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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

Ex-etiquette: Coping with the kids during the pandemic

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Q. I have been sheltered in place with my girlfriend's kids for three weeks. They are nothing like my children, whom I am supposed to see every other weekend, but have not because of this virus. They are getting on my nerves with their incessant whining that there is nothing to do. It's making me rethink my relationship with their mother and I'm...Read more

Ex-etiquette: Partners with children come as a package deal

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Q. I've been with my husband for four years, but married for only one. We've combined our families -- but there's a problem. I have two daughters and he has three daughters, plus a son that was born to his ex-wife as a result of her cheating. They attempted reconciliation and my husband chose to raise the boy as his own, but they eventually ...Read more

Ex-etiquette: Time for parents to put differences aside, work together

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Q. My ex and I are always at odds when it comes to time with our child. She constantly plans things on my time and it makes it difficult to get my son to come over. Now with this coronavirus emergency, the schools are closed and she has him "sheltered in place" saying it's dangerous for him to come over to my home. I need help! What's good ex-...Read more

Ex-etiquette: Custody and coronavirus

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Q. My ex and I share our child's time. We live around the corner from each other. My 88-year-old mother also lives with me and loves seeing our son on a regular basis, but with this coronavirus dictating our lives, my ex won't let my son come over on is regular visitation time. She says it is to protect my mother, but I think she just wants him ...Read more

Ask Mr. Dad: Teens, young adults and coronavirus: A perfect storm

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Dear Mr. Dad: My older children are away at college in another state and, as far as I'm concerned, they're behaving irresponsibly with regard to the coronavirus. Rather than come home and obey social distancing recommendations when their campuses cancelled classes, they opted to hang out with their classmates and have an extended spring break on...Read more

Ex-etiquette: Reframing children's reminiscing about Dad can ease discomfort

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Q. I've been remarried for two years to a woman with four children, all adults. She has been divorced for over six years and we live in her former family home. Her kids and their significant others come to our home each Sunday for dinner. Each time, after dinner, the kids start to tell stories about their dad. It appears he is an eccentric and ...Read more

Ask Mr. Dad: Would you please just go to sleep? In your own bed? Pretty please?

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Dear Mr. Dad: Our 2-year-old daughter was really excited about her new big-girl bed when we got it a few weeks ago. But now she won't sleep in it. My husband and I aren't sure how it happens, but our daughter seems to end up in our bed almost every night. We're trying not to get upset at her, but we really need our sleep. Do you have any ...Read more

Ex-etiquette: Solid family life starts with parents' united front

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Q. My girlfriend and I will be moving in together in the next few months. We are combining four children in all -- she has a boy and a girl and so do I. My children are older and they are adamant about not sharing a room with "little kids." I have promised them that they would not have to. My girlfriend does not agree. There is a basement that I...Read more


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