Heather Ijames

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    HEATHER IJAMES: Silver-haired wisdom tends to be sound

    I was reading an article by a father of three young boys, a man who was trying to shunt conventional wisdom with the excuse of he was tired. He said he wanted to hurt people who told him to enjoy the time he has when his kids are young,...

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    HEATHER IJAMES: The worst part of youth sports -- parents

    I've had a respite from organized youth sports for a few years. It was nice. Had the boys in music lessons. No more cold morning games or hot afternoon practices. No more having someone sit next to me, spitting their saliva-riddled...

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    HEATHER IJAMES: A little effort goes a long way toward family togetherness

    We were riding along the bike path on Saturday when I realized we were a sorry bunch. I don't think the family had ridden together in more than a year, so our equipment needed a little bit of love and probably a bunch of money. The bike...

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    HEATHER IJAMES: If I had a daughter, I'd fight with her over short shorts

    This is about short shorts and the need to fight. There was a young man at the gym minding his own business, lifting weights. A young girl walked up next to him to stretch. I'd put them both at 19 to 20 years old. He couldn't help but...

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    HEATHER IJAMES: The ups and downs of vacations with kids

    Day one: We're on our way to Bodega Bay. We make a pit stop in Gilroy because they sell six ears of corn for a dollar and peaches the size of a linebacker's fist. They also have a vulgar named brand everywhere, and both of my kids can read...

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    HEATHER IJAMES: The late-night leftover debacle

    There's been a debate in my house about leftovers. I know that once I lay the problem out, many will agree that my husband, Charles, has been slighted. But what everyone fails to recognize is that I have very non-specific and wholly...

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    HEATHER IJAMES: I wanted a picture but got a critter

    All I wanted was a picture of my two sons next to an oak tree, but that's not all I walked away with. We were camping at Brite Lake, up in Tehachapi, and from having camped there before, I remembered there was this gorgeous oak a few...

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    HEATHER IJAMES: Go outside, for the sake of your children

    Go outside. Your kids will thank you. The summer season is upon us and according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, it'll help kids in a multitude of ways if you take them outside. I mention the wildlife service because it recently...

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    HEATHER IJAMES: A dozen years of marriage, some a cracked egg

    I always reflect on my marriage at the end of May because it's anniversary time. Twelve years now. A dozen. That's like one egg for each year, and I suppose there are some cracked eggs in the bunch. This year, however, the egg is looking...

  10. HEATHER IJAMES: This is what I meant to say about strengthening our kids

    I believe I've made a mistake. At least, a partial one. Not too long ago, I wrote about keeping kids in the bubble and while I still wholeheartedly agree that it is our job as parents to limit what things our kids are exposed to --...

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    HEATHER IJAMES: Top reasons to be glad you have a son

    I was at the grocery store, waiting on some take home pizza. The day was Good Friday, and nothing says holy day like the buzz and pandemonium of an overcrowded WinCo. It was also one of those rare moments in time when despite my...

  12. HEATHER IJAMES: Why dogs are easier than kids

    After months of hoarding the boys' birthday and Christmas money they'd received, cash and gifts cards given by family members, we accumulated a nice little stash to finance a trip to Disneyland. We went down the night before, stayed in a...

  13. HEATHER IJAMES: Bullying's not OK -- for children or adults

    Our society seems to be hyper-vigilant on calling out bullying and "wrongdoing" these days, and I'm all right with that. For example, when my boys are watching Nickelodeon or some other cartoon show, they now have PSAs where teen actors go...

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