more about: family

How to Win on National Scrabble Day

Did you know that today is National Scrabble Day? In honor of the “holiday” take a look at these 10 short words words from Mental Floss that can help you out in a pinch (and occasionally rack up some high scores). 1. Aa definition: basaltic lava having a rough surface 2.  Qat definition: a flowering plant native to East Africa […]

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No One Offered to Throw a Shower? Plan Your Own

A couple of readers have said they disagree (thanks for writing, ngarner29 and ynwa098) with my opinion that it’s perfectly fine to throw your own party to celebrate your wedding or new baby: ynwa098: I am simply stunned by your statement in the April issue of Real Simple that it’s appropriate to throw your own shower. This is NEVER appropriate, […]

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A Nice Problem to Have: Both Families Want to Pay for the Wedding

This week’s etiquette question comes from a reader named Mike66, who is getting married – congratulations! – and already finds himself in the middle of a skirmish between the in laws over cash. But it’s not the usual fight over who has to pay… In this case, the bride’s family was planning to foot the bill for the wedding and reception. […]

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Weigh In: Who Should Get the Wedding China?

A young mother dies when her son is 6. She had no sisters, so her brother’s wife packs away her wedding china. Thirty years later, after the boy is grown and married, the china reappears, causing problems. Here’s why: “After my husband’s mother died when he was six, (his aunt) held it for 30 years until she handed it down […]

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Let’s Put an End to This

Ellen Seidman is a woman I worked with years ago when we were both editors at Glamour. While we were working together (well, not actually during work hours, but during the years we were colleagues) Ellen gave birth to a son, Max, who had a stroke when he was born. Max has cerebral palsy, is both a challenge and a […]

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Dad to Daughter’s Laptop: ‘Bang Bang, You’re Dead’

In the eight days since a fed-up North Carolina dad who shot up his teenage daughter’s laptop with a .45-caliber pistol uploaded a YouTube video that documents the incident, more than 25 million viewers—parents and children alike—have watched him pump eight bullets into the computer. “That right there is your laptop. You see it’s out there on the ground. This […]

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Wanted: “He Is Such a Role Model for Men”

Over the weekend I was reading a story in the New York Times about Sheryl Sandberg, she of Facebook fame, Silicon Valley royalty, and—soon—more than a billion dollars. The article was about how Sandberg is much more than Facebook’s COO; she has become a role model for women everywhere, in the world of technology and beyond. She has two young children […]

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‘R u on the toilet right now? Me too’

After two decades as a wife and mother, I thought I had pretty much seen it all in the “weird behavior” department. Then some of my family members (who know who you are) got addicted to texting in the toilet. It started one time after the phone rang and I got a text—“can u answer that, i am busy”— from […]

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Call Me ‘Mrs. Rockefeller’ (My Husband Does)

My husband is a reasonable man. After all, he generally can be counted on to agree with me when it comes to the big issues in life. For instance, we both believe that babies should be able to sleep through the night by the time they weigh 12 pounds; that Labrador retriever puppies are the most irresistible creatures on earth, […]

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The Drum Teacher Says I Remind Him of the Mother on “Modern Family.” Is This an Insult?

My middle son has a wonderful drum teacher. His name is Josh and he is a musician and seems to have boundless energy. He is also a lot of fun, and really appreciates Middle’s sense of humor—always a plus where Middle and his mom are concerned. When the lessons began a couple of years ago, I said to my son, […]

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