Hang in…

Dear Short Answers: I have long expected that my son was gay but I always assumed that he would tell me when he was ready. But recently, I ran into the parents of one of his classmates at the grocery store and they casually mentioned how wonderful it was that MY son is dating THEIR [...]

Try Again

Dear Short Answers: I have never gotten along very well with my in-laws even though I try as hard as I possibly can. Something always seems to go wrong. So this year my husband has suggested that instead of the family (we have 2 children) spending Christmas Eve at his parents and Christmas Day at [...]

Strings Attached

Dear Short Answers: My niece recently became pregnant and decided to name her baby after me. I was thrilled at first  since we were never really that close but now I realize that along with the “honor,” came a financial expectation.  My niece has asked me if I would buy a carseat, a stroller and [...]

Play with Fire

Dear Short Answers: Is it possible for a “heavy” social drinker and a recovering alcoholic to live together? Pat Dear Pat: Possible? Yes. But we think it’s a bad idea — at best irritating, at worst, dangerous. Like Unlike