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Ask Amy: Single mom wrestles with tough choices

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

If a child probes further, you can say, “Well, that’s sort of personal, and I don’t really want to talk about it, but I’m just glad I’m not hurt anymore.”

Dear Amy: Your response to “Snacked” bordered on insulting. Because a grandfather was giving his grandchild cookies, you suggested he might steer the child "...toward less benign choices.” Like what? No car seat, foul language, drugs!

Most of us grandparents are able to make the distinction between cookies, and much more dangerous choices. How dare you! Your contemptuous, suspicious tone toward this Grandpa was obvious and offensive.

– Upset

Dear Upset: I was exaggerating for effect. Unfortunately, it seems to have worked.



(You can email Amy Dickinson at or send a letter to Ask Amy, P.O. Box 194, Freeville, NY 13068. You can also follow her on Twitter @askingamy or Facebook.)

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