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First Things First Column

First Things First Column The Family Column is a series of articles providing helpful information on families and marriages. It is published every Sunday in the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Subscribe to our  Family Column RSS Feed.

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Have you ever thought about the kind of legacy you want to leave?
“Jacob was 10 months old when I went with my mom and a friend to high tea,” said Joy Groblebe. “My mom barely dipped her finger in pistachio ice cream and put her finger in Jacob’s mouth. I went ballistic because kids can’t have dairy until they are a year old. When baby number two came along, she was eating strawberry popsicles at six months.” Talk with just about any mom or dad about being a first time parent, and most of them laugh out loud as they think back to those early years.
Shaunti Feldhahn is a Harvard educated, ground-breaking social researcher who has spent time working on Capitol Hill and Wall Street. Presently, she is focused on using her analytical skills to investigate changes impacting relationships, families, and workplace relationships.
In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Katy Perry discusses wanting a baby someday. She says, “...but I need to really be able to focus 100 percent of my attention on it. I don't really want to take the child on tour. Not until, like, birth through five is over." She then adds that it doesn’t really matter if there is a guy in the picture or not. “I don’t need a dude…..It’s 2014! We are living in the future; we don’t need anything….I’m not anti-men. I love men. But there is an option if someone doesn’t present himself.”
Thousands of young people from Little Leaguers to college sports will hit the fields this fall. Some will be there because they love the sport; others because their parents want them to experience being part of a team.