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Rethinking the stories we tell ourselves

posted: 05/26/2015 11:11 a.m. Discuss

This working mother thing didn’t seem to be going particularly well, writes Elizabeth Tenety in Family.

Stars smash stereotypes

posted: 05/20/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Like it or not, children and teens look to celebrities for inspiration on how to look, act and speak and for confirmation that their own appearance is acceptable.

Creature Feature

posted: 05/20/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Each year, the American Pet Products Association reports the purportedly jaw-dropping amount of money American pet owners spent on their furry family members. In 2014, we spent $58.04 million; this year, the association estimates we'll shell out more than $60 million for food, shelter, medical care, grooming, boarding and pampering.

Sharon Randall: The most thrilling gift ever

posted: 05/20/2015 1:45 a.m. Discuss

Have you ever noticed how some things seem to look a lot better on paper than in reality?

Parenting: Even if accurate, critique of grandkids crossed line

posted: 05/20/2015 1:44 a.m. Discuss

Q My husband and I need your advice. We are parents to one adult daughter who has three children ages 10, 7 and 4. They live about three hours away and up until two years ago we saw them fairly often. Our visits were often very uncomfortable, however, because she and her husband do not discipline the children. As a consequence, they are rude, sassy and disrespectful. They have no respect whatsoever for adult authority, something the older kids' teachers have also commented on. Our daughter and her husband are in denial about the problem, maintaining that the kids are misunderstood. When we finally worked up the courage to say something, they both blew up and have refused to let us have the kids by ourselves ever since. We feel we're a good influence in the kids' lives, a better influence than their parents, in fact. What should we do?

Money Manners

posted: 05/20/2015 1:43 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: A friend and I hosted a party together. We held the event at her house (it's a lot bigger) and did most of the preparation for the party in her kitchen. Unfortunately, I broke one of her serving dishes. Even more unfortunately, she hadn't really wanted me to use it because it had been a wedding present from a favorite aunt. Must I pay to replace it? My friend knows that what happened was a complete accident -- she saw me trip. Plus she and her husband have much more money than I do. While I feel terrible about breaking her dish, writing her a check for a couple of hundred dollars seems crazy.

Teach children about images that are too perfect

posted: 05/20/2015 1:42 a.m. Discuss

Walk past a supermarket checkout stand and you can't help but see models and celebrities in bikinis and slinky outfits plastered across magazine covers. 'Tween favorites like Katy Perry and Beyonce appear all over the Internet in glamorous outfits, expensive hair and elaborate makeup. And ads on billboards, buses and subways display long-legged models selling everything from liquor to lipstick.

Role models who stand out by not fitting in

posted: 05/19/2015 10:58 a.m. Discuss

Like it or not, children and teens look to celebrities for inspiration on how to look, act, speak and for confirmation that their own appearance is acceptable.

Let's chat

posted: 05/13/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

From the time their children are born, parents are told how important it is to talk to and with them. But no one told us how hard that would be.

Creature Feature

posted: 05/13/2015 1:51 a.m. Discuss

My cat has been scratching his ears and I've seen him shaking his head. I think he might have ear mites, but I can't really see anything inside his ears to know for sure. I haven't gotten too good of a look at them because he pulls away from me. Does he need to see a veterinarian or is this something I can cure at home?

Sharon Randall: Loving the view from the back pew

posted: 05/13/2015 1:51 a.m. Discuss

I hate to be late for church, especially as a visitor. If you come waltzing in late to church as a visitor, you might as well wave a sign that says, "I'm a potential new member who wants to pay off the mortgage on the parsonage, bring fried chicken to every social and rock crying babies in the nursery!"

Parenting: Mom cooks for no pay, so why pay kids for chores?

posted: 05/13/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

A major U.S. newspaper recently ran a piece detailing all the ways children benefit from doing chores. Well, not all the ways. They failed to mention the most important benefit: Chores, properly managed, teach citizenship values.

Money Manners

posted: 05/13/2015 1:49 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: A young woman bought the house next door about five years ago. Since then she has let the property run down in many ways. But what troubles me most is that her redwood tree has now broken through the fence between our backyards in several places. "Carla" has filled the resulting gaps with plastic bags, bags which are now rat- and insect-infested. While I've offered to split the cost of removing the tree and repairing the fence, she insists that no one touch her redwood. On the contrary, Carla recently suggested that we discuss how we can best "honor" the tree. What should I do? A real estate agent tells me there's no way I could sell my house with this mess in my backyard. (Just so you know, this redwood is not a protected tree. My neighbor has the right to cut it down.)


posted: 05/13/2015 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Q Our son's new wife won't allow his kids in their home -- she absolutely refuses to have anything to do with them. He was so devastated when the first wife had an affair with her boss and they got divorced -- he doesn't ever want to go through that again, so he puts up with this horrible situation. It's heartbreaking to the kids and us. Please pass on what's good ex-etiquette. She reads your column.


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