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Seeking moms who are quick-witted when their husbands insult them.

B. F. asks from Bear

I'm partially just venting here. But I am looking for come-backs to try to make this not hurt so bad. I am a homemaker. I constantly have around me things that need done routinely, but also huge projects I'm trying to get done to make the house neat and run more effic...

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How can I get my sister to understand why she needs to wear a jacket?

J. M. asks from New York

Hi peeps, my sister is 6 yrs old and is not prone to wearing a jacket, unless its bitterly cold. But, her teacher asks all the kids to wear a jacket for recess but my sister refuses, even when its cold or raining, so the teacher has asked me to talk to her to get her un...

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Is it okay to call teenage daughter “step” in certain situations?

A. G. asks from Mc Lean

I met my husband’s daughter when she was 11 and I was 27. Her father and I have since gotten married and had another little girl. We get along well and so do her mother and I. We only get her every other weekend. 99% of the time I simply refer to her as my daughter. ...

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How to overcome a jealous adult child

M. Z. asks from Chandler

I have 4 children (2 are adults), husband has 2 adult children in their 30’s. His eldest daughter continues to exclude me and my kids from events that should be family oriented. For example, I gave a olive branch and said hey let’s do something special for your dad f...

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A good book for a girl in 4th grade

V. Y. asks from New York

Hi, my little daughter has a reading buddy in the 4th grade whom she adores. She wants to give her a book as a present for the summer. Any recommendations? Thanks.

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Teenage weekend away with SO and family?

J. B. asks from Boston

What are your thoughts on whether or not you would be (or are) OK with your teenager going away overnight with a boyfriend/girlfriend and his/her family? My 15yo son is dating a girl whose parents each have vacation properties. Mom's is about an hour away and is a place ...

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Why, When & How to Toilet Train a Toddler

by Joan Lowell

Is toilet training in your near future?

You’ve survived your baby’s infancy. Congratulations! Let’s get onto those exciting toddler years, when kids are so easy to please. (Trust me!). Now let’s talk about toilet training. Spring and summer are a great time to start…. More

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Is Disney Educational? Of Course It Is!

A couple years ago, there was a discussion about taking your child out of school for a trip to a
Disney theme park. Many people—mainly teachers—were complaining that parents take their children out of school as a learning experience, and that it didn’t seem like a valid excuse. Then one mom actually said that Disney was not a learning experience. I have to 110 percent disagree with Disney World not being a learning environment…. More

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Libraries Need Love, Too!

In this day and age of computers, electronic teaching toys, and educational DVDs, public libraries may seem too old-fashioned to be of use to parents of younger children. (Or even older children, as they no longer have to go to the library to do research.) I think that is far from the truth!… More

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Extreme food preferences in teens - how much to ignore?

J. B. asks from Boston

Have any of you moms of older kids had teenagers whose food choices were extreme or limited? I've never been one to make food a battle ground in my house. My kids for the most part have different palates and cycle through preferences like everyone does, but we make it wo...

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Frivolous dating-after-divorce question...what age range to target?

J. B. asks from Boston

Hi mamas - I'll preface this with the fact that this is a totally hypothetical question, I'm probably over-thinking things (ya think?) and that it would be a good problem to have...the TL;DR version is "how big of an age gap is too much?" My divorce was final on 12/24...

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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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Coordinating kids' gifts with your ex

J. B. asks from Boston

For those still parenting with an ex, how do you coordinate holiday gifts? My ex and I have two adolescent children who still get Santa-style gifts - they don't literally believe, but they put together wish lists. When my ex and I were still a couple, we of course went t...

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My 9th grader is making me crazy in the morning / Uber question

J. B. asks from Boston

So...my 9th grade son is a monster in the morning. He simply will not get up on time. He takes medication for ADHD that can interfere with his sleep. It's an unfortunate but common side effect of almost all ADHD medication and he agrees that he needs the medication enoug...