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Dollars and sense: High cost of child care keeps many out of work force

By Kate Benz
Life has changed drastically for Courtney Robson and her husband, Zach, of Brookline. A little over a year ago, she was six years into a ...

Coping with kids: A newly discovered Dr. Seuss book

By Tribune-Review
A newly discovered Dr. Seuss book is on sale, 25 years after the beloved author’s last work, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” “What Pet Should I Get?” tells the story of a brother and sister grappling with this fun question during ...

Living with Children: Easy to get distracted by ADHD ‘bad science’

By John Rosemond
Q uestion: Our 8-year-old is scheduled to enter third grade at a public school this fall. Last year, he did very well; nonetheless, his second-grade teacher was convinced he had ADHD. At a meeting with the principal, school psychologist, school ...

Hax: Tight budget forces family to turn down opportunities to socialize

By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion: Dear Carolyn: My husband and I are very financially constrained, partly by choice (we want someone home with the kids). In order to make this work, we are super frugal and ...

East Liberty Back2School event to give kids in need a hand with clothes

By Deborah Weisberg
Andrea Glickman will never forget the moment she helped a little girl pick out a pair of new shoes to wear to school last fall. As ...

Sitcoms occasionally find laughs in grammar

By Rob Kyff
Popular TV series are probably the last places you’d expect to find grammar lessons, but, occasionally, the box can improve your vox. In one episode of “Sex and the City,” for instance, Carrie takes smug satis- faction when a female ...

Hax: Reader fears that cruel older sister someday will be an abusive mother

By Carolyn Hax
Hi, Carolyn: I have an older sister who was incredibly abusive toward me as a child. She was controlling, manipulative — the works. She and her husband (who she’s mean to already) are trying for a baby. When I heard ...

Pittsburgh’s Fresh Air Fund brings kids outdoors to family-friendly environment

By Debbie Black
More than 70 kids from inner city New York will be in the greater Pittsburgh region this summer doing what kids do best — having ...

Coping with kids: Peachy treat for hot summer day

By Tribune-Review
Homemade ice pops are more interesting and tasty than those made simply by freezing orange juice or lemonade. We found one in “Best 100 Juices for Kids” by Jessica Fisher that is fruity and creamy. We made our ice pops ...

Living with Children: Serving strategies for child who won’t eat

By John Rosmond
Q uestion: Our 4-year-old daughter will not eat dinner, no matter what. At most, she takes a few bites of what I fix and then says she doesn’t like it. This has been going on for over a year. I’ve ...

Ex-etiquette: Dad badmouthing Mom adds to problem

By Jann Blackstone
Q uestion: My child’s mother and I were never married. We weren’t even together by the time our son was born. He is now 18 months old, and we share custody. Let me be blunt. She’s a terrible ...

Wife realizes she wants kids after all, hopes hubby will go along with it

By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion: Dear Carolyn: Husband and I got married under the agreement that neither of us wanted kids. In the past six months or so, I’ve started to question my feelings. I’m going to talk ...

For perennially exhausted women, advice on getting energized

By The Washington Post
Holly Phillips, a New York internist and frequent talk-show guest, begins her new book, “The Exhaustion Breakthrough,” with the premise that almost all women are exhausted pretty much all the time. Motherhood is tiring, work is draining, having it all ...

SAS guidebook, phone app a how-to on saving yourself

By Timothy R. Smith
For more than 10 years, the “SAS Survival Guide,” a compendium of outdoor tips by John “Lofty” Wiseman, has been a staple in my camping backpack. The 400-page handbook usually comes with me on camping trips and has helped me ...

The Word Guy: Mentors tend to plant grammatical oaks

By Rob Kyff
Readers often send me fire arrows — emails and letters ablaze with intense devotion to a particular grammatical or usage rule: “Children are ‘reared,’ not ‘raised’!” “Never end a sentence with a preposition!” “Don’t use ‘done’ to mean ‘finished’!” Whence ...

‘Hundred Languages of Children’ exhibit makes its way to Pittsburgh

By Kellie B. Gormly
An Italian, educational children’s exhibit that has been traveling around the world for more than three decades is coming to the David L. Lawrence Convention ...

Put end to guilt trip over decision not to attend destination wedding

By Carolyn Hax
Dear Carolyn: My friend is having a destination wedding — by which I mean many hours in the air. We have small children, which would make the travel difficult, and we have nobody to leave them with at home ...

Coping With Kids: The secret life of summer

By Tribune-Review
After a long day of having fun outside, it’s important to have some relaxing down time. Here are games you and your family will love. Cash Out!: Each player is a fund manager tasked with building a diversified, balanced, high-yield ...

Living with Children: For misbehavior, lower the boom, not a flyswatter

By John Rosemond
One of the most common of complaints from today’s parents is “we’ve tried everything.” They refer, of course, to having tried numerous approaches to various long-standing behavior problems, all with no success. In many cases, the problems in question have ...

How to capture those pet poses

By The Los Angeles Times
Your pet is doing that thing again. It’s the cutest thing ever, and it must be snapped, shared and forever immortalized on social media. But just as you reach for the camera to compose the killer shot, your subject bolts. ...