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Saving shirts a stitch at a time

posted: 07/29/2014 11 a.m. Discuss

Instructional books like Erin Bried’s How to Sew a Button: And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew (published in 2009) underscore how, in the midst of today’s technological boom, the domestic arts have suffered a blow, writes Linda S. Haymes in Family.

Parents beware! OR Teach your parents well

posted: 07/23/2014 2:52 a.m. Discuss

The marketplace is a minefield for new parents. Buying the wrong product can put newborns and small children at risk.


posted: 07/23/2014 2:49 a.m. Discuss

Q I've been dating a woman with a little girl for over a year now. She split with her ex right after she accidentally became pregnant. The baby was only 6-7 months old when we began dating. The two of them live with me in my house, and marriage has been discussed in depth.


posted: 07/23/2014 2:49 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: I live in a small, three-story condominium building where all the expenses are split evenly between the owners. I live on the first floor and never use the elevator, which frequently breaks down. Why should I have to pay for a portion of the maintenance of something I never use?

Parenting: Don't read too much into 2-year-old's hair issue

posted: 07/23/2014 2:48 a.m. Discuss

Q We have lived with my parents since our daughter, now 2 years old, was born. She has been the center of attention, being the first and only grandchild. Several months ago our son was born, and we moved into our own house. Almost immediately, our daughter began pulling her hair out, sometimes in handfuls.

Creature Feature

posted: 07/23/2014 2:47 a.m. Discuss

The world keeps turning, dogs keeping barking and technology developers keep turning out pet-themed apps for smartphones and tablets. Here's a look at a couple that allow you to search by location for rescued animals available for adoption. Even if you're not looking for a pet yourself, you could play matchmaker for a friend or family member or simply share pet photos and information on social media sites.

Sharon Randall: Gran's garden let her bloom

posted: 07/23/2014 2:46 a.m. Discuss

My grandmother was a master gardener. She grew dahlias and chrysanthemums, sweet peas and hydrangeas, tomatoes and corn, green beans and squash, sustenance for body and soul.

Recalling the risks

posted: 07/22/2014 11:14 a.m. Discuss

The marketplace is a minefield for new parents, writes Eric Harrison in Family. Buying the wrong product can put newborns and small children at risk.

Sharing a mother's love

posted: 07/16/2014 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Darby Beranek's deep freeze overflows with tiny packets of magic elixir, grouped in larger zip-close bags. At first she was elated by how quickly her stash multiplied. But she only has one freezer, and she only has one baby.


posted: 07/16/2014 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Our cat, Trevor, likes to get in our bookshelf and take naps. He doesn't get on the top shelf, but on the one below it where there aren't many books. He knocked off a couple of collectible figurines so I moved them all and now there's nothing for him to break. But my husband doesn't like Trevor up there. I say it's no big deal. Cats like to get up high and cats will be cats. At least he doesn't get on the kitchen counters. Any ideas?

Sharon Randall: Pals into infinity: Priceless

posted: 07/16/2014 1:55 a.m. Discuss

We were young then, with our whole lives before us, starry-eyed blind to all that lay ahead.

Parenting: 'Sassiness' is byproduct of sit-com overexposure

posted: 07/16/2014 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Q The "sassiness" that I have heard so much about from my friends started a few months ago with my 5-year-old daughter. She will say things to me that I actually find myself tongue-tied on how or what to say to correct her. Sometimes, she apologizes, which tells me she knows she's talking disrespectfully to me. What do you think about 10 minutes of time out for this sort of thing? Also, on a recent vacation with another family in which there are two other girls around the same age, my daughter became very competitive. She constantly wanted to "race" to see who would be first, for example. Is this normal for this age?


posted: 07/16/2014 1:54 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: I'm a salesman for a pharmaceutical company, and I had a good quarter, for which I received a nice bonus. So when my wife and I had dinner with a couple we often go out with, I picked up the check, saying I wanted to celebrate my good fortune. That was six months ago. Since then, our friends have expected us to pay for every meal we've shared, even though the four of us had always split the tab in the past. It's not like our friends are hurting for money. But apparently they've decided that I'm loaded (I'm not) and that I want to or ought to be treating them every time we go out. How can I get this to stop?


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