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Later, not sooner

posted: 02/10/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

The characters of Maurice Sendak may live in the imaginations of children around the world, but many of those characters were born in a wooded residential neighborhood on the outskirts of this small town, in a rambling shingle house where Sendak lived and worked beginning in the early 1970s.

Creature Feature

posted: 02/10/2016 1:48 a.m. Discuss

My Yorkie is 13 years old. I began noticing a couple of months ago that sometimes her bed would have a wet spot in it. I thought she might be drooling in her sleep. Then after she napped on the couch, I saw a small damp spot. I could keep her off the couch, but she's my baby (even though she's old) and I don't want to. I put a towel on the couch for her. After that, I figured out she wasn't drooling, but was urinating a little bit while asleep. Is that normal?

Sharon Randall: New start attributed to readers

posted: 02/10/2016 1:48 a.m. Discuss

I was standing at the sink peeling shrimp for dinner (and thinking how I like to eat shrimp more than I like to peel them) when I had a revelation.

Parenting: Confiscate games, phone to wake up sleepy son

posted: 02/10/2016 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Q We would like to limit our 16-year-old son's video game and cellphone time. We think homework should come first and then free time. He wants to relax with his video game and phone after school, which frequently results in homework not being done before he must attend a two-hour team practice at 7 p.m. That means he's not done with homework until around midnight and struggles the next morning to get out of bed. What is a fair requirement concerning his electronics or an appropriate punishment if he cannot get up in the morning and be ready on time?

Money Manners

posted: 02/10/2016 1:46 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: My alma mater recently launched a major fundraising campaign, to which I agreed to make a substantial bequest. In response, the president of the university wrote me a very nice thank-you letter. Included with his letter, however, was a document that clearly came from my file in the Development Office, a document that had been enclosed by mistake. Among other things, this enclosure contained an actuarial projection of my life expectancy (i.e., it indicated the number of years the university expected to have to wait before receiving its inheritance from me). I realize why the Development Office would want to estimate when particular bequests are likely to arrive, and I was amused, not offended, by the enclosure. All the same, I would have preferred not to know that my beloved alma mater has in mind a specific date by which they expect me to expire. Should I let the Development Office know that this mistake occurred? I don't want to get anyone in trouble.

Ex-etiquette

posted: 02/10/2016 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Q I lived with a woman for four years. Loved her more than anything, but was attracted to someone else I lived with even before her and made the mistake of going with the attraction. I ended up moving in with Ex No. 1, and have kicked myself ever since. We are still together, but have never married. I have heard through friends that Ex No. 2 is now single. Our day was always Valentine's Day, and I'm wondering if it would be a good idea to contact her to say hello and sort of test the waters. I'm afraid you are going to say that's not good ex-etiquette. Am I right?

Family: Where the wild things aren’t

posted: 02/09/2016 11:15 a.m. Discuss

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — The characters of Maurice Sendak may live in the imaginations of children around the world, but many of those characters were born in a wooded residential neighborhood on the outskirts of Ridgefield in a rambling shingle house where Sendak lived and worked beginning in the early 1970s.

Moving pictures

posted: 02/03/2016 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Though you won't see most of these films nominated in the Best Picture category at the Oscars, we think these movies -- featuring animal adventures, space survival, superheroes and speaking up -- are the best of 2015 for kids, teens and families. They entertained us, made us think and gave us plenty to talk about. At the same time, they offered up worthwhile messages, positive role models and beautiful images that linger long after the credits roll.

Parenting: 'Huge' tantrum just part of normal toddlerhood

posted: 02/03/2016 1:45 a.m. Discuss

Q Our 3-year-old son is very sweet, loving and generally well-behaved. Occasionally, however, he breaks into a huge tantrum during which he becomes uncontrollable. The word "possessed" comes to mind. He will suddenly snap from being sweet to being a demon and then back to being sweet and loving again. These tantrums don't occur very often, but when they do, they are frightening. We try to be consistent with our discipline but are at a complete loss where this is concerned. I've heard that young children can be bipolar. Is that a possibility? In any case, can you shed some light on this for us?

Creature Feature

posted: 02/03/2016 1:44 a.m. Discuss

I've had cats all of my life. I recently got a one-half Ragdoll and one-half Persian. She was close to 8 weeks old when I got her. She, of course, is fabulous. I also have a Ragamuffin, Muffie, who is 11/2 years old. She is perfect. Problem: I can't get my new kitty, Skittles, to use the litter box. I've talked to vets, done research on the Internet, etc. She will go on newspaper; therefore, I believe she was never litter-box trained and the sellers may have just used newspapers. I've tried getting her own litter box, tried placing her in Muffie's litter box, no luck. Any suggestions?

Money Manners

posted: 02/03/2016 1:43 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: A friend recently bought me a coffee drink at Starbucks, which was very nice of her. But I noticed she didn't leave a tip for the barista. Under the circumstances, would it have been OK for me to put something in the tip jar myself? I wound up doing nothing, but I felt bad about it.

Ex-Etiquette

posted: 02/03/2016 1:43 a.m. Discuss

Q My ex and I live in a small town and we used to ride motorcycles on the weekends with a group of his friends and their wives. I love to ride and have my own bike. These people are now my best friends and now that my ex and I have broken up I have no one to ride with. It's really gotten me down. Recently a couple of the guys invited me to go on a weekend Harley Run with them -- not with my ex. I'm really excited, but I'm wondering if this is good ex-etiquette.

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