Q: Every so often Facebook sends me a suggestion for "friends" -- "People you might know." I saw my stepdaughter's name and visited her page. It's filled with pictures of the family, my husband included, but none of me. I reached out and asked to be a friend -- thinking I could keep up on Facebook. This was a week ago. I saw her yesterday and ...Read more
Dear Mr. Dad: My 7-month old baby is happy and playful when he's at home. But when I take him to my new dads' group (yes, that's a real thing), he seems to have zero interest in interacting with the other kids. The same thing happens at the park or anywhere else where there are other babies. I'm worried that there's something wrong with him or ...Read more
Dear Mr. Dad: I work pretty far away from my home and typically spend nearly two hours in the car each way. I also travel a lot for business. I know it's not a perfect situation, but I'm not in a position to make a change right now. The biggest problem is that I feel like I don't have a role in my children's life anymore. They're 7 and 10. When ...Read more
Q. My ex and I share our kids' time equally -- one week with me, one week with her. I just remarried and my new wife is very concerned that the kids are telling my ex what goes on in our home. She's instructed them to say nothing to their mom, and now they don't want to come back. I don't know what to do. What's good ex-etiquette?
A. It ...Read more
Dear Mr. Dad: My girlfriend and I just found out that she's pregnant. She wants me to go to all the doctor visits with her, but I don't see the point. I know that it's important for me to be involved after the baby is born, and I intend to be. But aside from supporting my girlfriend, I don't get how I can actually be involved during the ...Read more
Q. My boyfriend lives with his ex. He tells me they are just roommates now, but they dated for about six months. They have been roommates for about 10 months. I have been dating him for three months, but I have never been to his home. He recently asked me to move in, too. He says she would have a room of her own. What do you think?
A. I think ...Read more
Q. My ex is in jail for beating me up, and his family has been harassing me through social media because they want to see the kids. You are always talking about good ex-etiquette. Good ex-etiquette is for families who have some sense. My family is crazy, and I'm afraid what they will do -- and what my ex will do when he gets out of jail. I'm not...Read more
Dear Mr. Dad: I enjoy reading your columns every week. You recently wrote about kids making the transition from elementary to middle school. Your suggestion of keeping the communication lines open with teens is excellent. More listening than talking is very good indeed. But I think you focused too much on the parents and how they should stay in ...Read more
The Case of the Halloween Heist (Magical Mystery Series) (Volume 1)Brenda Elser
When Eva, Lauren and Robert receive a mysterious note telling them that all the Halloween candy in their neighborhood has been stolen (and exchanged for dental floss?) they decide that the thief has messed with the wrong Junior Detectives!
They set off to track down and return the ...
Q. My 7-year-old son has always been a handful, but now that his father and I have separated, he's really acting up. His father says he never acts like that at his house, but I don't believe it. I'm thinking about sneaking over and observing through the windows. I know you'll probably tell me that's not good ex-etiquette, but I don't know what ...Read more
Dear Mr. Dad: My husband and I are in a religiously mixed marriage. Before we had kids, it wasn't an issue and we usually just did our own thing. But ever since our daughter was born, everything seems a lot more complicated. Each of us is committed to our own religion and to our marriage. How are we supposed to raise our children?
A: Well, ...Read more
Q. After being married for a year I found out my husband was further in debt than he confided prior to our marriage. I now understand why he never wanted to buy a house -- he's hundreds of thousands in debt. If he had been honest I would have married him anyway, just would have waited until his finances were more in order. I couldn't take it, ...Read more
Dear Mr. Dad: My son is starting middle school next week. His previous school was K-5 so this is a new one for him. He's nervous and, honestly, so am I. He's a smart kid but has always had trouble finishing assignments and turning work in on time. I'm worried that if he does the same in middle school, he'll be setting himself up for even more ...Read more
Q: I have been going through a divorce for four years. There's a lot of financial stuff and my ex is dragging his feet, so I've moved on to another relationship. My ex is demanding that my children not be around my boyfriend. I want to cooperate, but he moved in with me six months ago. I didn't tell my ex because he is so jealous and has a ...Read more
Q. My partner and I have decided to split up after 11 years of being together. We have no children, but we do have a business we built from the ground up. Neither of us wants to give up the business, and we are considering continuing to work together once one of us moves out of the house. Do you think this is a good idea? What's good ex-...Read more
Dear Mr. Dad. I have a five-year old daughter who is obsessed with sex. Every day she's got a new question that I don't know how to answer, like, "How do babies get in there?" and "What's sex?" She's fascinated by other kids' private parts and spends a lot of time touching her own. How can I answer her questions, and how can I keep her from ...Read more
Dear Mr. Dad: I'm engaged to an amazing man with a 9-year old son who's with him every other weekend. When I first started going out with his father, the boy and I got along great. But the closer we get to the marriage, the worse things get between us. I've tried to talk with him about it, but he just screams at me that, "You're not my mother!" ...Read more
Q. School is starting in a few weeks, and my son will be attending a different school. His mother and I just broke up. We have to sell the house and move. Do you have any tips to make changing schools easier on my son and on his mother and me?
A: Because the first rule of good ex-etiquette is put the children first, let's start with your son. ...Read more
Q.: I understand the importance of both parents interacting in the best interest of their child, but anticipating a conversation with my son's father makes my stomach queasy. So much so that I recently suggested he pick our son up at my mother's house. Is that good ex-etiquette?
A.: That's not a bad idea if your relationship is so volatile ...Read more
Dear Mr. Dad: I'm 34 and my wife is just a few weeks away from giving birth to our first baby. I'm excited about becoming a dad, but my anxiety levels over the past week have been through the roof, and sometimes I feel like I'm having a heart attack. On top of my shortness of breath and dizziness, I'm also breaking out in hives. I've seen my ...Read more
Q. My ex and I have two children under three. She now lives an hour and half away from me. It was a difficult break-up, and there's a restraining order against me that lists the kids. I have high blood pressure, and I also had a stroke right around the time she left. Rehabilitation was difficult, but I'm back driving now and working as a ...Read more