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Rude Kids: How to (Politely) Put a Stop to It

This week’s question comes from a reader named Jill, who is getting increasingly exasperated by the rude behavior of one of the children in her carpool. “Everyone always says ‘it takes a village,’ yet what do you do as a parent when someone else’s child is perpetually rude to you?” Jill wrote. By rude, Jill means: “rude at your house […]

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Give Me That Babysitter, I Saw Her First!

“Dear Michelle: I complete disagree with your column saying a friend is wrong for not sharing a babysitter. NO WAY! It’s hard enough to find a reliable available sitter,” wrote a reader named JACM1234. “Add to that friends homing in on the same sitter, and we’ve found ourselves hosed when we really needed a sitter,” JACM1234 wrote. “True friends understand […]

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How Do You Handle a Determined Lip Kisser?

As far as I’m concerned, there are two kinds of people in life: those who kiss you on the lips, and those who kiss you on the cheek. ACCEPTABLE LIP KISSERS Your spouse/romantic partner Your toddler Your grandfather Your former boyfriend QUESTIONABLE LIP KISSERS Your teenage child Your siblings Your best friend UNACCEPTABLE LIP KISSERS Your neighbor Your coworker Anyone […]

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What Your Babysitter is Thinking

In this month’s issue of Real Simple, a reader wrote to say that her friend told her to find her own babysitter, instead of sharing. “You said this person was not being a true friend, and I completely disagree,” writes Gracie1220. “I am a babysitter,” Gracie1220 writes. “I have worked with children for ten years, and I was a preschool […]

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How I Spend My Day: the Dream vs. the Reality

Do you ever get to the end of the day and ask yourself, “OK, where did that one go?”  I feel like I do frequently, and not just when I’m particularly sleep deprived or overwhelmed by meetings and emails and dog hair.  It’s more that the array of things we have to accomplish on any given Wednesday is just so […]

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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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Do You Eat Your Kids’ Leftovers?

One of the devils I didn’t feel applied to me too much was little devils—a.k.a., eating your kids’ leftovers. Yes, I do have a toddler, but she eats pretty much what we eat, so I don’t often have the opportunity to snatch, say, fries off her plate or finish up her mac and cheese. But this little devil reared its […]

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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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Five Battles That Aren’t Worth Fighting With Teenagers, and Five That Are

A highly subjective list, from this mother of three boys: It is not worth fighting over… 1) Wearing a winter coat instead of that flimsy springlike thing, even though it is 25 degrees. 2) Rearranging his room so it’s more aesthetically pleasing to you. 3) Cutting his hair in a way that’s more aesthetically pleasing to you. 4) The ability […]

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