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New teacher welcomes new pupils to ‘Day One’

posted: 08/27/2014 1:51 a.m. Discuss

The rising sun illuminates a rainbow arched over Interstate 630 as Laura Hope drives to Forest Heights STEM Academy on the first day of her new 5:30 a.m. routine.

Creature feature

posted: 08/27/2014 1:49 a.m. Discuss

My dog's paws are rough and dry, kind of hard. We go for a walk every day, most of the time on concrete sidewalk or on the street. Sometimes we go to the park. Banjo's paws (he's some kind of hound dog mix, really funny but cute) will crack sometimes. Should I do something about this? Doesn't seem to slow him down, but do I need to put a moisturizer on his paw or worry about the cracks? I want to start taking him jogging with me.

Sharon Randall: It's good to talk of family monkeys

posted: 08/27/2014 1:49 a.m. Discuss

My sister and I don't see each other often. She lives in South Carolina, in a town where we grew up in a big, crazy family, not much crazier than most.

Parenting: 5-year-old's 'touching' of girl cousin must stop

posted: 08/27/2014 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Q Our 5-year-old grandson sees his 5-year-old female first cousin from time to time. After they play for a while, he tells her he wants to "touch" her. This has happened twice in recent months. Her parents are very upset, but our grandson's parents read lots of parenting books and seem to think it's no big deal. Your thoughts on this matter?

MONEY MANNERS

posted: 08/27/2014 1:48 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: Our son, who's in college, is dating another student, a girl who comes from a poor family. "Maria" is smart, funny and ambitious, and we like her a lot. We look for opportunities to treat our son and Maria when we see them, but we'd like to do more for Maria than take her out for nice meals once in a while and give her birthday and holiday presents. In particular, we'd like to help with some of her college expenses (her scholarship doesn't cover everything).

Good morning, class

posted: 08/26/2014 11:08 a.m. Comment 1

The rising sun illuminates a rainbow arched over Interstate 630 as 23-year-old Laura Hope drives to Forest Heights Middle School on the first day of her new life as a first-grade teacher.

Still in love with in-laws

posted: 08/20/2014 1:59 a.m. Discuss

I've been divorced for three years, and my mother is still hoping it's just a phase.

Creature Feature

posted: 08/20/2014 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Can you offer any tips/advice for leash training a very skittish small dog? He's a stray that we adopted about seven years ago. I don't think he was abused, but I feel he was never properly socialized. He's now to the point where I can actually hold and pet him and even bathe him. I recently placed a collar on him, which, to my surprise, didn't bother him at all.

Sharon Randall: Prepping to speak to tough audience

posted: 08/20/2014 1:50 a.m. Discuss

I get a lot of odd requests. This was the first of its kind.

Parenting: Parents' anxiety is the real potty training problem

posted: 08/20/2014 1:50 a.m. Discuss

On one of my websites I, along with a team of certified parent coaches, answer questions submitted by parents. In the last two days, 67 percent of the questions have concerned toilet training. A 3-year-old is afraid of the potty. A 26-month-old will only use the potty independently if he's not wearing clothes. A 23-month-old seems oblivious to Mom's expectations. And so on.

MONEY MANNERS

posted: 08/20/2014 1:49 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: A good friend's daughter is applying to law school. I've known "Jess" most of her life, and I'm familiar enough with her academic record to know that she's not going to get into a top-tier school. While of course there's no disgrace in this, the unfortunate truth is that these days, graduates of the kind of law school Jess can hope to attend generally have difficulty finding jobs that pay enough to justify the mountain of debt they've accumulated while in law school.

Still love your ex-in-laws?

posted: 08/19/2014 11:08 a.m. Comments 3

“I was a product of a divorce in the ’80s, and any time my parents and extended family were in the room, it was so uncomfortable,” said Linda Perry, a divorce consultant and author of the self-published e-book on mediation A Clearer Path: The Divorce Consultants Complete Guide to Divorce. “But today, my kids — who are products of divorce — find it incredibly easy to be in the same room with my former in-laws and me because my ex and I set the foundation that [it’s] OK for everybody to get along.”

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