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The Word Guy: Can ‘real’ replace ‘really’ in talk or text?

By Tribune-Review
Q uestion: Has the adverb “really” completely disappeared from usage? I hear sentences such as: “The shoes are real tight”; “The clerk was real nice”; “It was a real good movie.” — Robert Derosier,  West Hartford, Conn. Answer: Darn! Thanks ...

Online groups curate collections of photos that highlight Pittsburgh

By Rachel Weaver
Anyone looking to see what makes Pittsburgh so special needs only to open an app. Through their ’Burgh-centric Instagram accounts, amateur photographers are allowing the ...

Hax:

By Carolyn Hax
While I’m away, readers give the advice. On guiding kids through a taste for offensive music: I recommend three ways to help children choose more appropriate and life-affirming music: 1) Print out the lyrics to several of their ...

New Tinder-inspired apps will help you keep your girlfriend — then dump her

By Julia Carpenter
In an age when we use phones to remind us to say “happy anniversary,” it’s little surprise that two new apps — Binder and HeroBoyfriend — have arrived to assist with the whole “relating” part of “relationships.” Both apps, launched independently ...

Coping With Kids: Lightening the load in family travel

By Tribune-Review
With summer upon us, road trips, with all the associated packing and schlepping are revving up. Here are a few items that will help those family vacays and adventures go as smoothly as possible. VRÜM Ride-On Storage: (Wicked Cool Toys) ...

Hax: Readers offer opinions on babies, job moves, fights with partners

By Carolyn Hax
While I’m away, readers give the advice. On stepping on parental toes by calling a grandchild “my baby”: When I was 4, my little sister was diagnosed as autistic. As you might imagine, my parents ...

Pet owners find money in solving common dog problems

By The Associated Press
Joanna Rein knew there was a way to prevent her rambunctious Labrador-collie mix from tracking in mud, water and drool from the soggy outdoors. “The kids thought it was funny. They’d chase the dog,” says Rein of Larchmont, N.Y. “I’d ...

Here’s some wisdom for taming ‘terrible 2s’

By John Rosemond
Q uestion: My 24-month-old is constantly wanting to be in her newborn baby brother’s face, poking and touching him. How can I help her with her jealousy? Answer: Unless there’s more going on here than you’re telling me, you’re ...

Defusing the teen eye roll: Advice for stressed parents

By Nancy Maes
When teens roll their eyes, the meaning of their nonverbal message is not hard for parents to decode. And when it first starts appearing, it often ushers in a new chapter of the child-parent relationship — one that requires patience ...

Ex-etiquette: Mom thinks her Dad and ex share faults

By Jann Blackstone
Q uestion: My ex is driving me crazy. He reminds me so much of my father — who also drives me crazy. My dad had substance-abuse problems for most of my life and has never quite gotten it together. ...

How to dramatically improve your relationship

By Chicago Tribune
A newly revised edition of John Gottman’s best-selling “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work” (Harmony Books) was just released. Gottman is a psychology professor at the University of Washington and the founder and director of The Gottman Institute, a ...

Readers share stories about key role played by cousins

By Rex Rutkoski
Now that it’s officially summer, “cousin season” is about to blossom fully throughout the Pittsburgh area and across the nation. That means vacations, family reunions, ...

Distraction therapy: Hospital room designs help ease tension

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
There is a reason to stare at these walls. They bring solace when you are in a not-so-comforting surrounding — a hospital exam area or treatment ...

Scaife estates’ decor set to hit auction block, could fetch $2M

By Natasha Lindstrom
One-hundred and thirty-two years ago, the father-son Roebling team won global accolades for its work on the Brooklyn Bridge, which was dubbed the “eighth wonder ...

Grown-ups find relaxation in filling in adult coloring books

By Alice Carter
Roll up your yoga mat, cancel your massage appointment and pick up a crayon. An ever-increasing selection of adult coloring books offers a fun and creative ...

Trendy ‘Pea coat’ origin is a Dutch Treat

By Tribune-Review
Q uestion: What is the derivation of “pea coat” for the U.S. Navy jacket? It’s time I knew, because I was in the Seabees for a few years. — Kaz Glista via email Answer: During college, I worked one ...

Hax: Who’s the Daddy? And what could be Mother’s reason for not telling?

By Carolyn Hax
Dear Carolyn: My mother says she will not tell me who my father is and will take the secret to the grave with her. Is there ever any good reason for not telling someone who their father is? ...

Artisans head to Downtown Pittsburgh for Woodturners Symposium

By Matthew Zabierek
If woodwork conjures up memories of layman creations produced in middle-school tech-ed class, prepare to stretch your imagination. The American Association of Woodturners’ 29th annual ...

Coping with kids: Saluting the Coast Guard and other outdoor action

By Tribune-Review
As summer arrives, we’re seeing more toys and games that are designed to be used outside or that replicate some aspect of the great outdoors. This weekm we take a look at some from one of our favorite manufacturers, Playmobil. ...

Living with Children: Wake up to stopping 8-year-old’s outbursts

By John Rosemond
Q uestion: Our 8-year-old daughter tries to manipulate us and her siblings (she is the youngest of three) with emotional outbursts and whining when things don’t go her way. She is mostly a delightful, cheerful child, but this ...