Category: Opinion & Advice

Mindful Holiday Magic

By Laura Lyles Reagan Special to the PRESS The holidays are here! You’ve planned and prepared. But too often the holidays can be a hectic, chaotic swirl of shopping, entertaining, and traveling. Kids may be looking forward to doing absolutely nothing during the holidays. They may be a little burned out from the structure and regiment …

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My modern American view, is that you should not worry about fake news

By ROBERT AVILA Special to the NEWS I’m a lefty liberal arts major rightly conservative in my concern about the cool illusion of collusion between the media we consume and our confusion of what is right and what will be left of us when the word “fake news” is abused until we lose any sense …

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If you swore an oath, you shouldn’t have the luxury of acting like an absurd and weird political pundit

By ROBERT AVILA Special to the PRESS If I had a nickel for every time a conservative political pundit (someone who identifies as an authority on conservative values for media) attempted to put-down and shame freshman congressional Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for her former job as a bartender, I could buy everyone reading this column — …

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The three choice process to diminish homework hassles

By Laura Lyles Reagan Special to the PRESS Life is hard. Being a student and becoming a responsible young adult is one of the hardest stages of life. As parents, communicating that we are supportive and present to help can go a long way to co-create mutually beneficial solutions together and lay the foundation for …

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Baby Love: How Birth Order Affects Our Parenting

Laura Lyles Reagan Special to the PRESS Parenting expert, Dr. Gail Gross summarizes the existing roles and research on birth order by naming the first born as the achiever, the middle child as the peacemaker and the youngest child as the life of the party. While the eldest child is programmed for excellence and achievement, the …

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Step Parenting Wisdom

Laura Lyles Reagan, MS Special to the PRESS  “I am glad my stepdad never tried to be a father to me.  So, we didn’t have to get into any power struggles.  He became an adult friend and mentor.  He was generous with his time; he listened a lot and gave love freely,” Dave shared.  According to the U.S. …

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How to Avoid the School Morning Rush: Create Connection

By Laura Lyles Reagan Special to the PRESS   Stop that!  Be quiet!  Quit playing at the table and eat breakfast! Behave!  Hurry up; you’ll be late!  How many times do I have to tell you, get your backpack ready before you go to bed? It’s easy to slip. When we are rushed to school …

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Remembering Elizabeth Sweeten

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS It wasn’t like a John Grisham courthouse thriller, but the recent jury sentencing trial of Ronnie Huerta was fascinating in its own merit.  Huerta confessed to driving the motorcycle that struck and killed pedestrian Elizabeth Sweeten in March 2018. He had been drinking and under the influence of …

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When we speak only of the gun rights we cherish, our sons pay the cost of their abuse

By ROB AVILA Special to the PRESS A Texan’s son can buy an AR-15 from the local sporting goods store and feel the good weight of it as he pulls the trigger, shooting behind the family ranch as soon as he turns eighteen. For many in this State, that is a right to celebrate, not …

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Parenting styles for the future

By Laura Lyles Reagan The Teen & Parent Relationship Whisperer Between helicopter parents afraid to relinquish control and permissive parents afraid to exert authority, there is a respectful middle ground which is not fear-based. But what does it look like? How do you find that elusive balance in parenting? Social psychologists generally tell us there …

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