought up a family

By Sarah Smiley on June 28, 2016, at 3:32 p.m.
Soon, it was just Owen who went to the school to pick up my youngest. He waited in the cafeteria with the other teenage siblings and stood stoically with his back against the wall when his little brother ran to him, his backpack bouncing up and down behind him.
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Selective Service for women gets even closer

By Sarah Smiley on June 21, 2016, at 4:34 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: In the history of the world, it often has been women who influenced massive change. Now that it is their life, financial aid and “choice” at stake, perhaps they will finally change Selective Service, too.