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You're going to LOVE this

posted: 07/29/2015 1:45 a.m. Discuss

Books tell stories and create memories and we feel nostalgic about the time we spent with them.

152 show true colors in contest; Conway woman wins

posted: 07/29/2015 1:44 a.m. Comments 2

Grown-ups are too big and busy to enter a coloring contest, right?

Sharon Randall: Editor turns out to be a grand one

posted: 07/29/2015 1:43 a.m. Discuss

Once, I went to a zoo to see the penguins. But my favorite thing of all turned out to be the bats.

Parenting: Alternative to ADHD verdict? Homeschooling

posted: 07/29/2015 1:42 a.m. Discuss

Q Our 8-year-old is scheduled to enter third grade at a public school this coming fall. Last year, he did very well; nonetheless, his second-grade teacher was convinced he had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (or ADHD). At a meeting with the principal, school psychologist, school social worker and the head of the special education department, lots of pressure was put on us to have him tested and put on medication. When we pointed out that his grades were all very good to excellent, they pointed out that his standardized test results were just average. In our estimation, he's self-motivated and responsible. We don't feel that one test proves much of anything. Granted, he's somewhat impulsive and disorganized, but we've chalked that up to just being a boy. We are considering homeschooling him and would like your advice.

Money Manners

posted: 07/29/2015 1:41 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: My boyfriend and I, both in our 40s, have been discussing marriage. Unfortunately, he owes thousands of dollars on his credit cards and has other big debts as well. I'm debt-free, and that's the way I like it. My question is: How big a deal is it, marriagewise, that he owes so much money? He's a great guy, but I don't want to be responsible for his debts.


posted: 07/29/2015 1:40 a.m. Discuss

Q My ex and I have two children under age 3. She now lives an hour and a half away from me. It was a difficult breakup, and there's a restraining order against me that lists the kids. I have high blood pressure, and I also had a stroke right around the time she left. Rehabilitation was difficult, but I'm back driving now and working as a teacher full time. I haven't seen my kids since March because of the rehabilitation, and I now want them to live with me half the time. My ex is fighting me on it. I think she thinks I'm disabled because my speech is a little slower. What's good ex-etiquette?

Family: Love of children’s books can span generations

posted: 07/28/2015 11 a.m. Discuss

Books tell stories and create memories and we feel nostalgic about the time we spent with them.

Childlike liquidity

posted: 07/22/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Children running through sprinklers, playing tag in the park or gearing up for summer football practice may need more fluids than they're getting, a recent study suggests.

Eight or nine planets? Generations straddle chasm

posted: 07/22/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

As the world marvels at the first-ever close-up images of Pluto beamed to Earth, it is a reminder of a sharp global division: those with nine-planet childhoods vs. those now growing up in a solar system defined by eight planets.

Sharon Randall: Let go of guilt, grab hold of living

posted: 07/22/2015 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Guilt. If it had a face, it would look a lot like the ax-waving monster that chased me through my nightmares as a child.

Parenting: Child hungers for authoritative parent, not meal

posted: 07/22/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Q Our 4-year-old daughter will not eat dinner, no matter what. At most, she takes a few bites of what I fix and then says she doesn't like it. This has been going on for over a year. I've taken favorite things away from her, sent her to bed early, even spanked. Nothing has worked, and to be honest I'm getting increasingly frustrated. I absolutely refuse to fix her a special plate. I want her to be grateful for what she has. Please give me some direction here.

Money Manners

posted: 07/22/2015 1:49 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: When my father needed a trust, the attorney we spoke to offered to prepare one for a flat rate of $2,500. But now that the work is completed, he's switched to hourly billing and has charged my father an additional $600. I feel this is unethical. I have an email, sent by the lawyer at the time we hired him, stating that his $2,500 fee would cover a reasonable amount of discussion, the drafting of the trust document and the handling of the paperwork required to put Dad's house in the trust. And that's all he did for us; we never asked for anything extra. What should we do?


posted: 07/22/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Q My child's mother and I were never married. We weren't even together by the time our son was born. He is now 18 months old, and we share custody. Let me be blunt: she's a terrible mother. She smokes "pot" all the time -- always has. She has never been able to hold down a job. I'm afraid my son will get hurt because she doesn't pay attention to him. This can't be good ex-etiquette. What do I do?

Family: Study shows children not getting enough water

posted: 07/21/2015 11:03 a.m. Discuss

Children running through sprinklers, playing tag in the park or gearing up for summer football practice may need more fluids than they’re getting, a recent study suggests.




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