Not a Voting Issue

Dear Short Answers: How do I know if I am  poor mother?  Someone sarcastically told me I was running for “Mother of the Year.” Discouraged Dear Discouraged: Do the best you can, like all the rest of us.  Tell your sarcastic friend to stuff it. 1 person likes this post. Unlike

All Romance Is Complicated

Dear Short Answers: My mother claims to have fallen in love with an elderly gentleman (they are both in the 70s) who she met socially at a party. Both of them lost their spouses within the last year and both seem genuinely happy to be together. Even though they’ve only known each other for about [...]

Speak Softly and Carry a Big Intention

Dear Short Answers: How do I get my children (6 and 4 year old girls) to listen to me? Mama Dear Mama: Be firm, keep smiling, say what you mean and mean what you say. Like Unlike

Half Right

Dear Short Answers: As a parent of two children (an 8-year old girl and a 10-year old boy), I am sick and tired of the EVERY KID IS SPECIAL nonsense that is so popular today. Every kid DOES NOT deserve an award just for showing up. How do I get them prepared for the real [...]

Definitely Worth a Try

Dear Short Answers: My wife and I have had a miserable marriage since the beginning. In all honesty, the only reason we’ve stayed together at all is because of the sex (which is great). We were seriously talking about divorce but then she just found out that she was pregnant. Would it be wrong to [...]

A Home Not a Hothouse

Dear Short Answers: A number of my friends have started using those new electronic cigarettes. I realize that they don’t emit any smoke and are safe for other people to be around. But I still find them annoying and don’t want my children to think that they’re okay to use since they still, as far [...]

Fly Baby Fly

Dear Short Answers: What’s the right age to lay your foot down and kick the kids out of the house? My husband and I want our home back!!! Long Suffering Mom Dear LSM: In our experience, adult children living with parents has as many negatives as positives so you just might be doing your kids [...]

Parenting 101

Dear Short Answers: My daughter is 6 years old and has become obsessed with beauty pageants. Believe me, I have no idea why this happened. I am completely opposed to the idea but she is insistent and talks of nothing else. Even though I don’t believe that young girls should participate in such nonsense, would [...]

Less Said

Dear Short Answers: If you think your son is gay (he’s only 12 but I can tell), what’s the best course of action? Do I wait until he says something to me? Or do I encourage him to confront this issue? Mom Dear Mom: Relax. If your home is open and accepting he will “confront” [...]

Daddy Daycare at the Beach

Dear Short Answers: My wife is planning a beach vacation with 3 of her best friends from college. Everybody is married and everybody has young kids. The girls have rented a big house where we are all going to stay. It may sound fun to her but I am having second thoughts. From her conversations [...]

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