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Still in love with in-laws

posted: 08/20/2014 1:59 a.m. Discuss

I've been divorced for three years, and my mother is still hoping it's just a phase.

Creature Feature

posted: 08/20/2014 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Can you offer any tips/advice for leash training a very skittish small dog? He's a stray that we adopted about seven years ago. I don't think he was abused, but I feel he was never properly socialized. He's now to the point where I can actually hold and pet him and even bathe him. I recently placed a collar on him, which, to my surprise, didn't bother him at all.

Sharon Randall: Prepping to speak to tough audience

posted: 08/20/2014 1:50 a.m. Discuss

I get a lot of odd requests. This was the first of its kind.

Parenting: Parents' anxiety is the real potty training problem

posted: 08/20/2014 1:50 a.m. Discuss

On one of my websites I, along with a team of certified parent coaches, answer questions submitted by parents. In the last two days, 67 percent of the questions have concerned toilet training. A 3-year-old is afraid of the potty. A 26-month-old will only use the potty independently if he's not wearing clothes. A 23-month-old seems oblivious to Mom's expectations. And so on.

MONEY MANNERS

posted: 08/20/2014 1:49 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: A good friend's daughter is applying to law school. I've known "Jess" most of her life, and I'm familiar enough with her academic record to know that she's not going to get into a top-tier school. While of course there's no disgrace in this, the unfortunate truth is that these days, graduates of the kind of law school Jess can hope to attend generally have difficulty finding jobs that pay enough to justify the mountain of debt they've accumulated while in law school.

Still love your ex-in-laws?

posted: 08/19/2014 11:08 a.m. Comments 3

“I was a product of a divorce in the ’80s, and any time my parents and extended family were in the room, it was so uncomfortable,” said Linda Perry, a divorce consultant and author of the self-published e-book on mediation A Clearer Path: The Divorce Consultants Complete Guide to Divorce. “But today, my kids — who are products of divorce — find it incredibly easy to be in the same room with my former in-laws and me because my ex and I set the foundation that [it’s] OK for everybody to get along.”

For pets' sake

posted: 08/13/2014 1:58 a.m. Discuss

When our 5-month-old kitten, Jasper, went into kidney failure a few years ago, letting him die wasn't an option. We rushed him to our veterinarian, who drew his blood, X-rayed him and cultured his urine. She told us he might have just a few days to live.

CREATURE FEATURE

posted: 08/13/2014 1:56 a.m. Discuss

My cat always sleeps with me. She doesn't bother me while I'm sleeping except that she wakes me up earlier than I want because she's hungry. She meows and paws at me until I give up and get out of bed and feed her. What can I do to make her stop this and wait until I'm ready to get up?

Sharon Randall: Ouchy! Mom, I take that all back

posted: 08/13/2014 1:55 a.m. Discuss

My mother used to say things just to make me mad. Like most teenagers, I thought I knew everything. And what I didn't know, I didn't want to be told.

Parenting: Small surrenders set stage for years of battles

posted: 08/13/2014 1:55 a.m. Discuss

A mother recently asked me what I would say to my son if he was 12 years old and wanted a mohawk haircut for the summer. I told her I'd say no.

MONEY MANNERS

posted: 08/13/2014 1:54 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: A while back, I repaid a friend the $100 I borrowed from him to cover my share of a birthday party we gave for another friend.

Forking it over for Fido

posted: 08/12/2014 11:06 a.m. Discuss

When our dogs and cats used to get very sick, owners could justify putting them to sleep because it was the only option. In an age of kidney transplants for cats and chemotherapy for dogs, euthanasia has begun to seem like a cruel way out.

State Fair announces main stage entertainment

posted: 08/08/2014 3:18 p.m. Discuss

The Arkansas State Fair announced this year's musical entertainment lineup Friday via social media.

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