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She Speaks: Christmas thank-yous teach lessons of gratitude

One of my most favorite things about Christmas — and other special occasions that involve gifts, like birthdays and anniversaries — is writing thank-you notes. Read More

She Speaks: Taking steps to create a healthier new year

It’s the eve of New Year’s Eve and across the country people are making out a list of resolutions. Read More

She Speaks: With family overseas, it’s time for new mail tactics

Now that I’ve sent a few boxes, though, the process has become more comfortable. And knowing my family abroad will be getting a taste of home makes me happy. Read More

She Speaks: Chaperoning includes unexpected advantages

On a recent field trip to Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center, I had three kindergartners pulling me in three different directions at one of the interactive exhibits. Read More

She Speaks: Thanksgiving allows time to rest before holiday rush

Thanksgiving is but a few short days away. This is the week we all pause to reflect and be grateful. And today, I am grateful for nothing. Read More

She Speaks: Welcoming new member of family a tough choice

There’s a lot to think about when welcoming a new family member into the fold. The biggest item is probably cost. Young things also tend to be rambunctious, so protecting the house is another factor. Read More
 

She Speaks: Keiki inherit mom’s love for Halloween

As a mommy of three, the holiday isn’t about me. It’s about my daughters, ages 11, 10 and 6. I do it all for them and I couldn’t be happier. Read More

She Speaks: Halloween in Hawaii translates to cool costumes

With fall festivals to attend all month long, the costume construction starts in late September. That is when the final decisions must be made. Read More

She Speaks: Chopsticks everywhere make life a breeze

I am almost never without a pair of chopsticks — in my handbag, in my car, at my work desk. I can’t remember when I started doing it, but they’ve become a necessity. Read More
 

She Speaks: Parents give middle child assurance she’s loved

The last thing any mother or father wants is a child who feels ignored or feels the need to try extra hard to get noticed by her own parents. Read More

School forms a yearly trial for parents

I’m going to keep this short because I have a hand cramp. It’s a recurring condition that happens at the beginning of every school year. Read More

Icky episode necessitates home-cooked meals for beloved pet

The gross, smelly situation would have been less disgusting if the dog didn’t sleep on the bed. Read More

From crayons to compasses, school supplies mark passage of time

This school year brings several mini-milestones for my three daughters. Read More

Grocery stores offer travelers experiences beyond food

A trip to the supermarket gives me a hint of the culture of a city in the most accessible way — through the way they eat. Read More

Navigating Tokyo as newlyweds a memorable adventure

Exploring Tokyo was a blast, and we already are contemplating other cities in Japan to visit on our next trip. Read More

Devoted dad earns lifetime of love, respect

The best dads are the ones who will spend time with their kids. To all the other awesome daddies who give their children all the love, support and time in the world — happy Father’s Day. Read More

Men, women differ in attitudes toward later-life pursuits

I’ve noticed a trend in which the men seem to be turning into, well, stubborn, cranky old men. Meanwhile, the ladies are busting out, doubling down at work, pursuing travelopportunities, new hobbies, even new careers. Read More
 

Summer living ain’t easy for parents juggling keiki activities

Summer vacation for a kid is all about freedom, a chance to engage in their interests more intently and to explore their world in the extended daylight hours. But someone has to plan all that. Read More

Self-identity isn’t altered in the name of nuptials

My name is a part of my identity. That sounds corny, but it’s true. Read More

Motherhood’s challenges coupled with rich rewards

I’ve been a mommy now for more than a decade. I realized early on that motherhood and perfection are an impossible combination. Despite that knowledge, feelings of failure, guilt and hopelessness are inevitable. Read More

Unexpected purge helps declutter home, mind

On a recent weekend my husband announced that things were going to change. We weren’t going on the typical Sunday family outing. We were going to stay home and clean — spring clean. Read More

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