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  • When is your child old enough to travel without you?

    When is your child old enough to travel without you?
    Your 10-year-old is invited on spring break with a pal. Is that too young to travel out of town with another family? Parent advice (from our panel of staff contributors) Are you kidding? Getting the kid out of the house for an extended period? Perfect!...
  • You love your friends, but not their kid

    You love your friends, but not their kid
    Parent advice (from our panel of staff contributors) Of course the parents already know their kid is a nightmare. Will raising the issue change anything? Nope. So keep quiet. To raise the issue will just be rubbing it in. If possible, get together...
  • Helping a young do-gooder lower the judgment meter

    Helping a young do-gooder lower the judgment meter
    Your child loves to adopt a cause (green living, veganism, etc.). But she harangues folks around her to the point of exhaustion. Should you tell her to ease up? Parent advice (from our panel of staff contributors) It's great when kids develop a...
  • Rich friend is changing daughter's wish list

    Rich friend is changing daughter's wish list
    Your daughter's new BFF is rich. How do you handle the barrage of "How come we can't …" questions? Parent advice (from our panel of staff contributors) Be honest, and also be sure that your child's affection for this kid is not colored by the...
  • Do parents need to be in middle of kids' fights?

    Do parents need to be in middle of kids' fights?
    Your spouse wants to break up every fight between your kids. You want them to work out their differences. Who's right? Parent advice (from our panel of staff contributors) It's not necessarily wrong to break up a fight before it escalates, but that...
  • Mom's day can teach kids how to share and care

    Mom's day can teach kids how to share and care
    Another Mother's Day, another year of your husband planning the whole day. Should the kids kick in a little help next time? Parent advice (From our panel of staff contributors) Dads should approach Mother's Day and mom's birthday as opportunities to...
  • 3rd-grader takes a stand on bullying

    3rd-grader takes a stand on bullying
    A 9-year-old Highland Park boy is going after bullies, one cotton T-shirt at a time. Brett Blesius, a 3rd-grade student at Lincoln Elementary School, says he was inspired to design the shirts by anti-bullying signs he saw in a drugstore and a show he saw...
  • Should children younger than 13 be on Facebook? Absolutely

    Should children younger than 13 be on Facebook? Absolutely
    The recent report in The Wall Street Journal about Facebook wanting to give children younger than 13 access to the platform is blowing up my feeds. Sources in the article talk about strict parental controls. Advocacy group A is comparing Facebook's...
  • Social media privacy: You just watched what video?

    Social media privacy: You just watched <i>what</i> video?
    Last week, I sent a Facebook message to a friend from high school that I used to know pretty well. Subject line: Videos and your privacy settings. Granted we don't talk often these days, but when I saw some questionable video titles — not porn but...
  • Twitter trip-up? Facebook faux pas

    Twitter trip-up? Facebook faux pas
    Once you tweet, you can't delete. I know, I see the delete button too. But it doesn't matter. Once you say something on Twitter or Facebook or any other social media platform, it's out there. Now it's up to you to fix the mess and not make it worse....
  • Language: More fun with fewer rules?

    Language: More fun with fewer rules?
    Some wordsmiths wield their lexicological powers like an angry red pen, rooting out errors and marking them for all the world to see. (We're talking to you, Grammar Police. Even as we count ourselves among your 24,474 Facebook fans.) Others, like Rod...
  • Teaching kids the cold, hard truth about lying

    Teaching kids the cold, hard truth about lying
    Your 10-year-old lies. A lot. Is this normal? Parent advice (from our panel of staff contributors) It's not unheard of, and in my experience it has to do with two things: fear of getting in trouble or a need for attention. It should be addressed...