Connie Donahue, Sidelines Senior Analyst
Connie Donahue

About me
I am a trained American historian, and my professional background is in college teaching, scholarly research and writing, and university administration. Currently, I research and write on topics of interest to a broader audience. I am a regular contributor to Woman Around Town, a website devoted to issues of interest to women in DC. It has been an enriching experience. With each assignment, I learn more about pressing social matters, such as safe cosmetics, SAD, and obsessive exercise. I also know that my pieces inform and offer new perspectives to women on issues relevant to them. It is satisfying to use my skills in a positive way. I share Sidelines' commitment to intelligent discourse, high-quality writing, and content that is substantive and entertaining. I feel fortunate to be writing on topics of wide significance, such as parenting and learning.
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6 Level 8391 Rep Score 14 Followers 6 Following
Areas of Interest
Lifestyle Parenting

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 Subjects
Parenting
  • Child Nutrition / Food / Eating Habits
  • General / Other Parenting
  • Only Children
  • Child Health
  • University Education
Lifestyle
  • Seasonal Food / Cooking
  • Women's Fashion
  • Cooking / Food Recipes
  • Food
 Posts
1 year ago

Should we buy celebrity advice?

Every month, it seems, a celebrity publishes a book about cooking, beauty, fashion, decorating, sports, politics, and assorted other topics. March is no different. Today, Kristin Cavallari of The Hills fame published a cookbook, Balancing in Heels: My Journey to ...

You can travel with a child and have fun too.

My husband, our ten-year-old son, and I recently spent almost a week in Vienna, Austria. As the departure date approached, I grew more anxious about the trip. Frankly, I feared that I would spend my time dealing with a whiny ...

Parenting Pressure Point #3: Failing to Get a Life

Do not. I repeat. Do not live vicariously through your children. If you mindlessly give in to the temptation, you will almost certainly live to regret it.

Have you ever asked someone how they are doing, and they tell you ...

Parenting Pressure Point #2: Healing thy own wounds first

Okay, so we were all "damaged" in some way or to some extent during childhood. Maybe you were given too many material things and now do not have a healthy appreciation of hard work. Maybe you did not develop a ...

Parenting Pressure Point #1: Consistency

These days, few would doubt the importance of consistency in good parenting . "Consistency means that rules and expectations are the same from one time to another," according to the University of Alabama's Parenting Assistance Line. This sounds straightforward: You ...

Boredom and the Gifted Child: What are parent to do?

"School is so boring." This oft-recited student complaint has a unique meaning when the student is intellectually gifted. Gifted and talented students in regular school spend hours being under stimulated and insufficiently challenged. They are often overlooked by administrators, perhaps ...

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1 year ago

This may seem rather weird, but Julie Roberts' rendition of "Kiss" in Pretty Woman was memorable to me. Isn't that what we all did? See along and have fun with his music? Didn't we all just let go ...

It is still hard to believe, isn't it? I feel profound sadness. Sorry for the overused metaphor, but he really was the soundtrack of my youth. And many years later, I would never change the radio station (yes, radio ...

Yes, he will learn that he has gained another ally in the family. In the meantime, your kids are supplying some hilarious stories. I needed a chuckle. Thanks.

This is a good question, but I honestly cannot remember how this particular part of vocabulary emerged and expanded. I cannot even recall what the first verbal gift was or who gave it to me. I think it was in ...

Holidays are always tinged by family issues. If they were just about me, my husband, and our child, all would be well. Unfortunately, there is no escaping drama during the holidays. Sorry, don't mean to be depressing, but I ...

Oh, my gosh, this is too funny! I had no idea that people had such a strong attachment and allegiance to their type of smart phone. This is an education. I have an Android, and I have never owned an ...

Too many people have sacrificed their lives so that you and I can vote. I will not send the message that their sacrifices were in vain by not exercising my right to vote. Period.

Merriam-Webster's definition of civil disobedience is the "refusal to obey governmental demands or commands especially as a nonviolent and usually collective means of forcing concessions from the government." This is quite different than what Anonymous does, I think. They ...

 In reply to Anonymous?

@Nels Nelsen You're right on point. Celebrities don't actually own the wisdom they claim to deliver. Their trainers, therapists, and make-up artists do. I get the idea of star heading up a public awareness/service campaign, promoting health ...

@Thom Ellis Your last comment is intriguing. I would like to hear more. Wouldn't you say that someone like Jackson is qualitatively different because his intent is profit, whereas someone like me just expresses an opinion without a profit ...

My son's school nurse also cautions against sharing outerwear like hats and scarves in order to prevent problems in the future. Also, perhaps it is a good idea to wash the upholstery in your car? I also like the ...

@Usman Ghani I hardly know where to start. This is such a complex issue, and I confess that I am not even sure I understand all of the nuances of UBI. Having spent my formative years in Ontario, I am ...

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