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Family: Mourning on social media requires extra care

posted: 06/30/2015 11 a.m. Discuss

Taya Dunn Johnson has been living large online for years, embracing Facebook, Twitter and other social streams to frequently share her most mundane and intimate moments.

Crayon therapy

posted: 06/24/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

We read books on our Kindles and newspapers on our iPads and we talk and text on smartphones. New gadgets make headline news and waiting lists for buying them are miles long. So, what kind of sign of the times is it that coloring books -- the kind that are used completely unplugged -- are topping the best-seller lists?

Creature Feature

posted: 06/24/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

I saw something on Facebook that said you shouldn't feed a dog peanut butter. I don't remember exactly what it said. I am concerned because my dog really likes peanut butter and I sometimes give it to her. It's always been OK. Why isn't it safe now?

Sharon Randall: Living like a truly wild woman

posted: 06/24/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

She came dancing out on stage looking like a woman who knows exactly who she is, in silver T-strap pumps and a neon-pink dress trimmed with a whole lot of sparkle and fringe that moved when she moved in all the right places.

Money Manners

posted: 06/24/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: I've always thought the man my sister is living with was a little shady. Now I've found out that he's claiming a condo near Lake Tahoe as a second home, when in fact he's renting it out and not reporting the income on his taxes. Should I report him to the IRS?


posted: 06/24/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Q My daughter is graduating this weekend, and her father and I are at odds as to how to handle the celebration afterward. I want everyone to come over to my home for a casual barbecue, and he wants to take everyone out to dinner. My daughter tells me she would prefer the barbecue , but understands her father might be uncomfortable at my home now that I have remarried. What's good ex-etiquette?

Color yourself a contest winner

posted: 06/24/2015 1:43 a.m. Discuss

All grown up but still like to color? The Family section has a contest for you.

Family: Coloring is relaxing for all ages

posted: 06/23/2015 11:02 a.m. Discuss

We read books on our Kindles and newspapers on our iPads and we talk and text on smartphones.

Art of negotiation

posted: 06/17/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

If you're in a relationship, you're bound to disagree with your partner from time to time. Should you load the dishwasher from front to back, or back to front? Should the toilet paper be hung over, or under? Should you save your money, or take that expensive vacation?

Creature feature

posted: 06/17/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

We have a dog who likes to run in circles, and then reverses and goes the other way. This circle is about 14 feet across and has removed all the grass so is quite muddy after all the rain we’ve had. Someone has labeled him “crazy,” but I don’t think so. He’s quite lovable and fun. He is a full-grown Doberman and we have no clue as to what’s wrong. Any ideas?

Sharon Randall: Summertime daydreaming is always in season

posted: 06/17/2015 1:45 a.m. Discuss

Coming back from the post office, I drove past a school. The parking lot sat empty. The place looked abandoned, like a dry well waiting for the rain.

Parenting: 'Because I said so': Four little words that say it all

posted: 06/17/2015 1:43 a.m. Comment 1

Two months ago, I conducted a two-day, small-group "parent retreat" during which I talked about, among other things, the legitimacy and power of "because I said so." One of my missions is to promote the restoration of the attitude that accompanies the calm, straightforward (the operative conditions) delivery of that traditional parenting aphorism. Why? Because it is the very essence of effective discipline, that's why.

Money Manners

posted: 06/17/2015 1:43 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: How do you know how much to spend on a wedding present? I've made a lot of money in recent years, and my wife and I have found a great gift for our niece who is getting married this summer -- something that costs about $1,200. She's the first of eight nephews and nieces to be getting married, and we're fond of all of them, so we don't mind setting the precedent of an expensive gift. The problem is, we have two children of our own who are likely to be tying the knot in the not-too-distant future, and we wouldn't want our siblings and their spouses to feel they had to spend anywhere near that much money on our kids' wedding presents. Nor would we want anyone to think we were showing off. What should we do?


posted: 06/17/2015 1:42 a.m. Discuss

Q My husband and I were recently married, and his ex, the mother of his child, gave us two presents -- one for us, plus one for my daughter. I appreciate her acknowledgement of my child; however, I am really uncomfortable with her giving us a present. What is good ex-etiquette regarding her gift to us?

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