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Taming toddler tantrums

posted: 04/16/2014 2:49 a.m. Discuss

Joan Barnes knows the last few minutes before 4-year-old Brody’s computer time ends are the quiet before the storm.

Creature feature

posted: 04/16/2014 2:47 a.m. Discuss

A stray cat adopted our garage and a week later she had four kittens. I am worried about their eyes. One kitten has both eyes open and the other kittens have only one eye open. Do I need to do anything or is this normal?

Traveling lighter, but hang on to Tupperware

posted: 04/16/2014 2:44 a.m. Discuss

Years ago, I had a stunning realization that has served me well in all my seasons since.

PARENTING: Son’s withdrawal likely tied to video game use

posted: 04/16/2014 2:43 a.m. Discuss

Q Our 14-year-old son seems depressed — to us, at least. His principal sees no sign of depression but thinks he’s socially anxious. The subjects of counseling and medication have come up. We have suggested to him that he get more exercise and spend less time playing video games and watching TV, but he says he hates sports.


posted: 04/16/2014 2:43 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: How can we save our mother from a con man? Mom’s in her mid-80 s and very capable, but she’s fallen under the sway of a clever scam artist, who has tricked her into believing he’s her friend. We’ve contacted the district attorney’s office, and they agree that he’s a crook. However, they say they can’t do anything until a crime has actually been committed.


posted: 04/16/2014 2:41 a.m. Discuss

Q My ex and I were together for two years. We lived with my parents and she has been working for my father managing his office and upgrading his website. We had a horrible fight, which was all her fault, and she moved out last week.

Family: Tackling tiny tots' big tantrums

posted: 04/15/2014 11:28 a.m. Discuss

Joan Barnes knows the last few minutes before 4-year-old Brody’s computer time ends are the quiet before the storm.

Young wig wizard

posted: 04/09/2014 2:40 a.m. Discuss

Rob Pickens admits he gets a bit attached to the wigs.

Creature feature

posted: 04/09/2014 2:38 a.m. Discuss

I read your column about pet rabbits, and it reminded me about the wild baby rabbits we found in our yard last year. We found the nest of baby bunnies in the grass on one side of our house.

Making a friend 6 miles in the air

posted: 04/09/2014 2:36 a.m. Discuss

Call me old-fashioned or just plain old, but one of the things I like about airline travel is being required to shut off cell phones — no talking, texting, emailing, Facebooking or whatevering for the duration of the flight.

PARENTING: Kid likes to argue? Lay down the law, walk away

posted: 04/09/2014 2:35 a.m. Discuss

Q My 14-year-old daughter says I don’t trust her because, unlike her best friend’s parents, I won’t allow her to stay home alone for several days while I go out of town.


posted: 04/09/2014 2:34 a.m. Discuss

Q I wanted to revisit your advice against co-sleeping with your child after divorce. You have said you don’t advise it. A month after my ex and I broke up I found out I was three months pregnant. I am breast feeding and it’s just so much easier to cosleep while breast feeding.


posted: 04/09/2014 2:33 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: Get this: A friend and I often meet for lunch and always ask the server to split the bill. Yesterday, I happened to see my friend’s credit card receipt, and I noticed he’d left a huge tip. Since the service hadn’t been anything special, I asked why. His answer? That I “tip light” and he always tries to make up for it. I was dumbfounded. I’m not a cheapskate; I’m just not the extravagant, 20 percent tipper he is. What should I do?

Family: Wowed by wigs

posted: 04/08/2014 11:30 a.m. Discuss

Rob Pickens admits he gets a bit attached to the wigs.


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