Thursday, March 28, 2013
Our panel of experts are waiting in the comments to answer your questions about what to read and more in the latest installment of Ask the Patch Pro.
It's time for another edition of Ask the Patch Pro, where each week we tackle a different topic and open up the comments section for questions. Our team of experts stop in to help you out and answer your questions. This week we're talking about books. What books should you be reading? What are the hot books right now? Is there a classic book you just can't go without having read? What books should your kids be reading?Patch wants to help you get your questions answered, but we needed some help. We've compiled a team of experts to help us out. Meet the experts:
Monday, February 25, 2013
Patch is looking for experts who can answer reader questions and offer advice about starting your own small business.
Thinking about starting your own business, but not quite sure where to start? Patch wants to help you find answers to your questions this week, but we need a little help. In the latest edition of "Ask the Patch Pro" we need local experts who can offer advice about starting your own business. If you're a local small business owner or consider yourself a business expert and can and can offer advice to other aspiring entrepreneurs, let us know two ways. One: You can leave a comment on this post along with your email address. Two: You can send an email to email@example.com. We need experts to answer questions on Thursday, Feb. 28. Curious as to what we are looking for? Take a look at some of our previous Patch Pro posts: So what do you…
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Children share the best things about their dads.
Happy Father's Day! In honor of this wonderful celebration of our fathers and what they mean to us, we found this great video from our friends at How to Do Everything. For this installment, children share their tips on what makes a good dad.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
With a little preparation, the first day of school can be smooth sailing!
In the next couple of weeks, most children in O’Fallon will be heading back to school. Whether it’s the first day of preschool, kindergarten or college, it can be emotionally challenging for children to be away from their parents for an extended period of time. The first day of school is an exciting milestone for our children! Going to school should be embraced and celebrated to encourage a life-long love of learning in our children. Most children transition to school without any problems, but it is common to experience a few bumps in the road during the first few weeks of school. However, with a little bit of planning and preparation in the days leading up to the “first day,” many problems can be lessened or avoided all together. One …
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Real Mom of O’Fallon gives tips on dealing with difficult emotions of sending your children to school for the first time.
For many parents, sending their children to school is hard. Whether it’s just a few hours of preschool or a full day of kindergarten, letting go of your children can bring on many different emotions: anxiety, fear or even sadness. Both of my boys have an August birthday, which means they are one of the older kids in their grade. They were both six years old when they went to kindergarten, as most children are only five. Because of this, I wasn’t too worried about them. Honestly, I was ready for them to go to school, and I’m pretty sure my boys were so sick of me they were equally ready to go to school, too! I know that most parents don’t share my enthusiasm of the first day of school. One of my friends, Julie has good reason to be …
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Local moms and dads discuss parenting issues in this weekly Q&A.
It's graduation season, which means high school seniors heading to college and college graduates heading out into the work world. This week, we want to hear from parents and other adults who have a graduate in their lives. What advice do you have for grads? What are your hopes and fears as they take the next big step in their lives? Share your thoughts and weigh in on the conversation in the comments section below. If you have another topic you would like to see discussed, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Real Mom of O'Fallon struggles with son's brutally honesty.
One of the joys of motherhood is witnessing the pure innocence and honesty of our children. They spend much of their early youth only knowing joy and happiness, albeit the occasional temper tantrum. However, there does come a time when as parents, we have to teach our children that some things are just not appropriate to say, even if it is the truth. My younger son Andrew is what I would call brutally honest. Some might think that is a wonderful quality, but unfortunately, it does have a down side. For instance, one afternoon while playing at a friend’s house Andrew told the mom her house and garage were messy and needed to be cleaned up. I wanted to crawl under a rock and hide I was so embarrassed! All I could do was apologize to …
Sunday, March 20, 2011
You talked about it, and we're featuring what local parents had to say in our weekly Moms Talk Q&A feature.
Each week, our Patch sites ask area moms, dads and grandparents to chip in on questions posed by Patch Moms Councils. Now we’re featuring the most interesting of comments from area readers from the St. Louis region. This week’s topics range from talking to your children about disasters to the proper etiquette for visiting a new mother in the hospital. Here’s what you had to say: O’Fallon Patch: How do you start a conversation about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan? Should you discuss it with your children? Anita Branson wrote: With tragedy all over the news and Internet, finding ways to open the door to a conversation on what is going on in the world is not too difficult. It is also a perfect opportunity to bridge the conversation …
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Local moms discuss parenting in this weekly Q&A.
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Moms Talk is a new feature on O'Fallon Patch that is part of a new initiative on our Patch sites to reach out to local moms and families. Each week in Moms Talk, our Moms Council of smart moms take your questions, ask their own, give advice and share solutions. Last week's question: What is the average age when kids start having sleep overs? This week's question: Parenting is hard work and I sometimes lose my temper with my children. What can I do to make sure that the lines of communication stay open, even when I get frustrated? Feel free to offer your suggestions in the comment space below!
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
O'Fallon mom revisits forgotten goals.
Just 26 days or 3 ½ weeks into 2011, and I’ve already lost sight of my New Year's Goals. Apparently, I’m not alone. According to Richard Wiseman, a psychologist with Britain's University of Hertfordshire, 88 percent of people will fail within 30 days of setting a New Year’s Resolutions. I didn’t even make it a full 30 days! In my first column, I shared my three goals for this year: 1. To eat better. 2. To spend less time on the computer. 3. To get back into scrapbooking. So, how exactly have I failed? Have I scrapbooked? Not one picture. Am I eating better? I was until this week. Have I spent less time on the computer? Yes. At least that is one success! One out three, that’s a failing grade for sure. In order to get back …