Q: My new boyfriend apparently split with his wife a week ago, but he has dinner at the table twice a week and she was texting him tattoos he may like. His Facebook page says he's married. I feel like I am not being told the truth in many ways. What's good ex-etiquette?
A: I know most of you out there are reading this question and thinking, "...Read more
Dear Mr. Dad: Everyone I ask has a different opinion about whether it's okay to share a bed with a baby. My biggest concern is safety. What's the bottom line?
A: The short answer to your question is a resounding "It depends." For years, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended against bed sharing (sometimes called "the family bed") ...Read more
Books about bravery and standing up for what you believe in are more important now than ever before. These thoughtful books celebrate girls, one in space and another fighting for educational justice; a bevy of kids of all kinds being brave; and a war horse with two Purple Hearts.
"Free as a Bird: The Story of Malala" by Lina Maslo; Balzer + ...Read more
Question: I am stepfather to my wife’s only child, age 8, from her first marriage. My wife always and in every way puts her son before our marriage. We went through counseling several years ago and things got better for a while, but then began slipping back into child-comes-first mode. Believe me, we have a near-perfect marriage ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- On her 21st birthday, Rabbah Johnson experienced a first: not a legal cocktail, but a roller coaster ride at Six Flags.
She'd never been on one before and knew she wanted to change that. The incoming junior at Temple University had never had alcohol, either, but that didn't concern her much.
"It's something I never did, and I'm...Read more
Dear Mr. Dad: My wife and I just found out she's pregnant. I thought the pregnancy was going to bring us together, but we've been arguing a lot lately. Either that or silence. Is this normal? Either way, what can we do to get back on track?
A: Pregnancy is a time of great joy and anticipation -- and of great stress. And even though you and your...Read more
Before school starts, gifting a special book that screams "WOW!" is a smart way to get children excited to read again. These new coffee table-worthy tomes are too cool.
"Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" by Rick Riordan; illustrated by John Rocco; Disney Hyperion; 226 pages; $39.99.
"The Lightning Thief," the first book ...Read more
When Baby Boomers get together we often talk about our observations of parenting in these postmodern times, one of which is that today’s parents seem, as a rule, to want to be liked by their children, to want to be their children’s friends. That, we agree, is very odd. What is lacking in the life of an adult that they want to be liked by a ...Read more
Dear Mr. Dad. I'm marrying a woman who has two teenagers from her previous marriage. This is my first marriage and, although I like her kids, I'm a little worried about how I'll do as a stepfather of teens. Any suggestions?
A: About half of all marriages are remarriages for at least one of the partners, many of whom, like your fiancee, have ...Read more
Here are some of the best new summer reads for middle-grade and teen readers:
"The Turning" by Emily Whitman; HarperCollins; 380 pages; $16.99.
Aran is a selkie who lives on the open sea with his clan. He has never quite fully belonged, though, as he was born without a selkie skin and is stuck in human form. So he can't move powerfully ...Read more
Most of the stuff today's parents worry about - and let's face facts...the worrier in question, the worrier supreme, is almost always the mother (not because of some weakness, but simply because she consumes parenting media that, as a rule, generate lots of worry) - is not worth the emotional energy. Left alone, it will "come out in the wash," ...Read more
I call it “psychological thinking,” referring to the tendency among parents of the last fifty years or so to attribute bad behavior on the part of a child to so-called “issues” that are thought to be causing emotional tensions of one sort or another. That is, in fact, precisely what my graduate school professors taught; to wit, that ...Read more
Strolling through my go-to grocery store the other day, I happened down the Baby Products aisle where I spied packages of toilet-training pants featuring pictures of happy children who looked at least three, some as old as five. The first question that came to mind: Why would a five-year-old who is continuing to eliminate on himself be happy? ...Read more
Question: We have a boy, 6, and a girl, 9, who fight constantly about everything under the sun. My husband and I have a good marriage. We hardly ever have a serious disagreement about anything, so it’s hard for us to understand what has led to our kids’ inability to get along. In any case, their fighting has become very draining, ...Read more
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