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 [...]

Boundaries

Dear Short Answers: I recently found out that my mother had a miscarriage long before I was born – and long before she was married. As her child, I feel that I have a right to know about my almost-sibling. Especially who the father was. She refuses to say a word and tells me that [...]

Are Pregnant Woman A Public Issue?

Dear Short Answers: There is a woman at work who is pregnant but still drinks at company parties (and probably a lot of other places where I don’t see her). How do I get her to stop? And doesn’t the company have a responsibility here? Isn’t serving alcohol to a pregnant woman like serving alcohol [...]

When a Deal Isn’t a Deal

Dear Short Answers: My wife and I have 2 children (4 and 6). The older child is starting first grade next week. We had decided years ago that we were only going to have 2 children and, as far as I’m concerned, that’s still the right decision. The problem is that my wife is starting [...]

Not Your Sister’s Keeper

Dear Short Answers: A woman where I work is expecting a baby in a couple of months and is planning to take the maximum amount of paid maternity leave – which I think is 12 weeks. Because of the way the system works, she has to agree to return to work in order to get [...]

Contract Baby?

Dear Short Answers: My parents have always wanted grandchildren and have been pressuring me and my husband to have kids ever since we got married (which was 8 years ago). Frankly, I’d be happy to have kids but I don’t think we can afford it. Would it be wrong to tell my parents that we’ll [...]

The Biggest Amateur Game in Town

Dear Short Answers: I am expecting a baby in September and have become very concerned about my husband’s ability to take care of a newborn.  He’s clumsy and absent-minded and he couldn’t even take care of our dog.  He would forget to walk her and forget to feed her and was constantly stepping on her.  [...]

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