Math Joke?

Dear Short Answers: What’s the difference between the quadratic parent function and the linear parent function? Dan Dear Dan: A quadratic parent function is defined by the intense and often contradictory energy given off by two parents and two step-parents. A linear parent function is one opinionated mama sounding off. Like Unlike

The Ties that Bind

Dear Short Answers: I hate my step-dad.  My mom and him always fight anyways.  Can I ask her to get a divorce already? They’ve been married for 8 years now and it’s been nothing but fighting and him becoming more drunk and fat and stupid. I just want my mom to be happy, but I [...]

Double Trouble

Dear Short Answers: I married someone with a dysfunctional teen who is now 20 years old, living at home and doing nothing. Because the biological mom is mentally ill and my husband travels, I have been the only one available to deal with her problems. Last year, she was arrested and spent a few nights [...]

Home Improvement

Dear ShortAnswers: For Christmas, my dad’s girlfriend gave me a “memory box” that commemorates my deceased mother. I said thank you, but must I hang it on my wall? And is this just a conflict of taste, or did she overstep with this gift? Gifted Dear Gifted: If you don’t like it, then don’t hang [...]