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My youngest child has a flair for drama. She walks around the house, engaging in little conversations between herself and ... herself.

More than 100 years ago, an American parenting expert named Sidonie Gruenberg popularized the idea of an allowance for children.

Just about 12 years ago, we were gathered at a French restaurant. It was Bastille Day, so the music was loud and colors flashed as dancers moved between tables.

In honor of Mother’s Day, I decided to turn my column over to my kids. I asked them some questions about moms, and then I recorded their thoughts with as little prompting as possible.