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posted: 06/21/2017 1:50 a.m. Discuss

The battle began almost as soon as our daughters got home from school.

Creature Feature

posted: 06/21/2017 1:49 a.m. Discuss

We go to the lake a lot during the summer. Now we have a new dog, a mixed-breed from a local rescue group. Osgood is midsize, about 36 pounds. We hope he's a swimmer, but we don't know yet. We want to take him out on the boat. Does he need a life jacket? Any tips on getting him used to water would be appreciated.

SHARON RANDALL: Out on a limb with a curious little boy

posted: 06/21/2017 1:49 a.m. Discuss

We were sitting in his oak tree, Henry and I, dreaming about birds, clouds and life.

Parenting: Who's in charge here? Parents, not the children

posted: 06/21/2017 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Many of today's parents suffer (and suffer they do, albeit a good number seem to feel their suffering is a sign of conscientious parenting) from what I call "upside-down, inside-out and backwards parent-view disorder."

EX-ETIQUETTE

posted: 06/21/2017 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Q My husband and his ex share the kids equally. She will not cooperate and tries to upset our family at every turn. I get along great with the kids, and for the past three years I have taken them out to buy Father's Day presents for their dad. This year, without asking me, his ex bought my husband a present from the kids -- a Giants baseball hat -- he's a Giants' fan. He loved it, but I forbid him to wear it because I know who really bought it. It wasn't the kids. Am I being petty? What's good ex-etiquette?

MONEY MANNERS

posted: 06/21/2017 1:47 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: In preparing their wills, do people usually leave money only to their children, or do they leave it to their grandchildren, as well as their children? I'm asking because I'd like to know what to expect from my parents and my wife's parents.

Ways to nurture child's curiosity

posted: 06/21/2017 1:47 a.m. Discuss

To me, curiosity is necessary. It is a trait I admire in others, and one I nurture in myself. My desire to learn has become more pronounced with age, and it's a characteristic I am desperate for my three children to have. I want them to be the ones constantly asking questions, seeking more knowledge.

Advice, resources for parents

posted: 06/21/2017 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Worried about your children and their screens? Here are some tips:

Blending in

posted: 06/14/2017 1:53 a.m. Discuss

While volunteering at her daughter's school, Rachel Gregersen noticed something that bothered her. Her 8-year-old daughter was the only biracial child she saw in her class.

Creature Feature

posted: 06/14/2017 1:53 a.m. Discuss

I was trimming matted hair on my cat's neck and accidentally cut off a couple of whiskers. Will they grow back? I feel awful about it even though it didn't seem to hurt him.

SHARON RANDALL: Together or apart, Dad is in my heart

posted: 06/14/2017 1:52 a.m. Discuss

My dad left this world long ago -- too soon, but my memories of him shine clear, bright and true. I think of him often, especially on Father's Day.

Parenting: Autism: 1 or 2 oddities don't always justify diagnosis

posted: 06/14/2017 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Q Our 4-year-old prefers solitary play over play with other children. It has been this way from early on when I began arranging play dates for him. When those really didn't work, I enrolled him in preschool but that didn't help either. If firmly instructed to do so, he will join in and "play" with other children. I put the word in quotes because he doesn't seem to really connect. He's very imaginative and will spend hours in his room playing quietly on his own or even boisterously with various imaginary friends. At home and school, he's polite, obedient and sometimes can be very talkative with his older siblings or us. Everyone agrees that he seems happy and content. He's in pre-K now and his teacher tells us he's at least a year ahead of most of the kids in his class. Nonetheless, his school counselor called us in the other day and suggested he might have a mild form of autism -- specifically, Asperger's. Do you think we should have him evaluated?

Take-along toys, books pass time on trips

posted: 06/14/2017 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Summer break is here and families are thinking of vacation trips. Perhaps there's a visit to the beach in the near future. Or a family reunion. Or a national park. Wherever families are traveling, it's good to think about how best to pass the time in the car, plane, boat or train.

MONEY MANNERS

posted: 06/14/2017 1:49 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: When you are first going to the home of someone you don't know all that well -- say, a co-worker or a distant relative -- is it wrong to look up the value of his or her home on the internet, just to understand more about him or her?

EX-ETIQUETTE

posted: 06/14/2017 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Q I'm having a problem with my child's mother, and I'm not sure how to handle it. She continually undermines my plans, but this last time took the cake. I'm a huge baseball fan and have wanted to take my son to a baseball game all his life. His mother knows this. He's been too young, but this year, for his 5th birthday, I got tickets for a game a week after his birthday. I was very excited about it and told his mother -- I even discussed the possibility of her joining us. She then secretly bought tickets for the day prior to the game and presented them to our son a week before his birthday. How do you co-parent with someone like that?

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