posted: 12/17/2014 1:47 a.m.
Colleen Baird doesn't look like an old-timey grandmother. She wears her shoulder-blade-length hair dark with highlights, much as she did during her younger days.
posted: 12/17/2014 1:46 a.m.
As Christmas draws near, it's good to have a few stocking stuffers on hand for the animal lover in your life, or even to read yourself.
posted: 12/17/2014 1:45 a.m.
If you think Christmas is just for kids, you've probably never had the pleasure of knowing my friend Fred.
posted: 12/17/2014 1:45 a.m.
Q My buddy's wife walks their 11-year-old into the classroom each day. Then she takes out his assignments and helps him get ready. We're talking about a very capable kid who has no "issues" at all. My buddy says other mothers at his son's school are also doing the same thing. My wife has heard about this and wants to start walking our very capable son into his fourth-grade room. What are your thoughts?
posted: 12/17/2014 1:44 a.m.
DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: Last year, friends invited my husband and me to spend a long weekend with them at their ski cabin in Vermont. We bought nonrefundable airline tickets to get up there, but that enormous snowstorm last winter closed all the roads in the area, so we couldn't go. When we explained the situation to the airline, they agreed to give us a year to use the tickets we'd paid for. Well, that year will soon be up, and our friends haven't reissued their invitation. Since they know we spent more than $500 on the plane tickets, aren't they kind of obligated to give us an opportunity to use them?
posted: 12/17/2014 1:43 a.m.
Q My ex and I share equal custody of our twin 6-year-old boys. They are very close to my father, with whom I recently had an ugly falling out over a business deal. I'm so angry I don't want the kids around my parents for the holidays, but my ex insisted on taking them over there on Thanksgiving. She says she'll do the same on Christmas Day. (They are with me for Christmas Eve.) She told me it's my issue, not the kids', and she's going against what I say! This can't be good ex-etiquette! How can I stop her?
posted: 12/16/2014 11:11 a.m.
Colleen Baird doesn’t look like an old-timey grandmother, writes Helaine R. Williams in Family.
posted: 12/10/2014 1:59 a.m.
IPads and iPhones and Xboxes, oh my! Technology is increasingly replacing toys in today's letters to Santa and in Hanukkah wishes.
posted: 12/10/2014 1:57 a.m.
We were a two-cat household, but adopted my son's two cats because of his daughter's health issues. One of the new cats is obese and weighed 23 pounds. He also started wetting in certain corners in our house.
posted: 12/10/2014 1:56 a.m.
Life is made of moments. Some are better than others. But they all fit together in the end.
posted: 12/10/2014 1:55 a.m.
Despite the conclusion one might reach after reading the latest issue of any popular parenting magazine, the job of parent is actually quite simple, so simple that I can describe the entire ball of wax in less than 15 column inches.
posted: 12/10/2014 1:54 a.m.
DEAR JEANNE &; LEONARD: What should you do when someone you're with insists on complaining in a restaurant? To me, making a scene is vulgar, and my husband and I would never complain about the service or question a check. Yet we have friends who don't hesitate to do either when we dine out together. How should we handle the situation? We hate it!
posted: 12/10/2014 1:48 a.m.
Q I am involved in a relationship with a man (we are both 58 years old) who has been divorced for five years. His 30-year-old-daughter, her husband and two children live with him in the family home they have lived in for years. I do not live at the same address. However, his ex-wife comes over to visit his daughter and grandchildren. I am not comfortable about this. I think he should tell his ex-wife that she can't come to his home. His daughter is quite capable of going to visit her mother in her own home. What's good ex-etiquette?