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Ask Amy: First pregnancy ups the ante with tough love

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear HO: My first suggestion is that you consider making a trip to see your folks that lasts long enough to actually get this train up and running.

In 10 years’ time, you might wish you had spent an entire week with your parents when they were in their 70s, where all you did was hang out and play, with no particular agenda.

Another idea is to tell your father, “I’m sorry this hobby never ‘took,’ but there is another fun way to play with this train set…” and show him the magic of selling these collectables online. In the original packaging, these pieces could bring in a nice profit.

Dear Amy: Responding to the question from “Feeling Helpless,” why should this child’s grandparents bear the financial responsibility for his mental health treatment? What are his parents doing?

I have multiple grandchildren and I love all of them, but I would not be able to pay for that kind of treatment.

– Disappointed


Dear Disappointed: I assumed that the grandparents were asked to pay for this residential treatment because the family was tapped out.


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