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PARENTING: Doctor visit outbursts 'cured' by denial therapy

posted: 09/28/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Q Over the past year or so, our 5-year-old has developed an extreme fear of going to the doctor or dentist. This came on suddenly, without a precipitating incident. The crying begins when we arrive at the appointment. When the doctor or nurse tries to examine him, he goes bonkers -- screaming, hitting, kicking. He has to be held down for something as simple as looking in his ears. Otherwise, he's a normal little boy, occasionally disobedient, but nothing at all serious. This last time I decided to punish him by not giving him what I'd promised if he was good and sending him to his room when we got back home. Is this something I should treat as any other behavior problem? I'm really confused.

Furry stress relievers

posted: 09/28/2016 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Wayne Pacelle has a demanding job as president and chief executive officer of the Humane Society of the United States.

SHARON RANDALL: Important things will get done, rest won't

posted: 09/28/2016 1:47 a.m. Discuss

If you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plans.

Creature Feature

posted: 09/28/2016 1:46 a.m. Discuss

A dog on our block is outside in his yard a lot and he barks all the time. My wife said he barks because he's bored and she can tell because it's a slow, steady bark. I don't doubt her. She also said dogs have a lot of different sounding barks that mean other things. What are some other kinds of barks?

MONEY MATTERS

posted: 09/28/2016 1:44 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: My sister, who has always made life choices that are detrimental to her financial well-being, lives on Social Security and has no assets to speak of. Still, she's determined to buy a house.

EX-ETIQUETTE

posted: 09/28/2016 1:43 a.m. Discuss

Q My son and his wife of 10 years divorced two years ago. His ex-wife had three sons from a previous relationship who are now well into adulthood and going to college. When they were married we considered her sons to be our grandsons. We celebrated Christmas and birthdays together and have always offered them the same presents as our biological grandchildren. On a regular basis, I send them presents, even checks for tuition, but I haven't heard from any of them in over a year. They cash the checks, but no thank you, no phone calls, nothing. It's hurtful because we were quite sincere in our affection for them. Do we continue to treat them as grandchildren? What's good ex-etiquette?

PARENTING: Parents who help with homework score poorly

posted: 09/21/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A second-grade teacher in Texas has caused quite a stir among her colleagues and constituents, and -- because her educational incorrectness was covered by national media -- across the country. Her claim to 15 minutes of fame? Citing research purporting to show that homework does not improve overall achievement, the teacher announced to the parents of her incoming students that she will not assign homework this year.

Torpedoed by twins

posted: 09/21/2016 1:47 a.m. Discuss

It’s not unusual for young mother Danesha Couch to vacuum her living room three times a day. She’s constantly changing diapers, heating up bottles and making sure her children are safe and comfortable. With a set of twins born in June, she’s twice as busy as a typical new mother.

SHARON RANDALL: Easing the hurt of too many sad goodbyes

posted: 09/21/2016 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Some things get easier with practice, but saying goodbye just keeps getting harder.

MONEY MATTERS

posted: 09/21/2016 1:45 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: When my granddaughter was studying to be a physician's assistant, she asked me to co-sign her school loan. After a long discussion with "Emily" about her ability to repay the $30,000, I agreed to co-sign. Long story short, she graduated two years ago and found a well-paying job, but quit six months later and hasn't found another one. Meanwhile, Emily has made only a couple of payments on her loan. So to protect my credit rating, I've had to make the payments, which is a hardship for me. I've explained this to Emily, but she refuses to discuss the situation or acknowledge that she has any obligation to either the lender or me. Any advice?

EX-ETIQUETTE

posted: 09/21/2016 1:45 a.m. Discuss

Q I divorced five years ago after 26 years of marriage. I took my husband's last name, and we have three children (now grown). I kept my married name after the divorce to have the same name as my children and because that was the name I eventually became known by professionally. Now I am getting married to a man who has been married three times before. I really don't want to just take his name and be "the fourth Mrs. P." I am considering changing my name to a hyphenation of my maiden name with his surname ... and he is even considering changing his name to that as well. The hyphenated name is 18 characters, including the hyphen. I'm wondering about the practical and social ramifications of this name change, for both of us. What's good ex-etiquette?

Family: Mother of three sets of twins (all under 3) still in control

posted: 09/20/2016 11:06 a.m. Discuss

Within 26 months, Kansas City, Kan., resident Danesha Couch gave birth to three sets of twins through natural means. She’s the proud mother to Danarius (age 2), Delilah and Davina (age 1) and newborns Darla and Dalanie. (Danarius’ twin, Desmond, died shortly after birth).

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