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How much is too much?

posted: 11/25/2015 1:45 a.m. Comments 2

No matter how much a person despised homework as a kid, he may dread it even more when he becomes a parent.

Creature feature

posted: 11/25/2015 1:45 a.m. Discuss

I need help with my elderly cat. Sienna is 11 and has medium to long hair. She is an indoor cat. I brush her a couple of times a week, but she still has mats of hair under her front legs and won't let me brush there. I have tried using a comb on the hair mats, but she pulls away and meows like she's mad at me. What is going on? What can I do?

Sharon Randall: Savoring gratitude for life's rich feast

posted: 11/25/2015 1:44 a.m. Discuss

Holiday traditions are like the people who keep them. Over time, they change. They aren't perfect, nor do they need to be. They simply reflect who we are.

Parenting: Hormones not behind teen girls' reign of terror

posted: 11/25/2015 1:43 a.m. Discuss

A recent caller to my syndicated radio show objected to advice I dispensed concerning a teenage girl who was exhibiting a number of narcissistic and even sociopathic behaviors, including lying and the abuse of animals.

Money Manners

posted: 11/25/2015 1:42 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: I frequently have lunch at a sandwich shop that gives you a free sandwich after you've bought 10. If I eat there with a friend who doesn't bother with the shop's sandwich-card program, I ask the clerk to punch my card twice -- that is, to give me credit for the sandwich bought by my friend. The clerks are happy to do this, but some of my friends have given me funny looks. Am I doing something wrong?


posted: 11/25/2015 1:42 a.m. Discuss

Q I was with my ex for about five years. The last few years were sort of rocky, and we have finally decided to break up. I have a daughter from a previous relationship who's with her dad this year. This is the first Thanksgiving I am completely alone. My parents live on the other side of the country. I can't afford to fly. I'm all by myself and very depressed. What do you suggest? What's good ex-etiquette?

Balancing act

posted: 11/18/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Children are much more likely than not to grow up in a household in which their parents work, and in nearly half of all two-parent families today, both parents work full time, a sharp increase from previous decades.

Creature Feature

posted: 11/18/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

My wonderful dog died a few weeks ago. Ginger was my best friend and I love dogs so I know I will want another one at some point, but I'm not ready yet. Ginger had a lot of toys. She had her favorites, but a bunch of them she never played with so I donated them to our local rescue organization. They were really happy to get them. I just wanted to pass this along for other people who might have extra dog toys and wonder what to do with them.

Sharon Randall: Kindness to others is eternal

posted: 11/18/2015 1:45 a.m. Discuss

The phone message was brief. Martha, my friend since we were little girls, would have preferred to speak with me personally, but I'm not always easy to reach.

Parenting: Reasoning with toddler won't stop biting habit

posted: 11/18/2015 1:44 a.m. Discuss

Q My just-turned 3-year-old daughter has started biting other children in her preschool program. I put her in for three mornings a week thinking she could benefit from a group social experience, but it seems to be backfiring. She bites some other child -- the same one, usually -- almost every day. When it happens, her teacher separates her from the group, tries to calm her down and talks to her about what she should have done instead of biting. That's obviously not working, and now the director is getting pressure from other parents to expel her. I don't know why this is happening or what to do about it. She doesn't do it during play dates when she's one-on-one. Do you have any answers?

Money Manners

posted: 11/18/2015 1:43 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: I'm a massage therapist, and recently I raised my fee for a one-hour massage from $70 to $80. When a few of my old clients complained, I agreed to continue to charge them the old rate. But I need to make up the discount I'm giving these folks, so when a new customer, "Grace," came in, and I could see that she could afford to pay more, I charged her $85. Well, Grace found out that my normal rate is $80, and now she wants a $5 refund. To me, this is ridiculous. As far as I'm concerned, if I want to charge some people a little less for my services and others a little more, that's up to me. Moreover, the amount involved here -- $5 -- is so small that I think she's being pretty petty to care. Is there any reason why I should give her a refund?


posted: 11/18/2015 1:43 a.m. Discuss

Q My ex and I share equal custody of our two children -- a week with me and a week with him. The courts require us to use email as our only source of communication. For some time I have suspected it was his new wife at the other end of the email -- not my ex -- but now she doesn't even try to hide it and signs her name. Why must I now conform to her new set of rules? In your rules of ex-etiquette you say that "Parents make the rules and bonusparents uphold them." What am I missing? This isn't good ex-etiquette, is it?




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