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Kindred memories

posted: 01/28/2015 2 a.m. Discuss

Anna Lancaster was about 18 when she sat down with her grandmother, an audiocassette tape recorder between them, and asked all the questions she could think of.

Creature Feature

posted: 01/28/2015 1:59 a.m. Discuss

I want to ask you about sibling rivalry between two rescued animals -- a cat and a beagle mix I got about two weeks ago. The dog is so jealous of the cat. When he was at the rescue place, he did not chase or bug the cats.

SHARON RANDALL: Travails fail to conquer brother

posted: 01/28/2015 1:59 a.m. Discuss

From the start, I sensed something special about him. I didn't know he was blind and suffered from cerebral palsy.

PARENTING: 'Special place' throws wet blanket on tantrums

posted: 01/28/2015 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Q How do you stop tantrums in a 3-year-old? My daughter never went through the "terrible twos," but began throwing wild tantrums shortly after her third birthday. This coincided with the birth of a sibling, a boy, but she's very affectionate and helpful toward him, so I don't know if there's any connection. I've tried everything I can think of to prevent and stop the tantrums -- things I've seen recommended in various places -- but nothing has worked. She throws one whenever she doesn't get her way. Help!


posted: 01/28/2015 1:57 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: I recently bought a nice used Toyota Camry. It has a few small nicks and dings, but basically the car looks great, and I love it. Last week, my friend "Kayla" put a noticeable scratch on the driver's door while parking next to my car in the driveway. The problem is, fixing the scratch requires repainting the entire door, and that costs a lot of money. Kayla has insurance, but she doesn't want the accident to go on her record, so she's really hoping I'll let this go. I can understand what she's thinking: It's a used car; the door was not in mint condition before she hit it; and one more scratch doesn't matter. But it matters to me. Because of its size and location, I see the scratch every time I get into the car, and I want her to fix it. Am I being unreasonable?


posted: 01/28/2015 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Q About a year ago I was offered a job in another state. Prior to that I had equal custody of my kids and saw them three or four times a week. My ex's new husband was great, and we were pretty friendly -- both coaching the kids' Little League games, but once I left he completely took over. Now no one tells me when the games are, no one tells me when there are school conferences or when the kids go to the doctor. When I lived there, I talked to the teachers and doctors all the time. It's very frustrating! I'm always fighting with their mother and stepfather. What's good ex-etiquette?

Keeping a record of family history

posted: 01/27/2015 11:05 a.m. Discuss

Anna Lancaster was about 18 when she sat down with her grandmother, an audiocassette tape recorder between them, and asked all the questions she could think of.

Table for two and a tot

posted: 01/21/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

I remember so vividly the first time my wife and I took our baby daughter to dinner at a restaurant, because nothing happened.

Creature Feature

posted: 01/21/2015 1:51 a.m. Discuss

My dog loves her crate and will take naps in it. My sister has a cat and bought a crate so she could put her cat in it for trips to the vet, but she hasn't had any luck getting Mimsy to use it. Mimsy is a smart cat and I told my sister I think cats can be crate-trained, but I don't know how to go about it. Any ideas?

SHARON RANDALL: Nana's toughest job? Waiting

posted: 01/21/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Nana duty is not for sissies. It requires you to do things you once did as a mother: feeding, tending and cleaning up after little people who seem to think they own your soul simply because, for some reason, you love them more than life.

Parenting: Monthly $100 a lesson in freedom, responsibility

posted: 01/21/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Teenagers are highly motivated by any opportunity to expand their freedom. More freedom is, in fact, THE MOST POWERFUL OF ALL MOTIVATORS for teens. I wouldn't have put it in capitals if it wasn't.


posted: 01/21/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: I'm a certified public accountant, and every year I prepare my siblings' and their spouses' tax returns. I don't charge them for the work I do, even though some of their returns are complicated and the paperwork they provide me with often is a mess. While I'm OK with preparing returns for my two siblings who don't earn much, I don't see why I should be preparing them for the one who in recent years has been making tons of money. Shouldn't she and her husband at least be offering to pay me?


posted: 01/21/2015 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Q My ex-husband has asked to have our four kids on an overnight that should be during the weekend they spend with me. I have agreed because he has done the same for me. He has told me that during this time that he and his new much-younger girlfriend are planning on hosting our 6-year-old's soccer team party. Since we both attend the games, many of the team mothers, who are my friends, have asked if I will be attending. It appears they have received formal invitations, and I have not. I don't want to put my kids in the middle of what may be an uncomfortable situation. What is the proper ex-etiquette in this situation?

Eating out, family style

posted: 01/20/2015 11:03 a.m. Comment 1

When it comes to the issue of kids in restaurants, Ian Froeb considers himself a bit of an expert. As a parent (of a 15-month-old) and a professional restaurant critic, he has been there, done that.


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