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PARENTING: Nice restaurants not etiquette training grounds

posted: 07/27/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A couple of weeks ago The Wall Street Journal published a story with advice from New York chef Daniel Eddy on how to have a mutually successful experience with a young child in an upscale restaurant. The newspaper obviously thinks that being a chef qualifies one as an expert on the subject. It seems to me, however, that a waitperson would have the better perspective.

Not quite retired

posted: 07/27/2016 1:51 a.m. Discuss

After a long nursing career, Gerry Bradley, 82, still needed to supplement her retirement income. So she tried different freelance jobs before settling on DogVacay. Now she's a sought-after sitter who specializes in special needs dogs.

CREATURE FEATURE

posted: 07/27/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

We do small-dog fostering for a local pound and we currently have a 1-year-old Chiweenie. We've had her almost a week. The issue is crating her. If we crate her at night, she has a screaming fit. To get some sleep, we finally gave up and let her out of her crate. She's happy and sleeping with us. But when we both leave, we crate her -- we're afraid of what the house will look like if we leave her running loose. She really, really, really hates the crate. We put toys in the box for her, but every time we leave her, she howls and urinates in it. Do you have any suggestions?

SHARON RANDALL: Oh, Lord, why did I forget the knocking?

posted: 07/27/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

I wrote a column last week in which I addressed the question, "What's this world coming to?"

MONEY MATTERS

posted: 07/27/2016 1:49 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: When I was in high school, my mother -- swearing me to secrecy -- revealed that she was planning to divorce my father and that she had begun siphoning some of their money into a bank account in her sister's name. She told me this because, she said, she needed to talk to someone, and I was the only person she could trust. Well, after I finished college, my parents filed for divorce, and it has become increasingly acrimonious. Their main battle is over money, and I feel uncomfortable knowing that my mother has this secret stash that should be included in their settlement. What should I do?

EX-ETIQUETTE

posted: 07/27/2016 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Q After dating nearly two years, my fiance and I are engaged to be married this month. He has two adult bonus children from a prior marriage. He continues to be active in their lives and a great friend to his ex-wife, although she initiated the divorce five years ago. My fiance told me that his ex-wife refuses to meet me, and tonight I also learned that his bonus daughter wants to come to our wedding, even though I have not met her, either. I can't help feeling she is being sent as a "spy." What's good ex-etiquette?

Helpful Hints

posted: 07/20/2016 1:59 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: I love black olives and eat them regularly. However, there are occasions when I don't need the entire can and want to save the remaining olives. What is the best way to save them?

Five are doing just fine

posted: 07/20/2016 1:56 a.m. Discuss

WAKE FOREST, N.C. -- Within minutes in the early hours of July 7, 1998, Emery, Grace, Ellie, Maggie and Martin Miller entered the world, becoming the only surviving quintuplets to be born in North Carolina.

SHARON RANDALL: Placing faith in the hope of others

posted: 07/20/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

What's this world coming to?

CREATURE FEATURE

posted: 07/20/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

We love to take pictures of our rescued hound, Ginger, but we're not very good at it. Any tips? She's really a cutie pie.

PARENTING: 'Because I said so' works, if parents would use it

posted: 07/20/2016 1:49 a.m. Discuss

One of the more powerful parenting memes to emerge from the parenting revolution of the late '60s and early '70s was "children deserve reasons." To a large degree, that was a reaction to the previous parental policy of answering "why?" and "why not?" with "because I said so."

MONEY MATTERS

posted: 07/20/2016 1:48 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: According to my elderly father's will, when he dies everything he owns becomes part of his estate, which is to be divided into thirds, and whatever items in his house my two brothers or I would like to have, we'll need to negotiate with one another for. I don't think this is fair.

EX-ETIQUETTE

posted: 07/20/2016 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Q It seems every chance my ex gets he's telling my son what a terrible person I am. I had an affair and we broke up. It has gotten to the point where my son refuses to see him, and of course my ex thinks I'm the one putting our son up to it. I swear I am not, and I don't know how to get it through to his father that the badmouthing is hurting our son. How do I get him to stop? What's good ex etiquette?

MEET THE MILLERS

posted: 07/20/2016 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Get to know the quintuplets, in the order they were born.

Family: Touch-and-go to just going

posted: 07/19/2016 11:02 a.m. Discuss

On July 7, 1998, Emery, Grace, Ellie, Maggie and Martin Miller entered the world in North Carolina. Born prematurely at 29 weeks and six days, the quintuplets ranged in weight from 1 pound, 15.5 ounces (Maggie) to 2 pounds, 9 ounces (Emery).

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