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Jason Lea

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Jason Lea has a son, daughter, and a full-time job at the Mentor Public Library. He also blogs for Northeast Ohio Parent in his nonexistent free time. You can find this East-sider on Twitter at @jasonmarklea or read his blog at

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Dad Matters: The Velma Scale

2021 Editions April 2021 Health Parenting
Northeast Ohio Parent columnist Jason Lea of "Dad Matters" shares with us his scale, named after the “Scooby-Doo” cartoon character, which ranks if a person’s choices are good or bad. It’s his way to help his children think about stories and the choices made. ...
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Dad Matters: A short list of everything I learned in 2020

2020 Editions December 2020 Magazine Parenting
Northeast Ohio Parent Dad Columnist Jason Lea shares with us his list of things learned in 2020, including funny moments, the challenges, but also joyful times with his family. ...
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Dad Matters: To Whoever is Listening

2020 Editions June/July 2020 Magazine Parenting Parenting Through the Pandemic

How are you? We’re about four months into (gestures vaguely) whatever this is, and it’s worth doing a sanity check. read more

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Dad Matters: Last Children Outside

2020 Editions April 2020 Magazine Parenting

I grew up less than half of a mile from a park with an old stone bridge that New Deal workers built in the 1930s. read more

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Can We Kick It?

2019 Editions December 2019 Magazine Parenting
As with any organized activity for young children, parents never can be sure what to expect. However, Northeast Ohio Parent columnist Jason Lea has come to appreciate several things about raising a karate kid. ...
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What’s in a Name

2019 Editions June 2019 Magazine Parenting

It is 10:42 p.m. on the second day of my son’s life.

I am strolling him down the hall of Hillcrest Hospital’s postnatal unit, so my wife can snatch

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Making the Neighborhood a Playborhood

2019 Editions Magazine March 2019 Parenting

I have neighbors who build their own haunted house for Halloween each year. (Timely reference, I know, but stick with me here.) read more

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A Requiem for Grandma’s House

2018 Editions December 2018 Magazine Parenting

When I think of Grandma Lea, I think about her house.

Her home on Evelyn Drive was Shangri-La to a 7-year-old. She had the good cereal, cable TV and only

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Dad Matters: The Sound of Silence

2018 Editions Magazine Parenting September 2018

The second time my mother got cancer, her throat swelled until she could no longer eat or breathe.

Consequently, my mother now cannot talk.  She may one day speak again

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The Joy of Face Painting

2018 Editions Ages & Stages June 2018 Magazine Parenting

My son likes to have his face painted.

That’s good because it encourages his imagination and makes for great Instagram fodder.

It’s bad because it costs me money.

It doesn’t

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