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The Child Statesman

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014 | READ MORE
5 a.m. wakeup call: "MOM, DAD, I AM THROWING UP!" That's music to a parent's ear. And for a working parent, it means an unexpected day out of the office. Team members have to be notified; clients must be rearranged; telephone calls rerouted to the cell or home phone; expectations have to be reset. With the rash of snow and ice days in Georgia, my office has been shutdown several times over the past few weeks. Like any business owner, I think about meeting client demands and production deadlines. So I pulled out some files, logged in to the office computer via (lifesaver - this is an unpaid promotion), and prepared to do some work. A few emails in, and my son continues to be ill. Repeatedly. I set work aside after managing the first of two conference calls, thinking I'll come back to it later. Then THIS happened: A little boy asked me to sit in his room while he rested, specifically in the reclining rocking chair we've had since he came home from the hospital. A little boy asked me to sing him "that song" I used to sing when he was truly little. A little boy asked me to curl up with him; to keep refreshing the cold compress on his forehead; to bring him some water; to just be there with him. So I did these things for him. He's my little boy and I only have one chance to do this Mom thing the right way. Today, I think I did a pretty good job. The evidence? (1) My son asked me when Mother's Day would come around on the calendar. (2) He also said that the Kid President was right about Moms. For those unfamiliar with the Kid President, here you go: (3) Something sweet and special he said to me, which will remain in my heart. Some days, I have to be mostly a Lawyer. Today, I got to be mostly a Mom. And that is what I needed to do and where I needed to be on this day. I'm certain my clients will understand - a few will even nod their heads with a knowing smile. It has been a long time since I spent a day in that old rocking chair. While I will take one more conference call today (instead of showing up in person at the meeting), I will do it from that chair so I can keep an eye on my sick little boy. As soon as I freshen up this cold compress.

Heroin and National Security

Monday, February 3, 2014 | READ MORE
Is heroin more than just a drug addiction problem? Is it a national security threat? Interesting facts on the sources of heroin from the Drug Policy Alliance. Something to think about, and something that isn't really being discussed. As a very astute college friend remarked this weekend, "tell your kids early: there are two things you can never make a mistake with: heroin and guns." That advice is short, sweet, and directly to the point. Thanks, Dave. Folks, talk to the kids in your life about drug use and addiction. It is never too early to plant the seeds that will help our children to avoid risky behavior as they grow up.