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Ask Mr. Dad: Missing fatherhood before it even begins

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Dear Mr. Dad: My first baby is due in a few months, but I'm going to miss the birth. I've been out of work for more than a year and just landed a great job. The problem is I need to go to across the country for a six-week training that starts on my baby's due date. The company is very family-friendly, but this session is mandatory. We burned ...Read more

Ex-etiquette: Set a good example on Halloween

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Q: In the past you have suggested divorced parents both go trick-or-treating with their kids. I hate my ex. We have been divorced for almost five years and she's still a selfish, obnoxious person and I don't want to be anywhere near her. I can't cover up my disgust and that can't be good for my children to witness -- but we did not put Halloween...Read more

Ex-etiquette: Approach holidays differently after divorce

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Q: Although my husband grew up with divorced parents, I did not, but recently my parents also divorced and all are now with new partners or remarried. This means my husband and I have to travel to four different homes around the holidays. My husband takes this in his stride, but I'm stressing because we have a two year old and all this traveling...Read more

Ask Mr. Dad: The scientific case for the five-second rule

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Dear Mr. Dad: We're a few months away from becoming parents for the first time and we've been sanitizing our house to prepare it for our baby. We've got antibacterial soaps all over the place -- no one's going to touch our baby with dirty hands! We're planning to give away our dog -- we've had him for a long time and he's very sweet, but we're ...Read more

Ex-etiquette: Good co-parenting would allow kids to attend grandmother's funeral

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Q: My mother passed away unexpectedly earlier this week while our children, ages 10 and 12, were in their father's care. The kids were very close to her. I made him aware of her passing when I asked him to swap time with me so that the kids and I could attend her funeral out of state. He declined, and expected me to allow the children to stay ...Read more

Ask Mr. Dad: Is your child screen dependent?

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Dear Mr. Dad: My 13-year-old son is a complete screen addict. He's on his phone or a game console or a computer all the time. You've written a lot about how to get kids to unplug, and I know that as the parent, I can shut off his phone or remove the devices from the house. But things are complicated because he really does need to use the phone ...Read more

Ask Mr. Dad: Postpartum depression affects men, too

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Dear Mr. Dad: I'm a new dad, and a month or so after our son was born, my wife started acting strangely. Thanks to an article you wrote a while back, I recognized the signs of postpartum depression -- she was sleeping more than usual, putting on weight, crying a lot, losing interest in things she loved to do, and generally not liking motherhood....Read more

Ex-etiquette: Forbidding calls, texts to ex, sends wrong message

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Q: My ex will not allow our children to call me or text me when they are with him. He doesn't know that our 10-year-old sneaks to make calls late at night and my oldest texts me from high school. This can't be good ex-etiquette. What do you suggest?

A: Of course it's not good ex-etiquette; the kids should be able to contact both of you anytime ...Read more

Ex-etiquette: Distant daughter

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Q: My ex and I share custody of our daughter, and lately I've noticed that my daughter never wants to talk to me when she is at her mother's house. She seems happy at my house and likes to talk to her mom when she calls, but distant and withdrawn from me when she's with her mom. I've discussed this with her mother, but since it's not happening ...Read more

Ask Mr. Dad: Bullying: When the victim becomes the perpetrator

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Dear Mr. Dad: My son just started in middle school and the dean called to tell me that my son is bullying several of his classmates. I find this hard to believe: I've never seen him treat anyone badly and no one else has ever told me otherwise. Plus, back in elementary school, he was constantly bullied because he was overweight (although he had ...Read more

Ex-etiquette: Relationships are a two-way street

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Q: My son and his wife of 10 years divorced two years ago. His ex-wife had three sons from a previous relationship, now well into adulthood and going to college. When they were married we considered her sons to be our grandsons. We celebrated Christmas and birthdays together and have always offered them the same presents as our biological ...Read more

Ask Mr. Dad: Lightening the load of kids' backpacks

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Dear Mr. Dad: My 13-year-old son's backpack weighs a ton (actually, 25 pounds, but it feels like a ton), and I'm afraid he's going to hurt himself hauling it around. You've talked about the dangers of overloaded packs before, but as far as I can tell, backpacks don't seem to be getting any smaller. I suggested that he get a wheelie backpack, but...Read more

Ask Mr. Dad: For grandpa, second chances really do exist

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Dear Mr. Dad: I'm in my early 70s now and just retired. I put in long hours and traveled a lot when I was working, so I wasn't around for my son and daughter as much as I wish I could have been. But now that I'm a grandfather, I don't want to miss an opportunity to build strong relationships with my grandkids. The problem is, I don't know how. ...Read more

Ex-etiquette: What's in a name?

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Q: I divorced 5 years ago, after 26 years of marriage. I took my husband's last name, and we have three children (now grown). I kept my married name after divorce to have the same name as my children and because that was the name I eventually became known professionally. Now I am getting married to a man who has been married 3 times; I will be ...Read more

Ask Mr. Dad: Sports dreams: Are they yours or your child's?

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Dear Mr. Dad. My 5-year old daughter loves sports. My wife wants to sign her up for all sorts of teams but I'm not so sure. When I was a kid, my dad put a lot of pressure on me to do every sport possible and was so obnoxious on the sidelines that I ended up hating it. I don't want to put my daughter through the same thing. When's the "right" ...Read more

Ex-etiquette: Dad and daughter's troubled relationship puts mom in the middle

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Q: My nine-year-old daughter and her dad were always very close, but last year he moved across country to live with his girlfriend and her two daughters and their communication has virtually stopped. He calls, leaves messages, and gets very angry with me when she doesn't call him back. I understand the importance of teaching respect for her dad...Read more

Ask Mr. Dad: When it comes to discipline, babies are like cats. Really

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Dear Mr. Dad: My 7-month old baby is a holy terror. He's a very active crawler and is already starting to climb all over the place too, plus he puts everything into his mouth! It seems like I'm always saying "No" to him, but he just ignores me and keeps on doing what he's doing. He definitely needs discipline. What can I do to punish him in a ...Read more

Ex-etiquette: Kids vacation with dad, girlfriend; mom feels betrayed

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Q: My ex has lived with a woman for about a year and a half. It was fine at first and I didn't mind, but they recently went on a trip with the kids, ages 8 and 11, and I realized this isn't ok with me -- to the point where I feel my boys have betrayed me by going on an overnight with them. I don't want to even talk to them when they come home. I...Read more

Ask Mr. Dad: Stepping into a blended family

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Dear Mr. Dad: I'm divorced and have three children from that marriage. I'm engaged to a great guy and we're very happy. The one trouble area is that he never seems quite comfortable around my kids (he doesn't have any of his own) and often tells me that he doesn't feel like he truly belongs. How can I help him feel like a real member of the ...Read more

Ex-etiquette: Set clear boundaries for relationship with ex

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Q: My ex has been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and he's fine when he takes his meds, but when he doesn't, he's extremely unpredictable and he scares me a little. That's the reason we broke up -- I never knew what to expect. Lately he's been contacting me again with a lot of "remember whens" and I sort of feel like he's stalking me. I don't ...Read more


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