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What's new at Santa's workshop

posted: 11/30/2016 1:52 a.m. Discuss

From robots to race cars, the holiday toy lineup has never been stronger. Whether the children in your life like to fly toy planes, ride horses, play games or build things, there's something cool for them this Christmas.

Creature Feature

posted: 11/30/2016 1:51 a.m. Discuss

We have a new puppy that's pretty big. He's supposed to grow to weigh as much as 75 pounds. We also have a smaller dog that we adopted when she was a puppy. We fed her puppy food, but that seems like it won't be good enough for our big guy. How do we know which food is best for him and will give him all the nutrition he needs?

SHARON RANDALL: Cellphone can annoy and bring lots of joy

posted: 11/30/2016 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Say what you will about cellphone addiction. It's not my problem. But I will admit, if my phone rings, I grab it.

Parenting: Well-thought-out response pulls plug on arguing

posted: 11/30/2016 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Q You recently advised parents not to argue with teenagers. That's fine and dandy advice, John, but you failed to tell your readers how to stay out of or end these arguments. For example, my strong-willed, stubborn, argumentative 14-year-old daughter wants to argue with me about nearly every decision I make: every "No," every rule, every instruction. I am going slowly insane. How do I make her stop?

MONEY MATTERS

posted: 11/30/2016 1:48 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: Recently, my friend "Rob" and I decided on the spur of the moment to go to a Stanford University football game. When we got there, we both were shocked to find that a seat anywhere closer to midfield than the 10-yard line cost $80. I wanted to buy end-zone seats for $50 each. But Rob argued that since we were already there and could afford decent seats, it'd be a false economy to get bad ones. I said OK, but then spent the entire game resenting how much we'd paid. What should I have said before we bought the tickets to persuade Rob that they weren't worth it? It's not as if we left home planning to spend anywhere near that much.

EX-ETIQUETTE

posted: 11/30/2016 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Q The kids' father and I broke up only three months ago and it has been rough on us all. This is the first Christmas we will be spending in different homes and not only do I feel the added stress, but I think the kids are feeling it, too. Got any tips to help us help them through this tough time?

Family: Finding the right toy for the kid who likes to build

posted: 11/29/2016 11:12 a.m. Discuss

From robots to race cars, the holiday toy lineup for kids who like to build or code has never been stronger.

Togetherness timeout

posted: 11/23/2016 1:53 a.m. Discuss

The holidays have arrived.

Creature Feature

posted: 11/23/2016 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Just in time for Thanksgiving and the weeks of feasting to follow, here are a few seasonal helpers for pet owners.

SHARON RANDALL: Gratitude tops list for day of thanks

posted: 11/23/2016 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Every year, when I start my shopping list for Thanksgiving, the same image comes to mind.

MONEY MATTERS

posted: 11/23/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: My grandfather tried to be scrupulously fair with his three children, one of whom is my mother. He gave them the same cash gift when each one married; he gave them the same amount toward a down payment when each one bought a house; and for most of Granddad's life, his will called for his estate to be divided equally among his three children. But not long before his death, Granddad revised his will and left his expensive house to his only son, who had been pressuring him for months to make this change. My mother's and my aunt's feelings were terribly hurt when the revised will came to light, especially since they had shouldered much more of Granddad's care than their brother had. After that, my mother and aunt rarely spoke to my uncle. Well, he died a year ago, and recently his daughter, who inherited the house, invited Mom and my aunt to dinner there. My cousin was only a kid when Granddad died, and she had nothing to do with the friction between her father and her aunts. She just wants to put the past behind us and move on. But my mother and my aunt refuse to go. What can I do to persuade them to accept my cousin's peacemaking gesture?

EX-ETIQUETTE

posted: 11/23/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Q I am falling in love with my stepsister, and I have a question about how to handle it. Before you go crazy on me, let me explain a couple of things that may make a difference in your response. First, we only lived together for a very short time three years ago, so we really didn't grow up together. Two, we are now legal adults. I am 29 and she is 18. We make each other very happy, but our family and friends think there is something wrong with us. I think this relationship is worth fighting for, but at the same time I would like to have our friends and family on board. What's good ex-etiquette?

Family: Find time for a movie break

posted: 11/22/2016 11:08 a.m. Discuss

The holidays are a busy time of year — kids at home, family visiting, friends stopping by — but there are times when a break is needed from all the holiday hubbub. What better way to do that than by sitting back and watching some classic holiday films?

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