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Parenting Imperfect

September 15, 2012

Lessons learned from puppy a lot like those from kids


Lesson Nine:

You will force everyone around you to look at pictures of the puppy, just like you did when your kids were babies. You will have stories about “the cute thing the pup did” that will be too sweet to not share. Your actual kids will be thrilled that, for a change, you aren’t gossiping about them.

Lesson Ten:

Assure yourself that soon she’ll be a dog and all of the puppy mayhem will end. Then take one good look at your giant human babies and realize that it will happen faster than you could have imagined.

Adrienne Martini is a freelance writer, instructor at the State University College at Oneonta, mom to Maddy and Cory, wife to Scott, and author of “Sweater Quest.” Her columns can be found at

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