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College student away at school with appendicitis - what to do?

J. B. asks from Boston

So I just heard from one of my sons that my step-daughter, who goes to school in Montreal, is in the hospital with appendicitis and having surgery tomorrow. I just texted her to ask her to call me when she's up for a phone call so that I can get the details. Because I'm ...

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How much crying is normal for a 5 year old?

E. M. asks from Brooklyn

I’d love some insight because my niece “Emily” seems to go straight to tears a LOT over just about any minor disappointment, and I’m not sure if that’s normal for a 5 year old or if I have unrealistic ideas about how well 5 year olds should be able to manage th...

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How to say no to friends who push MLM

K. S. asks from Littleton

Hi ladies, I'm hoping you all might have some smooth words to help me out. I have a neighbor who is also a really good friend. She sells Juice Plus, the MLM vitamin program. I have no problem with this, I'm just not interested in it. She hit me up about it 7-8 years ago ...

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Movie, Reminded Me of Discussions Here

C. C. asks from Brooklyn

In case you want something to watch for a break from all of the holiday busy-ness - I recommend the movie "Searching", it has just been released to rent, I saw it in theaters. It reminded me of many discussions here...I found myself thinking "what would the MP community...

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Speaking of Thanksgiving . . .

M. 6. asks from Woodbridge

For the first time in a very long time, I am doing a little Thanksgiving meal at my house. Normally, I go to the nursing home and eat with my dad and hubby takes the kids (well, we are down to one, now) to his Brother/SIL for their gathering 3 hrs away. This year, hubb...

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Trouble with Thanksgiving and Mother in Law

L. O. asks from Kansas City

My mother in law declares Thanksgiving is her holiday at her house. It worked in past bc my parents and my brother and sister in law had a falling out so MIL invited my parents to her house. Now, things are great with my brother and sis in law. SIS invited my husband,...

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In laws outdoing everyone on gifts

K. W. asks from Houston

My in laws are out giving everyone else combined. They like to give the coolest gifts. My parents feel awful because their heartfelt gifts just don’t compare. My husband and I (mom and dad) feel awful because we already know we can’t afford any gifts this Christma...

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I Was Lost in the Laundry. Did Anyone Even Notice I Was Gone?

I was watching a daily news program during my morning 15 Minutes of Silence.

If you mamas out there don’t practice this habit, trust me, you need this. Start your day, before the kiddos wake up and the chaos ensues, with at least 15 minutes of only you, your fav coffee mug and whatever you fancy: Candy Crush, The Today Show, Facebook, planner planning, bible journaling, staring off into space, dreaming of going back to bed in 15 hours. Whatevs. You choose. And because wine is frowned upon in the mornings, this really is the next best thing. It is so good for the soul and for your AM ‘mom mood’…. More

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Unsubscribing from the Culture of Busyness

by Leslie J. Davis

Sometimes I feel guilty when people complain about how busy they are, like we’re getting away with something scandalous. Maybe we are…? When it comes to being busy, our family is definitely not keeping up with the Joneses. Our lives are full, and at times, very full, but we typically aren’t “too busy.” What I mean by this is that we make a conscious effort not to overextend ourselves with commitments. We don’t subscribe to the belief system that being busy is good. That being busy is necessary. That being busy defines us…. More

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9/11 Memorial

by Karen E. Rosenberg

My heart ached. I sucked in my breath. My eyes filled with tears.

I did not expect to have this reaction to the 9/11 Memorial.

I expected to see a nice monument with the names of those that lost their lives in the towers and on the planes. What I got was so much more. No picture, no articles, no first-hand accounts had prepared me…. More

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Husband hates our dog

Z. R. asks from Houston

We are new dog parents, our new dog has only been with us for 11 days. It turns out my husband is now saying he doesn't want a dog and he only agreed because the kids and I wanted one. He complains about everything, if the dog licks him he is grossed out, he won't even p...

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Removing Resolve foam carpet cleaner from carpet

L. E. asks from Houston

My newborn had an accident on the carpet in her nursery. Without thinking, I cleaned the carpet with Resolve foam carpet cleaner. Now I’m reading a bunch of things regarding the dangers of DIY carpet cleaners. Does anyone know how I can remove the Resolve from the carp...

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Should I worry and why am I taking it so hard?

G. V. asks from Houston

My 20yr old daughter broke up about a month ago with her boyfriend of 2 years. He is of the same age and is a wonderful young man, polite, brilliant future, a gentleman, funny, from a very good and close knit family and treated her like fine crystal. Very handsome as w...

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How to deal with a nagging employee?

S. C. asks from Houston

My husband and i opened a small business last year and employed a part time employee who will have to work at the office 2-3 days a week on her own. Considering this we make it u by being very flexible in many aspects. She is well paid and sometimes we give her extra lea...