Lillie M. Thomas

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5 Famous April Fools’ Jokes

Love it or hate it, April Fools’ Day is here. In fact, Yahoo got an early start yesterday on the dubious holiday with a false report that Trader Joe’s is closing all its stores, causing bargain-hunting food lovers across the country to keen. To...

Survey: Parents Are Going Into Debt to Spoil Their Children

Parents have a moral obligation to care for their children’s needs to the best of their abilities. But what happens when parents endanger their children’s basic necessities for the sake of their children’s wants? According to a recent article on...

Actor Jimmy Stewart Fought Bravely in WWII

Earlier this month marked the 75th anniversary of beloved actor Jimmy Stewart being drafted into military service for WWII. Jimmy Stewart is best known for his roles in films like Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and It’s A Wonderful Life, but he’s...

If Parents Stopped Enabling Their Kids, Maybe There Wouldn’t be as much Student Loan Debt

A recent Star Tribune article nails a major issue in the student debt crisis: Too many parents are enabling their children by helping them take out massive loans for colleges they can’t afford. This has caused a lot of young people to cripple...

Should Parents Stop Helping Their Kids So Much with Homework?

A child is capable of completing a homework assignment without his parents’ help. Astonishing, right?  According to a recent New York Times piece by Kj Dell’Antonia on her own parenting experience, it would seem to be. But, Dell’Antionia’s...

Schools are Teaching Kids to Have Emotional “Meta-Moments”?!?

One of the hottest topics in modern education is the need to teach kids emotional skills. This year, as the Seattle Times reports, several Seattle school districts are adopting a Yale-developed program called “RULER” (“Recognize, Understand,...

Does Homeschooling Give Children More Room to Excel?

Many homeschooled children continue to demonstrate impressive academic feats. The latest example is a homeschooled Minnesota teen who became one of a very small number of students to achieve a perfect score on the ACT. As Fox 9 reports, Sam...

A Convincing Case for Saying ‘Y’all’?

Grammarians and lovers of the English language will either be intrigued or horrified by a recent piece for The Atlantic. In it, writer Vann R. Newkirk II makes the case that “y’all” NEEDS to be adopted into common usage beyond the American south...

Just Because a Kid is 'Hard' Doesn’t Mean He’s not 'Normal'

In a recent blog for the New York Times, pediatrician Perri Klass reminds us that in the full range of normal, healthy child development, some kids are just plain more difficult than others. It seems like she is stating the obvious, but is this a...

Fasting: Good For the Body as Well as the Soul?

Liturgically-minded Christians around the world are currently observing the season of Lent. With Lent, comes fasting, a spiritual discipline practiced in varying levels of intensity by religions all over the world. But non-believers might have a...

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