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Author Archives: Leslie Penkunas

The push for more public pre-k in PA (access required)

In Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties, there are 17,620 eligible children who are unable to enroll in quality, publicly funded pre-K education. To meet their needs, an additional 881 pre-k classrooms are needed.

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Pink dyes daughter’s hair in support of Jessica Simpson who was mom-shamed for coloring kid’s locks (access required)

The pop star, 39, shared a photo Thursday of her daughter Willow Sage, 8, getting her hair dyed blue after she heard about backlash Jessica Simpson received for letting her daughter Maxwell “Maxi” Drew, 7, dye the ends of her hair purple. Continue reading.

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Words of wisdom for families with a child newly diagnosed with autism (access required)

It’s been 12 years since my son was diagnosed with autism. That’s 12 years of doing the best I can to right both his world and mine--not by disregarding his diagnosis, trying to “fix him” or make him be someone he is not--but by learning, advocating and sadly, screwing up.

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Editor’s Letter: The fleeting goodbye (access required)

When I dropped him off for his first day, I put on my happy face. “Don’t upset him with your tears,” I told myself. He scrambled out of my car and ran off toward the school building. Wait, what?

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Hello again summer sadness, my old friend (access required)

Feeling bluesy in the summer is, at least superficially, a wholly selfish act. No one is supposed to be sad in the summer, and to find oneself down without any good reason takes some level of determination (one would think). Continue reading.

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Vacationing with a baby: 1 month old vs. 1 year old (access required)

Our family just returned from Ocean City, Maryland. We go every year and get a condo–three bedrooms and a few baths–for my parents, my sister and brother-in-law, their two kids, ages 6 and 11, my husband, my kid and myself. It’s a great time and something we definitely look forward to, every year. There’s plenty to do for the kids: ...

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Jade Roper Tolbert reveals she gave birth in her closet: “One of the scariest moments of my life” (access required)

On Tuesday, just hours after PEOPLE exclusively revealed that Jade, 31, and her husband Tanner Tolbert, 32, are now parents of two — Jade shared on Instagram that she had “accidentally” given birth to her son in her closet at home. Continue reading.

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Story time: The five children’s books every adult should read (access required)

My 12-year-old self wanted autonomy, peril, justice, food and above all a kind of density of atmosphere into which I could step and be engulfed. My adult self wants all those things, and also: acknowledgments of fear, love, failure. Continue reading.

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