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PARENTING: Things to look for when picking a child's school

posted: 08/24/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Q We are looking for a private school for our 4-year-old. Regardless of the school we ultimately choose, we want to keep him there through eighth grade at least. We live in a suburban area so we have a lot of options to choose from. Our son is intelligent, creative and very imaginative. Do you have a recommendation?

Frugal family

posted: 08/24/2016 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Sam Fatzinger prowls the aisles of an Aldi grocery store with an engineer's precision. Workers greet her, mostly by name.

Creature Feature

posted: 08/24/2016 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Why is it important for my dog to have blood tests during his annual exam? Why does he need a blood test even when he's obviously healthy?

SHARON RANDALL: Brother's blind, not in need of prying sis

posted: 08/24/2016 1:48 a.m. Discuss

I got in big trouble with my brother last week. He says I messed in his business without permission. If I'd asked him for permission, he'd have said no.


posted: 08/24/2016 1:46 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: I recently overheard my nice, 30-something dental hygienist telling another patient about the investments she and her husband are making as they save to buy a house. I know something about investing, and from what she said, I could tell that these two have no idea how risky these investments are and what high fees are hidden in them. Should I say something?


posted: 08/24/2016 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Q My boyfriend has a 2-year-old child, and I have no children of my own. Things started off wonderfully. She visits every Sunday and every other weekend she spends the night Saturday to Sunday. I love his child very much but there are sometimes I do not want her around. She can be very defiant and frustrating and insists on sleeping in our room. This makes me mad at her because I feel like it interrupts intimate time that my boyfriend and I could be having if she wasn't there. During the week, we have very little time for ourselves. I've been getting upset when he gives in to her demands and I want nothing to do with his horrible ex. I feel like a monster and I don't know how to stop these feelings of frustration and resentment toward the ex and our child.

PARENTING: Car that does the thinking a bad choice for teens

posted: 08/17/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A writer for American Way thinks his teenage daughter, who has already hit three solid objects with her car -- thankfully, no humans or other moving vehicles included -- would do better with a car that comes equipped with blind-spot/lane-change alert (which notifies the driver when another vehicle is approaching on each side), lane assist (which gently guides the car, if it begins to drift, back into the proper lane), backup camera display, backup alerts, pedestrian sensor, automatic braking, and a radio that won't come on unless everyone is buckled in. Said auto also has a computer program that monitors a teenage driver's performance, and can be activated without a teen's knowledge.

Rage over age

posted: 08/17/2016 1:48 a.m. Discuss

By and large, Dale Kleber had a pretty straightforward trip up the economic ladder. He went to law school and worked his way up to general counsel of a major food distributor in Chicago and then chief executive of a dairy trade organization. He is putting his third and fourth kids through private college.

Creature Feature

posted: 08/17/2016 1:46 a.m. Discuss

We had a stray cat adopt us recently. When cleaning her up, we noticed she had a sore place on her skin that she had been biting and licking. We washed it and saw right away there was something weird. It was a bump with a hole on it and it looked like there was something in the hole under the skin. Long story short, we took the cat to the veterinarian and he pulled a bug out of her skin. He said it was a cuterebra and we were lucky we didn't try to pull it out ourselves. The cat is fine and the sore is healing. Can you tell us more about the bug and warn people about it?

SHARON RANDALL: Kindness, caregiving make best medicines

posted: 08/17/2016 1:45 a.m. Discuss

Nothing gives me hope or affirms my belief in God more than the boundless human capacity to care for one another.


posted: 08/17/2016 1:44 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: My nephew, who recently graduated from college, has started a service that helps people set up and maintain their computer systems and other home electronics equipment. To help him out, I went door to door in my neighborhood passing out fliers. "Luke's" gotten a good response, and his business is doing well, but here's the problem: Neighbors who have hired him keep asking me when he plans to finish the projects he has begun for them. Since I don't know his schedule, I encourage them to contact Luke directly. But even after I do, they continue to ask. What's a nice way to get these folks to stop? I'm not in business with my nephew; I just helped him get started.




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