Tiny Guests

Dear Short Answers: My house is a death trap for babies.  What precautions are my responsibility and what are properly the responsibility of parents? Nervous Dear Nervous: For family, put yourself out a bit.  Removable baby gates are very helpful for staircases.  In general, take sharp objects and anything you care about off coffee tables [...]

Growing Up Circa 2015

Dear Short Answers: My son recently turned 26 and must now get his own health insurance.  From what I understand, this is not difficult and not expensive under Obamacare.  But his philosophy is since he doesn’t own anything, they can’t force him to pay and he’ll get free care if anything happens.  He’s probably right [...]

Cut to the Chase

Dear Short Answers: My husband and I have constant disagreements over how to raise our children.  Everything from when is bedtime to how much candy they can eat at Halloween. Is there a book you can recommend that can settle these arguments once and for all? Wit’s End Dear Wit: Disagreements about kids is a [...]

Oh No, This Again

Dear Short Answers: Every one around me is gearing up for the holidays and I am so not feeling it!  I love my family and do my very best to stay in touch and hear their concerns, but the thought of all of them banging up against one another (not to mention all that work) [...]

Who Said It Would Be Easy?

Dear Short Answers: I know that it’s tough for a kid, even a college graduate, to get a job these days.  But is it better to let your kid live at home after college so they can “find themselves” or should I kick the little birds out of the nest? Mama Bird Dear Mama: Yes, [...]

Lucky Boy

Dear Short Answers: What do you think about taking a gap year between high school and college? My son wants to spend a year in Europe which we can afford. But I’m afraid that he won’t eventually go to college if he stops going to school and enjoys himself too much. How do I give [...]

Do What You Love, But Fix What You Must

Dear Short Answers: Do you think that sons should be trained to do housework just like daughters are? My husband disagrees with me on this subject. He thinks that girls should learn cooking and cleaning and boys should learn auto repair and yard work. I think he’s being ridiculous but I don’t know how to [...]

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

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