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Ex-etiquette: Dating and the virus

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Q. My children's mother and I split up about two years ago. We co-parent well, but I have recently met someone and it looks like it's getting serious. I want to introduce her to my kids, but we are all on lockdown with this virus and I'm wondering if I should hold off for a while. What's good ex-etiquette?

A. I think your instinct to hold off ...Read more

Ex-etiquette: Other parent listening in on phone calls

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Q. Is it OK for the other parent to listen in on my phone calls with our child? My daughter can go to her room for privacy at my house, but when she is with her other parent she says the her other parent comes in to listen and it makes her feel uncomfortable, but she's too scared to ask for her privacy. It's uncomfortable for me as well. What's ...Read more

Ask Mr. Dad: OK, so now what am I supposed to do with her?

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Dear Mr. Dad: I'm a brand new dad and have never been more thrilled in my life. I want to be involved but I never babysat, am the first among my siblings and friends to have a child, and I have no clue what I'm supposed to do with my perfect new daughter. Got any suggestions?

A: Congrats on the new baby. From your level of enthusiasm, it's ...Read more

Ex-etiquette: Widow, children clash over her new love

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Q. My second husband was very ill the three years before he passed. I took care of him in our home the entire time. Being in my late 60s, I did not think I would ever meet someone else, but surprisingly, I did, six months to the day of his passing at the grocery store. We hit it off and have been dating for five months. His wife also passed. My ...Read more

Missouri Supreme Court strikes down ban on Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a Missouri law prohibiting Medicaid payments to abortion providers was unconstitutional.

Planned Parenthood sued the state two years ago after Missouri lawmakers changed the state budget to exclude abortion providers and any related affiliates from Medicaid. It is the sole ...Read more

Ex-etiquette: Co-parenting amid the protests

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Q. My ex is far more tenacious in her approach to what's going on in our nation. While I, of course sympathize with the Black Lives Matter movement, I believe change starts at home and that's how I choose to take my stand. She is quite vocal, participates in protests and wants to take our 6-year-old son with her "to educate" him. I say no, I'm ...Read more

Ask Mr. Dad: Arguing the right way

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Dear Mr. Dad: I remember a column you wrote a few years back about arguing in front of the kids, and, as I recall, you thought it might be a good thing. Like lots of couples these days, my husband and I have been arguing a lot more than usual. Sometimes it's about the coronavirus, sometimes it's about politics, and sometimes I'm not even sure ...Read more

Ex-etiquette: Here comes the bride … and the hurt feelings

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Q. My daughter is getting married at the end of the month and although it's just around the corner, we are still arguing about who will walk her down the aisle. She wants both her bonusdad and me (her father) to walk her, but I say absolutely not. For the record, I'm grateful we are all paying for this wedding, but still, it's the father's place...Read more

Ex-etiquette: Parenting conflicts unmasked

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Q. I am a fanatic about wearing a mask when my kids go out, but their dad doesn't really care. My kids are 14, 10 and 5. Then the kids come home and complain that they have to wear a mask at my house and it's a fight every time. They are gravitating to dad's house and I'm desperate to know what to do. I don't know how to impress upon their ...Read more

Ex-etiquette: The danger of social media during quarantine

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Q. Hello ex-etiquette readers:

Rather than answer a question this week, I'm going to address a trend I'm seeing in the emails you send me. This COVID virus has affected us all -- whether you've had it or not -- and because we are home and unable to get out, many are online much more than they used to be. The mind goes back to when you used to ...Read more

Ex-etiquette: Many red flags with this old flame

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Q. I met my boyfriend in high school. He was very demanding and with college and all, we slowly drifted apart. We both married and I got a divorce about two years ago. He was having trouble in his marriage and separated. We met each other via Facebook and immediately connected again. We live together now, and he's working on finalizing his ...Read more

Ex-etiquette: When a picture of his kid shows his ex, too

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Q. I've been single for about six months and decided to start dating again. I hit it off with a guy I met on a dating site and we decided to have lunch. During the lunch he asked if I wanted to see a picture of his daughter and the pic he showed me was of him, his daughter, and his ex, who was an extremely striking woman. I'm not a jealous ...Read more

Ask Mr. Dad: We're having a baby while the world is having a virus

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Dear Mr. Dad: My wife found out she was pregnant late last year -- just a few months before the coronavirus turned our world (and everyone else's) upside down. Fortunately, her pregnancy has been problem-free and we've been able to do many of her prenatal visits with her OB by video conference (although she's had to do a few in-person visits as ...Read more

Ex-etiquette: Venting on social media isn't the answer

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Q. My ex is venting on Facebook and it's opened a huge can of worms. Most of the things she is saying are gross exaggerations and I have mutual friends calling me up asking if what she is saying is true. Two of my friends' wives have told my friends they don't want me to hang out with them. I know I cheated, but is it really necessary to ...Read more

Ex-etiquette: When your ex won't answer your calls

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Q. I broke up with my partner five months ago. It wasn't a heated breakup; we were both just very stressed and we grated on each other. I moved out with no argument from him. Truth was, we were not suited for one another, but I still miss him and he won't talk to me. I've emailed, called and texted. The only response I get is when he returns ...Read more

Ex-etiquette: Red flags from new partner

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Q. I was married for 15 years. We divorced 10 years ago and successfully co-parented our two children. This included occasionally spending holidays together. I am now in a new relationship and my partner has forbidden me to see my ex. I cannot interact with him at any time, including various holidays. I have a grandchild and I would like to see...Read more

Ex-etiquette: Examine your feelings of guilt

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Q. My ex and I broke up two years ago. I see my kids three weekends a month, picking them up after school on Friday and taking them to school on Monday. I just remarried. My wife's kids live with us most of the time. I don't see my kids as much as I would like and it's been a fight for additional time since day one. Now that we are sequestered ...Read more

Ask Mr. Dad: Keeping sane in the time of insanity (and boredom)

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Dear Mr. Dad: I'm a single father and I'm going crazy. Like almost everyone else in the U.S., my kids -- 9 and 14 -- and I are under lockdown. We've binge watched every family-friendly show, streamed every superhero movie, done indoor camping and treasure hunts, and we're taking our dog out for walks five times a day. I'm doing everything I can ...Read more


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