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Ask Mr. Dad: Enjoy the water and safety this summer

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Dear Mr. Dad: My 4-year old twins are crazy about swimming or floating or doing pretty much anything in and around water. On one hand, I'm thrilled. I swam in high-school and college, and I'm looking forward to having them follow in my footsteps. On the other, I'm scared. I'm a stay-at-home mom, and there is no way I can keep an eye on them ...Read more

Ex-etiquette: Dad upset to find ex, son in his house after school

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Q. I came home from work early yesterday and found my ex and our 10-year-old son in my house. They were sitting in his room talking, but I think it was wrong that she was there. We have not been together for two years, and our son spends a week with me and a week with her. She does not have a key, it's not even a house we have lived in ...Read more

Ask Mr. Dad: Beyond DadBod: Why men's health is a woman's issue

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Dear Mr. Dad: My husband doesn't exercise, he eats tons of fried foods and sugary drinks, and hasn't been to see a doctor in years. Worse than that, our two sons, ages 8 and 10, are following in their dad's footsteps. I'm really worried. Why won't my husband take better care of himself?

A: I really wish I had an answer to that question, but the...Read more

Ex-etiquette: Mom's view that her own Dad and ex share faults is clouding picture

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Q. My ex is driving me crazy. He reminds me so much of my father -- who also drives me crazy. My dad had substance abuse problems for most of my life and has never quite gotten it together. My ex is just the same. He's far more educated that his job requires, he's always late to everything, his house is a mess, but the kids love to be there! ...Read more

Ex-etiquette: If BBQ makes ex uncomfortable at graduation, cook up a compromise

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Q. My daughter is graduating this weekend, and her father and I are at odds as to how to handle the celebration afterwards. I want everyone to come over to my home for a casual BBQ, and he wants to take everyone out to dinner. My daughter tells me she would prefer the BBQ, but understands her father might be uncomfortable at my home now that I...Read more

Ask Mr. Dad: How to tame a 1-year-old's hitting and biting

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Biting the Hand that Feeds

Dear Mr. Dad: Our son just turned one, and, almost like flipping a switch, he went from the sweetest, happiest little guy to smacking and biting. It's bad enough when it happens at home, but my husband and I are beyond embarrassed when he attacks friends or strangers. Is it normal for babies to turn mean like this? ...Read more

Ask Mr. Dad: Introducing kids to sports requires being a good sport

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Dear Mr. Dad. When I was a kid, I did every possible sport -- baseball, football, soccer, gymnastics, basketball, track. What's the best way to introduce my 4-year-old son to sports?

A: A lot of dads start dreaming about their children's future athletic performance from time their wife says the words, "We're expecting." It's easy to imagine ...Read more

Ex-etiquette: Dad she hasn't seen for years suddenly wants to meet on Father's Day

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Q. I haven't seen my father in over 10 years. He is an alcoholic and he left my mother and me when I was 9. For some reason that is beyond my comprehension, he has contacted my mother and would like to see me this Father's Day. I have very bad memories of his rants, and I do not want to see him -- ever! My mother says I am an adult and she ...Read more

Ex-etiquette: Son doesn't want to see ex; what should I do?

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Q. My ex and I have been divorced for 10 years, and we share equal custody of our three sons. Our oldest son, 15, and his father recently had a fight, and my son refuses to speak to him and no longer wants to go back and forth between homes. His father has called me and told me to make our son talk to him. His father is a jerk, and I ...Read more

Ask Mr. Dad: Time to volunteer and take the kids

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Dear Mr. Dad: I have to admit that my wife and I have been a bit self-centered in our adult lives, focusing on our work, earning money and supporting the family. We've done quite well financially, and we've both decided that we should start giving something back to our community. We want to get our kids involved, too, but they're pretty young ...Read more

Ex-etiquette: Second wife peeved that Mom still included in family events

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Q. I just finished reading your book "Ex-Etiquette for Parents." Kudos for this clear and concise guide to etiquette for blended families and showing how it can be done!

Having been a bonusmom for 18 years now, I was proud to read that we did many things "right" in terms of co-parenting. My husband and ex-wife did not communicate or work ...Read more

Ask Mr. Dad: Dad worried that son plays with dolls

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Dear Mr. Dad: I'm worried about my eight-year-old son. He loves sports and does a lot of "boy" things, but sometimes I find him playing with dolls. Does this mean he's gay? Is there a way to tell this early on? And if he is gay, what should we do?

A: Whew, that's a lot of questions, so let's dive right in. Boys play with dolls all the time -- ...Read more

Ask Mr. Dad: Morning sickness knows no hours

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Mr. Dad: My girlfriend is about a month pregnant -- her second baby but my first. I'm concerned because she's nauseated and vomiting all day long. She calls it "morning sickness" and says she had the same thing with her first baby and that it's normal. But doesn't the name imply that the problems should be limited to the morning? Either way, ...Read more

Ex-etiquette: What to tell 'Dad' when fling leads to pregnancy

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Q. About two months ago I met a guy in an airport bar on my way across the country. We had a great evening, exchanged phone numbers afterwards and went our separate ways. Here's the problem: I'm pregnant -- and I've decided to keep my baby. Here's the question: Do I have to tell him? I don't want anything from him. I do quite well financially ...Read more

Ex-etiquette: Kids want to be with both moms on Mother's Day

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Q. My husband and his ex-wife have a pretty healthy relationship. I have been with him for five years and we've all worked pretty hard at it. Our collective kids, now all teenagers, are very close and regard each other as siblings. As a result, we are now faced with something new. MY kids want to include HER in our Mother's Day celebration. My ...Read more

Ask Mr. Dad: Keeping close with long-distance parenting

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Dear Mr. Dad: My ex and I share custody of our son (age 6), but because we live a few hundred miles apart, I sometimes don't get to see him for a few weeks. My wife was the one who moved away after we broke up. In between, I really miss him and I worry that he'll forget who I am or won't want to see me when we finally get together. I sometimes ...Read more

Ex-etiquette: Dad lets new woman sleep over when kids are there

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Q. My ex and I split up about six months ago. We were married for 10 years and share custody. Last week the kids came home from his house and told me, "Daddy had a woman spend the night." I was horrified! I didn't think he would ever do that! What do I do?

A. You think you know your ex because you lived with him or her for a number of years, ...Read more

Ask Mr. Dad: Why you should wrestle with your daughter

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Dear Mr. Dad: I've got twins -- one girl, one boy -- and we love wrestling together. I always thought I was treating them the same, but a few days ago, my wife told me that she's thinks I play very differently with them -- very physically with my son and much more gentle with my daughter. I started paying attention and I have to admit that she...Read more

Ask Mr. Dad: Babies can sometimes bring out the worst in us

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Dear Mr. Dad: I'm a new dad, and I sometimes get incredibly angry when my son cries. Of course, I haven't acted on my anger, but I'm feeling really guilty that I get so mad in the first place. I've always been a pretty patient guy, but I don't think I've ever had such intense feelings before. Am I a bad parent?

A: Babies have an amazing ...Read more

Ex-etiquette: Plan child exchanges so ex can avoid new boyfriend

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Q. My ex and I live an hour away from each other. We've been broken-up for two months, and we are attempting to share our three-year-old daughter. My ex doesn't want my new boyfriend at the exchanges -- we actually started seeing each other before I moved out -- but my boyfriend is the only one with a driver's license. I don't know how to pick...Read more


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