Q. My partner and I combined families two years ago. Both of us have kids, and we have slowly gotten them on similar schedules so we have some private time together. Then COVID-19 hit and all this togetherness has made things terrible between us. Last night an argument spiraled out of control and she slapped me across the face. Luckily the kids ...Read more
Dear Mr. Dad: Now that the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be coming to an end, I’m curious about whether it has had much of an impact on family relationships, both between mom and dad and between parents and their children.
A: I hope you’re right about the pandemic coming to an end. More than 100 million Americans have had at least one vaccine ...Read more
Q. I have tried to talk to my children’s mother about some concerns I have, but she immediately gets defensive. It turns into a shouting match and nothing gets accomplished. Now, she is reluctant to tell me anything about the kids when they are with her because it ends in a fight. How can we change this? What’s good ex-etiquette?
A. I like ...Read more
Q. My fiancee wants to invite her child’s godfather to our wedding. Problem is her child’s godfather is also her ex. I can tell it’s the child that keeps them in contact. He’s very close to her, but I’m wondering if it’s really necessary that he come to our wedding. What’s good ex-etiquette?
A. As I have said before, good ex-...Read more
Q. My ex just moved from the home in which we used to live to another more expensive neighborhood. She now lives in a much nicer townhouse. When I asked her why she moved, she said now that our oldest daughter is starting school, the school district was better. I don’t believe that. I think she’s using my money (child support) to live high, ...Read more
Dear Mr. Dad: Of all the non-material things parents can give to their children, what do you think is the most important?
A: Well, that’s about as close to an impossible question as I’ve ever been asked. Of course, happiness comes to mind. But then so does the ability to form close, loving relationships. So does success (whatever that means...Read more
Q. My son’s mother and I have been in a custody battle ever since we broke up a year ago. We can’t agree and she often won’t let my son come see me when it's his turn to be at my house. A few months ago, I met a wonderful woman, and she has been at my home the last few times my son has been here. He evidently told his mother, and she has ...Read more
Q. My daughter has had her daughter removed from her care because of some bad choices she made in the past, but the truth was she was an unfit parent. Child Protective Services placed the child with me and suggested I apply for guardianship. I did take the child, but I never officially applied. My daughter has been combative and angry since the ...Read more
Q. I have been living with my boyfriend for 3 years. He has two adult children from a previous marriage. His adult daughter who is married with two children, ages 6 and 8, is turning 30 and they are all going away for the weekend to celebrate. I am not invited. They say it is because I have had too much to drink on previous occasions and it ...Read more
Q. My partner and I met a few years ago. He had been married for a few years and continues to share a business with his ex after they divorced. Over the past year his ex split from her boyfriend and it appears to me that my partner and his ex are now far too close for comfort. He refers to her as “gorgeous” to his friends, fixes her plumbing...Read more
Dear Mr. Dad: Like most families, thanks to ongoing shelter-in-place orders and schools having been shut down, our family (which includes me, my husband, and two children, ages 3 and 4, who really love animals) has spent a lot more time than usual in front of the TV. We’ve seen a lot of great movies and videos together. But for some reason no ...Read more
AUSTIN, Texas — A Travis County judge on Thursday extended a temporary order blocking Texas from ousting Planned Parenthood as a Medicaid health care provider for another 14 days.
State District Judge Lora Livingston of Travis County said the extension will give her time to determine whether Texas can remove the organization now or whether ...Read more
Q. I moved out of state after my divorce. My ex and I had our differences , but made a pact to not air them in front of the kids even though they were all well into adulthood by the time we got a divorce. For years, when I came into town, we often had dinner together with our adult children and their significant others. Then he started dating a ...Read more
Q. I am very close to my adult children — and their father, as well. He and I settled our issues long ago which made co-parenting easy and co-grandparenting lovely. My ex-boyfriend didn’t get it, kept away from my children and got very short whenever I spoke to their father. It made holidays and family dinners very strained and since it wasn...Read more
Q. I do not get along with my husband’s ex-wife. We share the kids 50/50 and it seems like she is always around. I know it’s wrong to say, but I resent having to deal with her. What happened to the days when an ex was an ex? This is not what I signed up for. What’s good ex-etiquette?
A. Oh, but it is. It’s exactly what you signed up for...Read more
Dear Mr. Dad: My wife is due in about a month and I’m already in a panic. We took a childbirth prep class, but I’m convinced that I won’t know what to do — or, worse still, that I’ll do something wrong — when labor starts. I’m wondering whether I should just step away and let the doctors and nurses do what they do. Your thoughts?
Q. I am a single father of three near adult children. I have been raising them alone for the last two years. To keep things as consistent as possible, I thought it best to leave our family pics around the house just as they were when we were a family. It’s been two years and we’ve settled into a routine, but I’m wondering if it’s still ...Read more
Q.I left my marriage of 13 years because my wife and I finally admitted we were never in love with each other and it was time to part. We live in a very small town where everyone knows your business, I wanted to date, so I moved about 40 miles away in order to have a life. Originally, our parenting plan shared the kids time equally, but the ...Read more