05/12/19 8:00am

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We have a friend whose mother hated to be taken to lunch on Mother’s Day.

“I don’t want to be sitting there with some old dolls with corsages pinned to their dresses,” she said, “with people who forget them for the rest of the year.”

It’s always refreshing to hear some humor attached to a conspiracy of florists taken way too seriously by some. But what is undeniably serious are the challenges 21st-century parents face, problems that only 20 years ago wouldn’t even be on their radar screens. (more…)

09/05/16 3:30pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Vicki Weslek with her children, from left, Elizabeth, Evan and Harrison.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO
Vicki Weslek with her children, from left, Elizabeth, Evan and Harrison.

Elizabeth Weslek is ready. But she has moments when she’s not completely sold on the whole idea.

Scheduled to start kindergarten on tomorrow, September 7 at “the big school,” Elizabeth, 5, has told her mother, Vicki, a couple of times,

“I want to go back to my old school,” referring to the Shelter Island Early Childhood Learning Center. (more…)

09/02/15 4:30pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Some kids are eager, some worried, and most a little of both for school to start. Keeping the last of summer alive last week, from left, Riley Renault, Elijah Davidson, Nathan Cronin, Hayden Davidson, Cooper Renault and Pacey Cronin on the slide. Seated in back, from left, Abby Kotula, Susan Cronin and Kate Davidson.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO
Some kids are eager, some worried, and most a little of both for school to start. Keeping the last of summer alive last week, from left, Riley Renault, Elijah Davidson, Nathan Cronin, Hayden Davidson, Cooper Renault and Pacey Cronin on the slide. Seated in back, from left, Abby Kotula, Susan Cronin and Kate Davidson.

Katie Springer was asked if she was busy this time of year getting her children ready to go back to school. “I’d like to talk,” she said. “But I’m too busy getting the kids ready to go back to school.”

It’s a given that this is a busy time for parents and children. Busy, and at times stressful, on the emotions and on a family’s pocketbook. (more…)

05/08/15 4:30pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Kelly Surerus at home with month-old daughter Piper and 18-month old Jackson.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO
Kelly Surerus at home with month-old daughter Piper and 18-month old Jackson.

We have a friend whose mother hated to be taken to lunch on Mother’s Day.

“I don’t want to be sitting there with some old dolls with corsages pinned to their dresses,” she said, “with people who forget them for the rest of the year.” (more…)