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Primer for new parents

Old hands offer survival tips for baby’s first few years

Subscriber onlyChildren don't come with an instruction manual. Continue reading...

Creature Feature

Subscriber onlyOur cat, Claude, has started displaying odd behaviors. He wanders around the house at night and makes a lot of noise moaning and meowing. Sometimes he stands in the middle of our bedroom and yowls. He sounds so pitiful and it breaks my heart. I also think he's sleeping more than normal. Claude is 14 years old. Do cats get senile or have dementia? What are the signs? Continue reading...

Scattered, mixed-up family still finds love

Subscriber onlyWhat is a family? Continue reading...

Tantrum-throwing toddler knows what she's doing

Subscriber onlyQ My 30-month-old has started throwing tantrums when I do not give her or do for her what she wants. During her fits, she cries, screams, tries to hit and even bite me, and then, if I prevent her from hitting me, will hit herself. My mother says this needs to be nipped in the bud. She recommends spanking. I say my daughter really doesn't know what she's doing and is too young to be disciplined for this. I'm also concerned about her self-hitting. What do you say? Continue reading...

MONEY MANNERS

Subscriber onlyDEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: My 92-year-old mother gets Social Security and a pension from the military, but she lives in an assisted-living facility, and these payments don't cover all of her expenses. My brother and I chip in when we can, but still she's able to pay only the minimum amount on her credit card bill every month. What will happen to the balance she owes after her death? My brother's wondering if we should delay telling Social Security and Department of Veterans Affairs about Mom's death until her debts have been cleared. Continue reading...

Ex-Etiquette

Subscriber onlyQ My husband and I have a "yours, mine and ours" conglomeration we call our family. Six months ago my husband's oldest daughter, age 17, decided to come live with us. It has been hard on our marriage. Our other children, his relationship with his ex, my relationship with his ex -- everyone is up in arms. Continue reading...

Books to help your kids become better activists

Subscriber onlyAs protests and marches continue across the country, parents can use books to help them broach complex topics with their children. Many children recently attended protests for the first time and these budding activists often have tough questions. Continue reading...

Encouraging words

Advocates for the autistic say typing method gives them a voice, but schools are skeptical

Subscriber onlyIn a science class at Lakelands Park Middle School in Gaithersburg, Md., 13-year-old Mike Keller sat between his professional aide and his science partner during a lesson about how force affects balance. The Montgomery County teen, who has autism, stood up a few times in a burst of energy and once walked out of the room. But with some redirection from his aide, he appeared to focus on a series of questions that his teacher posted on the whiteboard. Continue reading...

Creature Feature

Subscriber onlyI have two small dogs and one cat so I am always fighting pet hair in my house. I have hardwood floors and there always seem to be dust bunnies made of cat and dog hair floating around. Any suggestions on how to control pet hair are appreciated. Continue reading...

High wind in spring is a sign of renewal

Subscriber onlyThe wind comes roaring out of the south, ferocious and hungry, an invisible lion on the hunt. Continue reading...

Feeling like it's time for a parenting revolution

Subscriber onlyThe 1960s is the problem with American parenting. Continue reading...

Ex-Etiquette

Subscriber onlyQ I've known my ex since high school. We were married 20 years and have two teenage boys who live a week with me and a week with him. He recently started dating a woman who is only seven years older than our oldest son. Evidently, she dresses like someone seven years older than my oldest son and my son tells me he's embarrassed to have his friends over because they make comments about "Dad's hot girlfriend." He's used the word "slutty," which is concerning. My son has asked me to talk to his dad, but I don't know what to say. What's good ex-etiquette? Continue reading...

MONEY MANNERS

Subscriber onlyDEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: When my father died, he left me a small retail building that for decades has been a stationery store and card shop, owned and operated by the same family. The rent they're paying is about 50 percent less than the rent on comparable properties, and I know why. Dad liked these folks, and as the internet eroded their business, he knew they couldn't afford to pay more. Continue reading...