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I have a 4 year old Mama's girl that constantly disrespects me.

C. R. asks from Dearborn

My daughter is disappointed when I pick her up from pre-K, and doesn't like me to take her to dance or gymnastics. She tells me she doesn't want to be seen with me, because I am ugly and she is embarrassed of me. She sticks her tongue out at me frequently, and tells my...

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2nd grade son is behind in reading

m. d. asks from DHS

Dear Moms, My second grader who just turned 7 is still behind in reading. He reads at a first grade level (level G/H Fountas and PInnel by the end of the 1st grade). He is quite discouraged this year, and feels that second grade reading is very difficult! He likes to...

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Rubbery Chicken Legs (Blahhh)

A. M. asks from Tampa

Before my cooking/woman card gets taken away... how does one cook chicken legs in the oven? I seasoned, little EVOO and then put them in the oven and they come out rubbery. I cooked them at 350 for 25-30 mins.. or longer if needed (I check them for done) Cooked, but r...

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How does Life 360 work?

G. . asks from Springfield

I am entering the world of junior high and my son having a phone and being much more independent ... and not always mature enough to handle it. Last week he lost his phone, and I wasn't able to locate it. I have an iPhone, and he has a Samsung, so I tried Life 360. ...

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Direct tv or Hulu live?

L. S. asks from West Mifflin

We are moving and considering canceling our direct tv and going with Hulu live. Does anyone have any experience with Hulu live?

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3 Periods in the same month?

A. Y. asks from Anchorage

I'm 13 and I started my period on the 17th of August. I had my next period one week earlier than a month, and had two more after that. If necessary, I weigh 44kg and I exercise regularly at school and outside. My exercise has partially changed since school started and I'...

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Ideas for deployed daughter's special box?

M. 6. asks from Woodbridge

My daughter is deployed to a very, very unlovely location. Oddly, they didn't not take her wisdom teeth prior to deployment like they did my son's, and as luck would have it, she can't wait any longer and is having them out in this sad place. I send her care boxes ever...

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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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Friend sleepover sleeping arrangements in home ideas?

M. S. asks from Warren

Hi Moms, Could you kindly share ideas on how you do sleeping arrangements for sleepovers. My teen son ( new 14) will have a friend ( 13) from out of town sleepover so they can attend an all day function for a friend in the morning and I didn't know best sleep situat...

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Ideas on getting this stopped?

M. 6. asks from Woodbridge

So earlier this month, the neighbors on one side of me moved away. We had a sneaking suspicion that they were going to lose the house. They had an elderly relative staying with them who we believe they were using his social security to make the house payment and when h...

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Letter to My Daughter

by Corby J. Caffrey-Dobosh

When I was only a daughter, a sister to brothers, a sister to one sister, a wife to a husband, and a mother to sons, I prayed to a father-God. I did not doubt, sway, or psychologically challenge the camouflaged examples of sexism. I hardly questioned the existence of veiled capitalist-North American social-structure yolks that were to be borne only on the shoulders of women. I rallied against abortion. I submitted to touch and affection against my gut’s will. Blind, unwilling to see the pieces of woman-hate that pushed their way into my life’s puzzle, I was a soft feminist who focused on fitting in with patriarchy, earning validation from my family, and being under-welcomed by a church unworthy of my fealty. I bestowed more value on men’s accomplishments. I felt guilt and shame. I hated my body, my curves, and the shiny swirls etched in my skin that marked my babies’ becomings. I ignored the sanctity of my femaleness. I blamed my mom. I trash-talked other women, while comparing my shortcomings to theirs. I buried my needs, and blamed myself for the sexual violence I experienced. I was insecure and incapable of seeing and wielding my power. I cared for people and things that would never understand me, appreciate me, or return my care. I laughed at girly-ness. I thought my qualities and traits unimportant when they weren’t applauded by others. I disguised my voice with pixie pleasantries when I needed to rage. I dieted…. More

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So what would you do, do you think? ETA* One Final ETA**

M. 6. asks from Woodbridge

My husband and I are kind of having "nightmares" over a possible scenario and what we would do about it if it happened. Our oldest son (but middle child) is in the military and will be coming home for holiday leave for probably a month in December/early Jan/late Thanksg...

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Empty Nest Syndrome (sort of) - who am I and what now?

E. G. asks from Rahway

My one and only daughter is nearly 19 and attending community college. Although she still lives at home, she's rarely here except to sleep. She works, goes to school and has a boyfriend. She's everything I hoped she'd be - responsible, hard working and sweet. Her life i...

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Mortgage approval question **ETA

M. 6. asks from Woodbridge

As you may recall, we are considering moving to the opposite side of the state we currently live in. I got some great advice from everyone about what we should be looking for insofar as determining whether the area will be a good fit for us. (just a reminder that where...

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Potential job update and another question**updated

T. D. asks from New York

**update**I wore the sundress with shawl. I felt that the interview went well. There was only one other person being interviewed. And they chose them for the position. So I am still a stay at home momma. I am disappointed. But I will try again another time. The o...

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The Ultimate List of Things to Do While You're on Bedrest

I’m currently on pregnancy bedrest (for the second time) due to preterm labor and a handful of other issues. Bedrest is one of those things that has been around virtually forever but hasn’t been proven to be particularly effective, not to mention it comes with its own set of risks. For those reasons, it’s prescribed only when all other options have been exhausted, and there just isn’t anything else to do. While the idea of lounging around for weeks or even months at a time might sound like a luxurious vacation to some, believe me, it gets old fast. I’ve always thrived the most when I keep busy, and I love to be out exploring the city versus being cooped up indoors, so if I don’t have some sort of a plan my mental state starts to suffer pretty quickly. That’s where this list comes in, I began to compile it during my first pregnancy and wrote everything out in earnest as soon as I found out I would be prescribed bed rest again. Hopefully, if you find yourself in a similar situation it can be of some help to you, I’ve tried to include as many resources as possible along with the suggestions, so you’ve been warned, I’m not joking when I call it the “ultimate” list, it’s long. I’ve tried to break it up into sections to make it easy to jump around and find what appeals to you, and you can always bookmark it and come back to it later…. More

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Home Educating While Abroad: A Beginner’s Guide

Homeschooling your children can be a daunting task, but doing it while traveling abroad? That can be downright scary at first thought. There is, of course, a lot to consider. You may want your children to have an immersive educational experience. Or, you may want to focus on art and music in Spain. Two months later, when you’re in Greece, you may want to them to learn about science. You might favor a schedule that balances out the curriculum in a more traditional way such as focusing a little on each subject per day. Whichever way you choose to create your homeschooling environment, here is a starter guide to help you navigate the waters…. More