Better SAFE than Sorry

Dear Short Answers: My friend has a  boyfriend and I think they are having sex. She is only 15 and I don’t think she is using birth control. It’s none of my business but if she gets pregnant and has to drop out of school, I will feel so bad.  What should I do? Worried [...]

Warm and Cozy

Dear Short Answers: My son and his wife and his baby have been living with us for almost two years. To be honest, I haven’t really minded. Mostly.  Now they say they are expecting another baby. Does this mean they will never move out? Mom Dear Mom: Yes, they will never move out. Why should [...]

War on Boring

Dear Short Answers: My friends adopted a baby years ago. They are doting parents and their son is a poster child for adoption — happy, well-adjusted, polite — all the good stuff. HOWEVER, it is all they can talk about.  At first I enjoyed the stories and enjoyed how much they were enjoying being parents. [...]

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) [...]

It’s Not Your Party

Dear Short Answers: A very good friend is getting married in September. I just had a baby in June and she has said very clearly “no babies!” at the wedding. My baby will be only 3 months old and I don’t think this is fair! (I’m nursing,) What do you think? Mama Bear Dear mama: [...]

Operative Word: Gentle

Dear Short Answers: I recently had a child and am fortunate enough to be able to afford a full-time nanny so that I could go back to work.  Unfortunately, one of my best friends who also has a young child is still trying to balance being a mom and working full-time but can’t afford a [...]

Teachable Moments

Dear Short Answers: I have a good friend whose kid is acting out in very aggressive ways toward her. The baby is hitting her and throwing food — is this normal? Concerned Dear Concerned: It is very normal, but in our view, should not be tolerated.  When a baby hits a parent, put the baby [...]

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 [...]

Signs and Wonders

Dear Short Answers: I have been having an affair with a woman at work for the past 3 years (we are both married). I knew it was wrong, but we couldn’t stop ourselves. Now she is pregnant and won’t even speak to me. How can I find out if this is my baby or not? [...]

Well Intentioned, Misdirected

Dear Short Answers: I am 45 years old and have been married for over 10 years. My husband and I tried desperately to have kids but after 2 miscarriages — we just decided it wasn’t worth it. Lately, there seems to be a lot of news about new methods of fertilization and well-meaning friends are [...]

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