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Help me get our kid out of the house!

B. P. asks from Chicago

Our 14 year old is complaining about being bored. Since coming home from camp, here's been doing 2 hours of tutoring a day (he has a learning disability so this isn't a punishment...he needs tutoring), he does chores willingly, he practices piano. Otherwise, whatever we...

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cultivating the housecleaning habit

J. G. asks from Chicago

I've been hitting myself on the head for not encouraging group cleaning sessions from when the kids were smaller. I've always encouraged them to put away their messes, etc. and in the last two years, I've been gradually moving them towards more and more contributions arou...

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Help me organize a dining club!

M. P. asks from Chicago

An organization to which I belong needs a new organizer for a monthly ethnic dining club. The members are primarily middle aged and above women. My questions are: What days would be best? What times would be best? I'll also poll the membership, but typically, those pol...

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An Open Letter to the Nap Time Expert

Dear So-called Nap Expert,

I’m not surprised you elected yourself to serve as resident sleep specialist. There seems to be one parent in every bunch. You know what I mean: the one who reads a handful of parenting books and deems themselves an authority. The one who acts as if they hold a Ph.D. in breastfeeding, teething, or discipline. The know-it-all. More