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Coping with Kids: A healthy snack that eats like a treat

By Tribune-Review
The words hungry kids heading home from school hate most? “Have a piece of fruit.” After-school snacks are one of the toughest terrains for parents to navigate. The kids want a treat, but parents — mindful that dinner is just …

Living with Children: Changes may cause toddler’s hair-pulling

By John Rosemond
Q uestion: Since our daughter, now 2, was born, we have lived with my parents. Being the first and only grandchild, she has been the center of attention. Several months ago, our son was born, and we moved into our …

Ex-etiquette: Terms of endearment for ex misleading

By Jann Blackstone
Q uestion: I’ve been dating a woman with a young girl for over a year now. She split with her ex right after she accidentally became pregnant. The baby was only 6 to 7 months old when we began dating. …

Hax: Bride feels pressure to allow wedding guests to bring kids

By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion: D ear Carolyn: After some discussion, my fiance and I decided we did not want kids at our wedding — several of our friends are newish parents and we are just so tired of …

Brief guide to (worry or not) teen lingo

By Tribune-Review
Dear Mr. Dad: My 12-year-old daughter recently had a slumber party with two friends from school. One of them left her phone. I texted my daughter so she could tell her friend, and two seconds later got this back: DO …

Swimming a fun, but no-less vital life skill for children

By Kellie B. Gormly
Little Aiden Schuffert splashes around in Magee Community Recreation Center in Greenfield, smiling through his shark goggles as he demonstrates the swimming skills he has …

River of Words connects communities and brains

By Rachel Weaver
A group of visiting artists is using words to connect North Side neighbors and draw people to the community. City of Asylum Pittsburgh, a nonprofit …

The Word Guy: Use either ‘regime,’ ‘regimen’ in referring to routine exercises

By Robb Kyff
Three readers have sent me questions: • Sandy Duffy of Princeton, N.J., is curious about the use of “regime” in this sentence: “He subscribes to a healthy regime of fruits and vegetables.” Sandy asks, “Would a healthy regime of fruits …

Glass show highlights once-thriving industry in southwestern Pennsylvania

By Deborah Weisberg
Glass collectors will gather this weekend to celebrate what once was clearly a part of the region’s industrial heritage at the 39th annual Duncan & …

Arnold: Do you let your mind run away with you?

By Linda Arnold
When things don’t happen how – or when – you think they should, does your mind start racing? Do you jump to conclusions? I find, …

Hax: Speak up, politely, to challenge rudeness

By Carolyn Hax
D ear Carolyn: We recently visited a local theme park, taking visiting relatives who have a 2-year-old. After a day of walking in 90-degree weather, we lined up for the tram to the parking lot. We were in the first …

Are we there yet? Quiet backseat whiners

By Tribune-Review
Are we there yet? Quiet those backseat whiners Family road trips mean a never-ending chorus of “Are we there yet?” and “I’m bored!” These creative …

Living with Children: Sassiness shouldn’t be ‘normal’ for 5-year-old

By John Rosemond
Q uestion: The “sassiness” that I have heard so much about from my friends started a few months ago with my 5-year-old daughter. She will say things to me that I actually find myself tongue-tied on how or what to …

Ex-etiquette: Don’t stop information flow between homes

By Jann Blackstone
Q uestion: How do I stop the flow of information between homes? My stepdaughter, whom I like very much, is constantly telling her mother things that go on in our home. While we do not have anything to hide, it …

Hax: Don’t use a dog as a test-child

By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion: Hi, Carolyn: You’ve said before that the way people treat their dogs is a good indicator of the way they will treat their future children. What do you think about getting a dog as …

How to get a steal at garage, estate sales

By Chicago Tribune
It’s prime season for hitting garage and estate sales. The experts disclose how to score big, and how not to lose when shopping at an estate sale or at a garage sale. Come prepared. “There are three pieces of equipment …

The ’Burgh is hip, according to Esquire

By Michael Machosky
Usually, people think that style in Pittsburgh means having both a formal and a casual Steelers jersey. But that’s not really true. Well, not totally, 100 percent true, at least. While Pittsburgh has been getting a lot of attention for …

The Word Guy: Here’s a summer reading list for word lovers

By Robb Kyff
Whether you’re heading for hostels, highways or hammocks this summer, curl up with one of these new books about words. • In “Authorisms: Words Wrought by Writers” ($18), veteran lexicographer Paul Dickson tells the fascinating backstories of words invented by …

East Liberty woman gets dream trip from Twilight Wish

By Rachel Weaver
Many years ago, Clara Parrish hoped to join a group of girlfriends on a trip to Las Vegas. There was only one problem: She was …

Hax: Time with pals can’t be split evenly

By Carolyn Hax
D ear Carolyn: I have two close girlfriends who live in the same destination-friendly town, “Emily” from college and “Jane” from high school. Both have children the same age as mine, both mean a great deal to me. Every summer …