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My husband and I don’t have fun...

N. S. asks from Washington

When we first met, it was all fun. We truly enjoyed each other’s company. And then at some point, we stopped enjoying each other. We enjoy being at home together and watching tv or doing things like that. But just about every time we leave our home to do anything wheth...

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A Room-by-Room Guide to Throwing a Tantrum



One of the most important lessons I’ve learned as a parent (as a human, really) is to respond to other people with empathy instead of sympathy or problem-solving. “That must have been so hard.” “Ugh, that feeling’s the worst.” “I’d feel that way, too.” Just telling my son that I’m listening, that I understand how he feels, is so much better than jumping in to soothe or solve problems…. More

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EASY Christmas Craft for Kids: Pom-Pom Pinecone Ornaments



I’m lazy. And cheap. Pinterest makes me crazy. But I LOVE Christmas. Christmas trees, Christmas ornaments, Christmas pajamas… And I love my son, who loves crafts. Flashback to a couple of years ago: I searched ye olde Google for an EASY Christmas craft for kids and found one I reckoned we could handle. On one freeze-your-butt off Manhattan evening, we ventured to the very new to New Yorkers craft Mecca called Michael’s and for less than the price of a round-trip subway ride, bought the supplies to make these Pom-Pom Pine cones! Preschoolers LOVE working with glue when they do their crafts. They can never have enough!… More

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Mother to Mother: To Tip or Not to Tip?



I sent my son to pick up a take-out order from Carrabba’s. The order total before discounts was $56 and he added a $10 tip. When I questioned him about it (in a very loud voice), he said it was customary to tip the take-out person 20%. Sure, I thought, customary when it’s my money that’s doing the tipping. But I began to wonder if he was right; maybe there was some standard for tipping that I didn’t know about and maybe I had inadvertently cheated dozens of restaurant workers out of their wages. Maybe…. More

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Teaching Children About Sexual Harassment and Assault



I remember the day my son learned about sexual assault very clearly.

He was four years old. We had taken him to his regular annual doctors appointment. While we were there the doctor asked him if she could check his privates parts. Then she asked me if she could check them. She then went on to explain that she was asking his permission and my permission and since we had said okay, that’s the only reason she was looking…. More

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Need suggestions on how to stand it

B. F. asks from Newark

This is kind of a bedroom matter and hopefully not TMI. IMyI r guy, like a lot of guys, gets to needing "release". Sometimes I think he wants to do "it" just for something to do. Having never been a guy myself, I can only try to imagine the need/want/urgency, and the...

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Kids and dinosaurs

B. F. asks from Newark

Why do people, especially kids, get so interested in dinosaurs? We've never seen any in real life, SERIOUSLY DOUBT anyone ever will, don't understand how people so far have decided what some looked like, what they ate, etc. etc. So why so much interest? I really coul...

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