There is a girl in my daughter’s 1st class, let’s call her Jane. We’ve had some issues with Jane making other kids feel less than. She puts them on ‘good lists’ and ‘bad lists.’ She calls out other’s flaws like speech impediments and slowing running. There are often tears. She is a bully. None of… Continue reading Confronting a Colleague (At Your Child’s School)
My 7 year old was invited to a Disney princess themed costume birthday party. She has her heart set on going as Moana. We’re white and I’m concerned about cultural appropriation. Should I make her choose a white princess? I assume other kids will likely be there and dressed as Jasmine, Pocahontas, Tiana, Mulan, etc.… Continue reading Picking a Disney Princess Costume
When someone tries to give me parenting advice…
I recently found myself jobless after being laid off from my company. While my partner and I aren’t immediately concerned with the layoff because of the severance pay and our savings, some friends and family are and are quite vocal about me finding a new job right now. How do I get them to back… Continue reading You’ve Been Laid Off And Friends and Family Are Pressuring You
I recently lost a friend to a drug overdose. I was sharing that news with an acquaintance and she made a sympathetic face and said “well maybe it is for the best. At least now the pain is over.” I resisted smacking her in the face but only barely and I definitely didn’t have anything… Continue reading Comforting Someone Who Is Grieving
My 4 month old son keeps trying to pick my nose while he is nursing. No matter how I ask him to stop, he just looks at me dumbfounded. Can you make my son stop being a jerk?
Mother’s Day is coming up. Any tips for not being a jerk then?
Perhaps I sound like a crank but I wonder if you could share your thoughts on gifts and thank yous. One more than one occasion, I have happily sent friends and friends of friends gifts for engagements and/or weddings. I had no expectation of being invited to the wedding, I was delighted to join in… Continue reading Receiving a Gift (Thank You Note Edition)
I want to help my brother out when he asks for things but I know that he is an addict. I stopped giving him money years ago. When things are tough I want to be able to pay stuff for him like his electric bill. I worry that that’s the same thing as giving him… Continue reading Your Relative Has An Addiction
What is the best way to address a family member who is terrible about RSVP’ing to events?