Avoid the sweat. Keep them wet.

Sprinkler Drinkers

Two of the most annoying words ever spoken by kids with great imaginations, plenty to play with, and backyards that beckon: “I’m booorrrred.” Hot, bored kids can have a chilling effect on any parent’s mood.

Water is a natural, plentiful mood elevator. That is, unless it’s preceded by a question or request along the lines of, “Please take a shower and wash your hair,” or “Did you load the dishwasher?” So let it flow in novel ways when the heat is on.

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I Just Don’t Know What to Say

Sympathy

Often, just as important as a special gift, are the words that accompany it. Especially words to acknowledge loss. We want to say something meaningful and comforting. Signing a name to the card isn’t enough.

Expressing condolence is not easy, even for those of us who write for a living. How to find the words without sounding clichéd or cloying? Here are a few suggestions.

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