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"Mountain Brook has a problem with underage drinking. Every community in the U.S. struggles with this serious concern, but student surveys show that we have a problem that is even more serious than most communities." more

Nov 22, 2016 9:32 AM Columns

"It was a simple task, really, and one that many families had successfully carried out before us." more

Nov 22, 2016 9:27 AM Kari Kampakis

"When people talk about teenage girls today, the conversation often turns to how addicted they are to their phones. But what nobody seems to ask is, 'Why?'" more

Oct 28, 2016 10:22 AM Kari Kampakis

Don’t we all long to leave a legacy that outlives our time on earth and keeps our memory alive? more

Sep 6, 2016 9:04 AM Kari Kampakis

These moms don’t care about their kids being popular or belonging to a particular circle. But when they see their child sit home every weekend with nothing to do and notice how it impacts their self-esteem, it hurts them. more

Jun 29, 2016 9:56 AM Kari Kampakis

What made Papou a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend could be summed up in one word: consistency. more

May 27, 2016 2:37 PM Kari Kampakis

"Several years ago, I heard about a fifth-grade boy who showed character during a summer all-stars baseball game that was intense and high-stakes." more

Apr 29, 2016 2:47 PM Kari Kampakis

"Not one child is my mini-me, and that’s a good thing." more

Mar 25, 2016 9:09 AM Kari Kampakis

"When I was younger, I tended to let messages about forgiveness go in one ear and out the other. Quite honestly, it didn’t make sense for me to forgive people who had wronged me or done something to justify my distaste for them." more

Feb 23, 2016 11:44 AM Kari Kampakis

"Imagine your child at the top of a ski slope. They’re about to ski down for their first time, but for now, they’re relishing the view." more

Jan 25, 2016 3:26 PM Kari Kampakis

"​It recently occurred to me that my husband and I have reached an interesting midpoint in parenting." more

Dec 21, 2015 3:28 PM Kari Kampakis

"When I worked for an electric utility, we had a joke inside the company that nobody thinks about their electricity until the lights go out." more

Nov 25, 2015 11:10 AM Kari Kampakis

"With new apps constantly being introduced, and teens growing increasingly reliant on online communities, we parents are forced to deal with this reality and develop a game plan." more

Oct 27, 2015 3:20 PM Kari Kampakis

As my kids get older, I am learning the importance of being empathic. more

Aug 31, 2015 10:31 AM Kari Kampakis

However a mom shares her gifts, it’s all good. And for most moms, the bottom is this: We’re all passionate about our kids. more

Aug 25, 2014 2:15 PM Kari Kampakis

Sometimes I don’t understand all the meanness in this world. There is meanness at school. Meanness on the Internet. Meanness among enemies. Meanness among “friends.” Add it all together, and it can threaten your hope in humanity. more

Jul 30, 2014 11:07 AM Kari Kampakis 1 Comments

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