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13th Birthday - What did you do to mark the significance?

G. . asks from Springfield

Our son will be turning 13 soon. He doesn't need anything. The only thing he wants is money on his Fortnight account (ug!) We will rack our brains and think of something. Celebrating is the easy part. But are there any traditional "13th Birthday" gifts? What did yo...

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How to avoid losing my daughter to her domineering fiancé?

E. P. asks from Arlington

My daughter recently turned 20 and was also recently engaged. They have only known each other for about nine months now and both lack in communication skills. They were on again / off again for the first four months of the relationship which required certain changes by...

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10-year-old really sensitive to movie scenes

W. W. asks from Los Angeles

My 10-year-old son is really sensitive to certain movie scenes. If it has blood or any kind of violence or death, he gets really scared to the point of shaking. I don’t think it’s a big deal if he sticks to PG rated movies for now but all of his friends are watchin...

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Are you prepared for a heat wave?

W. W. asks from Reston

The Eastern Seaboard has been going through some heat this past few days and it's only going to get hotter. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7263761/More-200-million-people-eastern-central-bracing-heatwave.html Are you prepared? Do you have a back up plan...

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How can I get help?

D. R. asks from Naco

Hi, I'm 21 years old I have a 1 year old son. I've been in a relationship for 4 years. Long story not so short. I want to leave my baby daddy, I just don't know how I don't have nowhere to go to, I'm a mom stay at home, I don't have a job Didn't finish high school , Don ...

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When to tell kids . . . *ETA - one more thought

M. 6. asks from Woodbridge

I was diagnosed with cancer yesterday. It's treatable - I'll live. As some of you may recall, my husband was diagnosed with cancer last year. He isn't a candidate for treatment at this time, but he is doing well and the cancer is moving slow enough that it isn't an ur...

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Weird question about flies

M. 6. asks from Woodbridge

My assistant decided yesterday to prop the front door to the office open (it's a direct to outside door from the reception area). About 4 hrs later, she comes to tell me she has to shut the door because the lobby has about 100 flies in it. Because we have really tall w...

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4 year old boy refuses to poop on potty

B. S. asks from New York

He's my third child, peeing he has down. He's 4.5. Other 2 did not give me this trouble. He flat out refuses to do it. Any pointers appreciated.

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Lovebug

by Susan Feigenbaum

This email was sent to the email account I created to collect memories for my 7-yr old daughter.

Dear Evie,

Tonight as I was saying goodnight to you and Lily, Lily asked me how bedbugs get into people’s homes. In an effort to calm this latest, and admittedly most legitimate, of her many bedtime fears, I told her that Uncle Dan’s friend Jeremy is an exterminator and he’s checked our home a few times and she can rest assured that we do not have bedbugs.. and if we did, he’d come right over and kill them…. More

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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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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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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