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Family: In the middle

posted: 09/02/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

The life of a middle school student can be fraught with hormones and quests for independence.

Creature feature

posted: 09/02/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

I'm sure you get this question a lot, but I want to know more about chocolate and dogs. My Labrador ate a couple of Hershey's Kisses so I called the veterinarian and he said to watch her but such a little amount of chocolate wouldn't hurt her. She weighs 80 pounds. He also said milk chocolate isn't as bad as dark chocolate, but just to be safe and keep her out of all chocolate. I'm curious now about why some chocolate is OK and some isn't.

Sharon Randall: Bear hugs across the ages hold on tightly

posted: 09/02/2015 1:49 a.m. Discuss

When someone walks into your life, a story begins. Pay attention. Who knows where it will go or how it will end?

Parenting: Overindulged child has everything but happiness

posted: 09/02/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Q A father tells me that he tries to give his son, age 5 and an only child, everything he wants because he wants his son to be happy. But he's not. He's petulant, moody, often sullen and is having problems getting along with other children. Furthermore, he doesn't seem to appreciate anything his parents do for him. He's very demanding but not at all thankful for the riches that have been bestowed on him. Oh, and one more thing: he generally ignores his parents when they speak to him.

Money Manners

posted: 09/02/2015 1:44 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: I have found an idyllic retirement community, one that has all the amenities I care about. However, it requires a buy-in, and I've heard that buy-ins are a bad thing for your heirs. While I want to leave money to my kids, I like this place a lot and really want to move there. Would doing so be unfair to my children?

Ex-Etiquette

posted: 09/02/2015 1:43 a.m. Discuss

Q After being married for a year I found out my husband was further in debt than he confided prior to our marriage. I now understand why he never wanted to buy a house -- he's hundreds of thousands in debt. If he had been honest I would have married him anyway, just would have waited until his finances were more in order. I couldn't take it, and I moved out last month. He calls me constantly. What's good ex-etiquette?

Roll on

posted: 08/26/2015 2:45 a.m. Discuss

It's just before 11 p.m. when neighbors come out to investigate the noise. On Donaghey Drive in North Little Rock, teenagers are flinging dozens of rolls of toilet paper through the sky, the ragged paper hooking leaves and limbs before plummeting to the ground.

Creature feature

posted: 08/26/2015 2:39 a.m. Discuss

My cat likes to sit on a bookcase where he looks out the window. Sometimes he starts making funny sounds like chirping and it kind of looks like his teeth are chattering. Why does he do this?

Money Manners

posted: 08/26/2015 2:39 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: Since my roommate's boyfriend spends at least five nights a week in our apartment, shouldn't he be paying some of the rent?

Parenting: Attachment parenting babble not science based

posted: 08/26/2015 2:37 a.m. Discuss

In a recent column, I referred to "attachment parenting babble," which is to say, I called a spade a spade.

Ex Etiquette

posted: 08/26/2015 2:36 a.m. Discuss

I have been going through a divorce for four years. There's a lot of financial stuff and my ex is dragging his feet, so I've moved on to another relationship. My ex is demanding that my children not be around my boyfriend.

Sharon Randall: Nanas (and others) pray kids take life one day at a time

posted: 08/26/2015 2:35 a.m. Discuss

When my phone rang, I lit up like Christmas. "Hey, school boy!" I said, "How was your first day of school?"

Family: North Little Rock tradition

posted: 08/25/2015 11:28 a.m. Discuss

Since the early ’90s, North Little Rock High School seniors have welcomed the incoming junior class by adorning students' front lawns, bushes and trees with toilet paper, signs and spray-painted junk.

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