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On-the-road parents

When working spouse has to travel, commitment and communication keep families anchored

Subscriber onlyChris French readily admits life would be easier if his wife, Stacie, a flight attendant, didn't travel regularly for work, leaving him with child-rearing duties plus a full-time job. Continue reading...

Creature Feature

Subscriber onlyMy house cat is approximately 10 years old. She has recently stopped urinating in her litter box and has chosen a rug at our back door. I bought a new litter box, which she used for a few days but has reverted back to the rug. What can I do to get her back to using her box? Continue reading...

Refresher course for grandmas starts here

Subscriber onlyOnce in a great while an idea comes along like a bolt of lightning out of the blue, dazzling you with its brilliance and making you want to shout it from the rooftops. Continue reading...

Child's tantrums ceased once adults retook reins

Subscriber onlyOne of the biggest problems among today's parents concerns their tendency to think in psychological terms about their children's behavior problems. Continue reading...

MONEY MATTERS

Subscriber onlyDEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: My brother is the executor of our father's estate. Dad died two years ago, and "David" distributed most of the $600,000 in the estate a few months later. But it has been 21 months since Dad's death, and David's still holding back $10,000, half of which is mine. He admits that all of Dad's bills have been paid, but says he needs to keep $10,000 in the estate for three years after Dad's final tax returns were filed in case the IRS decides to audit them. That means holding on to the money for another 18 months! By the way, it's not as if David believes there's a problem with the returns. He says he "just wants to be on the safe side." Isn't this unreasonable? If Dad's estate ends up owing the IRS something, of course I'll pay my share. But meanwhile, I could use my $5,000. Frankly, I think what's really going on is that my brother, with whom I'm not close, is enjoying making me wait. Continue reading...

EX-ETIQUETTE

Subscriber onlyQ My ex and I have a son and have been trying to co-parent for five years. There have been ups and downs -- she was resentful that I did not suggest marriage, but we hardly knew each other and I didn't think that would be the answer. Things have gotten really bad since I got married last year and my wife is now pregnant. The exchanges are extremely hostile, with my ex yelling obscenities at my wife in front of our son. Now my son says he doesn't want to go back to his mother. What's good ex-etiquette? Continue reading...

Parents set example on how to use media wisely

Subscriber onlyWorking out and eating right are at the top of most people's New Year's resolutions. Continue reading...

Sibling rivalry resolution

Learn when to step in and how to negotiate lasting household harmony

Subscriber onlySiblings can be the best -- and the worst -- of friends. Continue reading...

Creature Feature

Subscriber onlyThis might be a weird question, but I want to know if my dog needs more calories in cold weather than he does in warm weather. Even though we haven't had much cold weather, I know it's coming. My dog (Sam) is male, 6 years old and weighs about 45 pounds. Sam is mostly an indoor dog, but I take him for walks and sometimes to play at the dog park. Continue reading...

14 top family-friendly movies of 2016

Subscriber onlyFrom edge-of-your-seat adventures and stunning fantasy worlds to moving true stories and powerful role models, these 14 movies offered the best of 2016 for children, teens and families, but it's not too late to watch them in 2017. Continue reading...

Each day, each year, we all get fresh start

Subscriber onlyEvery year, in some quiet moment as the new year starts, I reach into my heart and pull out a memory. Continue reading...

PARENTING: Parents, not children, are family's top priority

Subscriber onlyI recently asked a married couple who have three children, none of whom are yet teens, "Who are the most important people in your family?" Continue reading...

MONEY MATTERS

Subscriber onlyDEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: My 82-year-old mother has been subsidizing my sister's extravagant lifestyle for years. "Jessica" eats only all-natural and gluten-free foods (not that she has celiac disease or any other health issues) and dines only at expensive restaurants -- all on Mom's dime. Meanwhile, Mom continues to work full time and pays my sister close to $200,000 a year to be her part-time "assistant," a fake job if ever there was one. Plus, when Jessica did a $250,000 restoration on her own home, Mom picked up the entire tab. How can I put an end to my sister's freeloading? I'm disgusted by the situation, but I don't know what to do about it. By the way, there's no quid pro quo here: My sister isn't looking after Mom or helping her in some other way. Continue reading...

EX-ETIQUETTE

Subscriber onlyQ My husband died eight years ago after 30 years of marriage. I'm now in a committed relationship, and I've made it clear to my new partner that I have no intention of marrying. He seems resigned to that and it rarely comes up. Here's my problem: Over the years I have become friends with one of my brothers-in-law. While I live in the United States, he lives in Canada and I've not seen him face-to-face in years. I'm going to Canada soon (to visit other family members), and I want to spend a few days with him. My partner says "no," naming all of the obvious reasons -- sleeping with him is at the top of the list. I feel I have a right to see my brother-in-law. We have never entertained the kind of a relationship my partner is afraid of. I've told my partner that both relationships are equally important to me. What's good ex-etiquette? Continue reading...