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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...


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. ...


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...


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.


How to fire nanny because of language barrier?

C. E. asks from Deerfield

I hired our nanny about 5 months ago and am struggling with how to let her go. She speaks Spanish and very little to no English at all. I knew that she didn’t speak English well when I hired her but she said she was eager to learn and wanted to nanny in an English spea...


Kitchen remodel derailed by bad appraisal

S. M. asks from Chicago

***ADDITIONAL INFO BELOW*** My husband and I decided to finally remodel our outdated kitchen. Our plan was to do a total kitchen remodel which is very pricey so we applied for a loan. Prior to applying for the loan my sister-in-law (who is a realtor) did a market ana...


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


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


Moisturizer or Not for teen acne??

N. R. asks from Chicago

My teenager has mild to moderate acne. Top rated dermatologists had lengthy wait lists so friends recommended we go to our pediatrician. Peds office says they are well-versed dealing with this, as I'm sure they are. But, our doc (after recommending OTC Clearasil and Diff...


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


Birthday party ideas for my preteen

S. M. asks from Chicago

Hi friends, I’m looking for suggestions for my almost 12 year old son’s upcoming birthday. We have a party planned at our house in a few weeks and I’m struggling trying to think of some sort of activity that would be fun for their age group. The weather is always i...


Depression screening for tween-teens

J. g. asks from Chicago

I took my 11 year old for her yearly physical and she was given a depression screening. In the paperwork for this doctor's office (we just changed doctors), it says that the depression screening is standard from 11-16. Has your child been given this?


Cat Hair and legos

J. g. asks from Chicago

I have two kids that love legos, thus I have a few lego work spaces. We also have a cat that climbs on everything. I am not a cat person, and I am struggling with cat hair. Advise on how to remove, tame, and prevent cat hair from being all over the place? In an idea...