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PARENTING: Dumb is the parent whose kid has a smartphone

posted: 06/29/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

Q Our 12-year-old has a smartphone. I know you don't approve, but all -- and I do mean all -- of his friends have them and texting is how they communicate. I don't think, under the circumstances, making him be the odd man out socially is a good idea. So our question: Do we have a right to monitor his phone communications? Some of the parents do, while others don't, feeling that doing so indicates a lack of trust. What do you think?

Suffering in silence

posted: 06/29/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Not here.

CREATURE FEATURE

posted: 06/29/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Here's a grab bag of pet information to ponder as you relax and retreat from the summer heat.

SHARON RANDALL: Dogs can teach us so much about love

posted: 06/29/2016 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Sometimes the best gift is something you never wanted.

MONEY MATTERS

posted: 06/29/2016 1:48 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: A young man noticed that the car in my driveway had a "For Sale" sign on it, and he offered me 100 hours of labor in exchange for my vehicle. I said OK. "Zach's" been working down the hours, and everything's going fine. Recently, though, he's been bringing a helper with him, and now I'm unsure about where things stand between us. Do I count the helper's hours toward the 100 hours Zach agreed to work, or should Zach work the 100 hours himself and pay his helper as he sees fit? And is this my decision or his?

EX-ETIQUETTE

posted: 06/29/2016 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Q I have been divorced for about two years, and I share custody of my three kids: ages 8, 12 and 17. My ex has a very strong personality and I am often intimidated into silence when he's around. When we were together he was rarely home. I did everything. All of a sudden, he's "Father of the Year" with creative energy to spare and I feel overwhelmed and inadequate. So, after almost 20 years, I have decided to abandon my soccer mom role, sell the minivan and let him take over. I want to be a great mom, but I feel like I'm tripping over myself. I'm worried I'm letting the kids down, which overwhelms me even more. I don't know what to do. What's good ex-etiquette?

Keeping up with the Kendricks

posted: 06/22/2016 1:48 a.m. Discuss

The Kendrick family traded their 3,000-square-foot Melissa home for a 30-foot camper for a year, and visited every state in the lower 48, parts of Canada and Mexico. They outran hurricanes, survived low temperatures -- and potty-trained the youngest of their nine children.

CREATURE FEATURE

posted: 06/22/2016 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Summertime in Arkansas and the mosquitoes are buzzing. They're buzzing and biting -- people and pets. With that in mind, it seems an opportune time to revisit the mosquito-transmitted disease that can create serious health problems for our pets.

SHARON RANDALL: Nightmare of a flight turns into fine dream

posted: 06/22/2016 1:47 a.m. Discuss

The announcement came as no surprise: The flight to Las Vegas was completely full and all carry-on bags for passengers in the last two boarding groups would need to be checked.

PARENTING: Parents' goal: Responsible, compassionate kids

posted: 06/22/2016 1:45 a.m. Discuss

I recently enjoyed the privilege of seeing and hearing radio talk-show host Dennis Prager speak on the topic of happiness. He only spoke for 20 minutes, but said more in that short span than most talk-show people are able to say in two hours.

MONEY MATTERS

posted: 06/22/2016 1:44 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: My wife and I arranged with another couple to rent a house on Cape Cod for a week in July, a house large enough to accommodate both couples and all of our children. The cost of the rental is $2,000, and each couple kicked in $500 toward the nonrefundable deposit. The remaining $1,000 is due next week, and here's what's happening: The other couple owns a liquor store, and the manager and a clerk just quit, so they need to stay home and tend the store. Unfortunately, neither we nor they have been able to find another family to take their place on such short notice. Nevertheless, our friends feel they shouldn't have to pay the additional $500 they owe for the rental just so, as they put it, our family can have the place to ourselves. Well, my wife and I feel we shouldn't have to pay $1,500 in rent when each couple had agreed to pay $1,000. Who's right?

EX-ETIQUETTE

posted: 06/22/2016 1:43 a.m. Discuss

Q My ex married a surgeon and now has a ton of money. Her husband buys my kid "new" everything and I just can't compete. My son is constantly talking about him. I'm afraid my son would rather be with him instead of me because there's so much more stuff over there and it's just plain more fun. What's good ex-etiquette?

Family: On the road

posted: 06/21/2016 11:12 a.m. Discuss

The Kendrick family — Bruce, Denise and eight of their nine children — drove 25,000 miles in one year, visiting every state in the lower 48 and parts of Canada and Mexico.

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