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Our Children Are Not Us

When I started as an undergraduate, I was determined to tackle the field of medicine. After realizing there was little space in my heart for biology, I decided to change my major. Being my bold self, I did not tell my mother until the deed was done. Eventually we got around to having the conversation, and after a bit of reluctance, she grew to accept my choice to go into a field that offered much less money. (Much less.) That was not the story for some classmates. During an activity, a classmate disclosed that he only majored in biology because his father told him he had to. His father was a doctor and wanted him to become one too. Considering my classmate’s love for art, I thought it was the most ridiculous thing I had heard. How could anyone force a child to choose between a passion and a namesake?… More

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Young teen girl and friendship issue

s. m. asks from Peterborough

I’ll try to keep this short but it’s confusing to me. My daughter is a freshman in HS. She had a fun group of friends in elementary. The friends all went to the public middle school together. We sent her to a private middle school bc she potentially had a learning is...

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Happy New Year, here’s the resolution you never wanted.

by OC Real Mom

The year started off just fine, super fun actually, but then my body decided to give me a resolution I never wanted, another dietary challenge.

If you know anything about me, you know I eat gluten and dairy free. If you are new to my world, I’ve been gluten-free for almost seven years, and dairy free for about one…. More

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My daughter is not interested in her dad at all

E. M. asks from Deptford

We are both working parents, but my almost 3 year old greatly prefers me and it's not good for anyone. I can't catch a break bc everything is "No I want mommy." She doesn't want him to read her a story, to tuck her in, etc. She even purposefully ignores his questions lik...

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What to fix for School bag lunch?

D. S. asks from Maricopa

As I noted in another post I am babysitting my grands for a couple of weeks and I have to pack school lunches. It’s been a while since I’ve had to do this. Please give me some suggestions. Something easy and fast. And something they will actually eat.

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Do I need a temporary power of attorney?

D. S. asks from Maricopa

Do I need a temporary power of attorney? My daughter and her husband will be out of the country for about two weeks. I will be taking care of their two children. A four and eight-year-old. Do I need to worry about temporary power of attorney? They may be hard to reach.

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How long to wait before moving on

M. G. asks from Portland

Hi everyone My daughter invited a friend over. She asked her if she'd like to come over and heard back "Maybe". She waited to hear back - nothing. It dragged on and on. My daughter reached back out to her again, and nothing. Meanwhile, we had an invitation...

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Spelling Flash Cards for 7th Grade?

S. M. asks from Portland

I cannot find a commercial product consisting of flash cards for 7th grade. Is anyone here aware of anything like that? I am not looking for online spelling tests, or online cards that I print out. Thanks. Sean

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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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A Day That Ended With The Christmas Tree In The Yard

I have been married for 15 GLORIOUS years. My spouse, like most husbands, does not especially enjoy honey do lists. For years I have talked about outdoor holiday lighting. I see to the indoor decorations, but outside stays mostly unimpressive. We live in a neighborhood where many families let their Christmas cheer spill over into their yards. I love driving through the streets at night and beholding the wonderment of every lit up home…. More

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That Time I Left Youth Football In An Ambulance

by Tonja Bell of "Bell on Heels"

I love football. So when my son begged to play rec league three years ago, I was beyond thrilled. I am just Jonathan’s mom on the sidelines. I probably have a reputation for being overzealous where my kids are concerned. My middle school band son said that I am no longer allowed to dance beside the brass section at the football games when he performs…. More

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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...

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our son 14 now has suffered from nausea for the past 5 years .

C. S. asks from Boston

he has had all the tests going and the doctors are no further forward . Thanks for all your replies. I was asking to see if anyone knew of another child with this one symptom of chronic nausea. He has had tests for ear imbalance(head MRI),full blood tests, H Pylori, coel...

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11 year old boy gaining a large amount of weight?

L. R. asks from Boston

I am getting a little concerned that my eleven-year-old boy is putting on too much weight through the mid-section. He was underweight during his first two years of life and the pediatricians kept encouraging me to increase his caloric intake, although he has always eate...