Matter of Life and Death

Dear Short Answers: I am so afraid that my niece is into seriously heavy drugs but my sister (her mother) refuses to listen to me. Is there anything else I should be doing to try to help or do I just need to stay out of this horrible situation? Scared Auntie Dear Scared: We think [...]

No Contest

Dear Short Answers: My son wants to quit school. He says he will get a GED. Is a GED as good as a high school diploma? Worried Mom Dear Mom: NO. A GED is not as good as a high school diploma. Studies show that graduates are better able to hold jobs and advance, develop [...]

Home Alone

Dear Short Answers: My wife and I separated two years ago and she moved to a new home about 100 miles from here. My youngest daughter, who is now 18, decided to stay with me to finish high school. My wife and I are going to try to get back together but she won’t move [...]

‘Bless the Child Who Has His Own…’

Dear Short Answers, We live in a desirable area code and have a very comfortable life, yet our pre-teen feels deprived. Seems all of his friends have more than he does and they were shocked that we made him pay for his own iPod (after he lost the first two). He is fine in public, [...]

Growing Grown-Ups

Dear Short Answers: I’m a single mom with a teen age daughter. I work in a bank so I have to get up every day by 7 am. the problem is that my daughter takes 2 hours to get ready for school so I have to get up at 5:30 just to start the whole [...]