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Soon-To-Be Father Feeling Anxious About Baby's Arrival

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Q: My wife and I are expecting our first child. I'm excited to be a dad, but also intimidated. My father wasn't a good role model, so I feel pretty clueless about this whole parenting thing. Can you help?

Jim: Author Kent Nerburn once said, "It is much easier to become a father than to be one." Maybe that's one of the reasons why so many dads ...Read more

Ex-Spouse Questions Whether Divorce Did More Harm Than Good

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Q: Should I consider remarrying my ex-spouse for the sake of our child? We recently got divorced, but over the past few weeks I've become increasingly concerned about the impact of this family breakup upon our preschooler. As the dust settles, I wonder if maybe we could have made a better go of it.

Jim: Divorce often involves plenty of anger ...Read more

Mom Who Abandoned Artistic Dreams Wonders What Might Have Been

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Q: I studied art in college and married before graduation. Four years later, I spend my time preparing meals, wiping the noses of jelly-faced toddlers and mopping the kitchen floor -- while my still-single sorority sisters have thriving careers in graphic design and other artistic disciplines. I love my kids, but ... I admit I'm somewhat jealous...Read more

Couple Considers Adopting Child With Abusive Past

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Q: We're considering adopting a baby boy who was removed from his birth home due to abuse when only a few months old. He has been in the foster-care system for the past year. What kind of risks are we facing?

Jim: You deserve a lot of credit for your willingness to adopt a child from a troubled background. I want to encourage you in this ...Read more


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