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More thoughts on women and the draft

By Sarah Smiley on Oct. 20, 2015, at 4:51 p.m.
Last week’s column about women and the draft, and specifically readers’ responses to it, raised many questions. I answer them.
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The draft: Don’t worry, your daughters are still safe

By Sarah Smiley on Oct. 13, 2015, at 12:20 p.m.
Your son — and even you (for aiding his crime) — can go to jail if he does not register for the Selective Service within 30 days of becoming an adult. Yet even in the likely event that that doesn’t happen, he still can’t apply for government jobs or financial aid for college unless he is registered.
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Was my 17-year marriage ready for self-checkout?

By Sarah Smiley on Oct. 06, 2015, at 10:38 a.m.
Sarah Smiley: Picture Lucille Ball at the chocolate factory.
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Basement as a time capsule of memories

By Sarah Smiley on Sept. 29, 2015, at 4:46 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: The very last layer of the basement was a snapshot into our lives when we moved here.
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Military recruiter list: Opt in or out?

By Sarah Smiley on Sept. 22, 2015, at 12:41 p.m.
Do I want military recruiters to contact my son?
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Mistakes of motherhood

By Sarah Smiley on Sept. 15, 2015, at 4:07 p.m.
Last month, Cherish Peterson, 27, left her 2-month-old son in a shopping cart outside an Arizona grocery store. According to Peterson, it was an accident. Her routine was off, and her three other children had distracted her. Also, you know, she just had a baby two months ago. The baby …
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My encounter with the Amish at the copy machine

By Sarah Smiley on Sept. 08, 2015, at 3:40 p.m.
I did not expect to see any Amish people during a recent trip to the local office supply store. Partly this was because I didn’t see any buggies outside. Mostly, however, it was because I had some misguided notions about the Amish — notions like they’d have no use for …
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My little ducklings are growing up

By Sarah Smiley on Sept. 01, 2015, at 3:56 p.m.
Ford and I were checking out a book at the public library. Wait, let me rephrase that. Ford was checking out a book; I was his driver. We stood next to each other at the counter waiting for the librarian, but neither of us talked. In the silence, I watched …
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Participation trophies: Good or bad?

By Sarah Smiley on Aug. 25, 2015, at 3:46 p.m.
James Harrison, a Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker, last week sent back his sons’ trophies because they were the dreaded kind, received only for participating in a sport. Harrison’s sons are only 8 and 6 years old, so it’s easy to imagine big, teary eyes and little hands grasping for the plastic …
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What’s really sad about that Nature Valley video (It’s not what you think)

By Sarah Smiley on Aug. 18, 2015, at 6:48 p.m.
Nature Valley, the granola company, put out a new video — a “chilling” video, according to many people — this summer as part of its #rediscovernature campaign. In it, an off-camera voice asks three generations of people some variation of the same question: “When you were young, what did you …
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GOP debates as a crossroads in parenthood

By Sarah Smiley on Aug. 11, 2015, at 5:06 p.m.
As we sat down to watch the first GOP debates between candidates vying to be the Republican presidential nominee, my 8-year-old son, Lindell, asked, “So, who are the bad people?” “There are no bad people on the stage,” I told him. “Are the bad people on the Democratic side, then?” …
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Are you a lake person or beach person?

By Sarah Smiley on Aug. 04, 2015, at 4:12 p.m.
There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who like beaches and those who prefer lakes. Well, actually, there also are those people who mouth the words of someone who is speaking to them (how do they do that?), and those who do not. But for the purpose …
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What PG-13 teaches us

By Sarah Smiley on July 21, 2015, at 2:21 p.m.
Through some odd twist of circumstances, my oldest son, Ford and I were the only ones home one night. This almost never happens. And now that Ford is nearly 15, I decided we should watch a movie, a PG-13 movie, we normally could not when Ford’s younger brothers are around. …
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All my children are vaccinated. Here’s why

By Sarah Smiley on July 14, 2015, at 11:59 a.m.
Imagine for a moment that a scientist has created a preventative vaccine-like shot for all types of cancer. But there’s just one catch: the vaccine carries a minuscule risk (say, one adverse reaction for every 40,000 doses given). That risk could include anything from febrile seizures to anaphylactic shock. But …
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Why Little League is better than Major League Baseball

By Sarah Smiley on July 07, 2015, at 3:04 p.m.
Little League may be for kids and Major League Baseball for adult athletes, but when it comes to being a spectator, I strongly prefer the former. Here’s why: In Little League, anything can happen A Little League game is not decided until the very last out of the last inning. …
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When your kid is afraid of water

By Sarah Smiley on June 30, 2015, at 3:44 p.m.
Two of my sons have suffered from a fear of the water, both for good reasons. When Owen was 4, he fell into a neighbor’s pool during a birthday party. He lay face down in the deep end until an attentive grandmother jumped in to get him. It would be …
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Lindell the Lion: mascot for everything

By ssmiley on June 23, 2015, at 3:41 p.m.
Ever since he was as young as 18 months old, Lindell has loved two things: animals and an audience (also, alliteration, coincidentally). He knows and remembers not just the names of all his stuffed animals, which surely number in the dozens by now, but also their personalities, likes and dislikes. …
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Pop culture trends I missed while raising kids

By Sarah Smiley on June 17, 2015, at 11:13 a.m.
I realize I’m getting older and that I’ve spent the last 14 years raising children — specifically, boys. I don’t expect to fully understand the Kardashians, One Direction or earrings that make large, open holes in people’s ears. I’m aware that these things have become part of regular pop culture, …
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Yes, we are related to the Maine Smileys

By Sarah Smiley on June 10, 2015, at 12:46 p.m.
I’ve shared before how our family came to Maine seven years ago. The military sent us here after my husband, Dustin, put Maine on our wish list of future duty stations. But why did this California-loving boy put Maine on the list at all? The answer lies with a clan …
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No crying off the baseball field, either

By Sarah Smiley on June 02, 2015, at 1:10 p.m.
Crying is not allowed on the baseball field. You already knew that. But did you know that crying also isn’t allowed off the field, in the concession stand, on the bleachers or in the score box either? I learned the hard way last weekend. This is Owen’s last year of …