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When little kids are scared of Halloween

By Amy Joyce
The first few Halloweens of my children’s lives were not as I had pictured. When our older son was just over 2 years old, he spent the holiday wide-eyed and quiet, and couldn’t fall asleep until he was safe in …

Coping with Kids: Putting little hands (and minds) to work

By Tribune-Review
Here are great ways to keep hands — and the associated minds and bodies — occupied, stimulated and active. Mini Golf Set: (Alex Toys) This new mini golf set is great for even the smallest kids and is easy to …

Living with Children: Parental anxiety breeding anxious kids

By John Rosemond
Since the beginning of the 2014-15 school year, several elementary teachers have asked me why so many of today’s kids come to school with anxiety issues. That’s a good question, one that I think goes to the heart of contemporary …

Ghost ‘hunting’ is a passion for these Pittsburgh groups

By Rochelle Haitz
The Halloween season is the time of year when people become more interested in the “haunted” side of life. Some people tour haunted houses, some …

Hax: Husband blocks her attempts to tell him what she thinks, feels

By Tribune-Review
Adapted from a recent online discussion: Hi, Carolyn: I do not know how to talk to my husband about a problem. It seems as though he takes everything away from me. If I say, “I’m cold,” he says, “It’s not …

Ex-etiquette: Ex’s new wife has different view of holidays

By Jann Blackstone
Q uestion: How do I handle a difference in the way my ex and I celebrate holidays now that we have broken up? Although my children’s father practices no particular religion, his new wife practices a religion that does not …

How to move online meeting to great first date

By McClatchy-tribune News Service
There are some surefire ways to turn off a first date — having your cellphone out on the table, drinking excessively or being rude to the waitstaff, to name a few. But just as important as knowing what not to …

Indiana couple’s bond grows stronger after devastating accident

By Rex Rutkoski
It’s the phone call all of us dread — that someone you love has been seriously injured. That call came for the Murphy family and …

Family honors son by funding Vandergrift library’s Teen Alley

By Joyce Hanz
John Nichols departed his family too soon, but his memory endures with the generous creation of Teen Alley at the Vandergrift Public Library. John was …

Blind players battle for chess championship

By Mandy Fields Yokim
Joe Wassermann, an 80-year-old chess player from Pittsburgh, still uses the same chessboard he’s been playing on since he was 10. This weekend, he’ll be …

Foundation arranges free maid service for women with cancer

By Deborah Weisberg
When she was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, Melissa Weir, a mother of three young children, thought she could keep up with household chores, …

The Word Guy: Suffice to say, the good king ‘whence’ is lost

By Rob Kyff
Question: I hope you can help me with two language problems. The first involves the word “whence.” Is it “the evil spirit returned whence it came” or “from whence it came”? The second involves the word “suffice.” Is it “suffice …

Hax: Moms are pals and their kids are dating — is that a problem?

By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion: Dear Carolyn: My friend Kate and I have known each other for years. After essentially growing up together, Kate’s 17-year-old son and my 15-year-old daughter  (16 in two weeks) have suddenly become interested in …

Point Breeze couple surprised with 2nd honeymoon by Ellen DeGeneres

By Chris Togneri
A Point Breeze couple whose honeymoon in San Jose del Cabo was cut short last month by Hurricane Odile will get a honeymoon rain check, …

Coping with Kids: New pacifiers helps soothe babies day and night

By Tribune-Review
Tommee Tippee’s Closer to Nature pacifiers help soothe babies day and night. At night, fumbling for the pacifier is eased with a glow-in-the-dark handle. With a nipple shaped more like a bottle nipple — and more like mom’s breast — …

Living with Children: Discipline policy fails for teacher

By John Rosemond
A first-grade teacher asks what she can do about a girl in her class who is undisciplined. After nearly two months of this teacher’s best efforts, the child’s behavior is no better. She is defiant, aggressive toward other kids and …

Feathers: To trim  or not?

By Marc Morrone
Q uestion: Our sun conure is now a year old. When we bought him as a baby, his wing feathers were trimmed so he would not fly. Now they have grown back and he is flying all over the house. …

Hax: Student wants to shift gears

By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion: Hi, Carolyn: I’ve spent most of my life working toward a certain career. Now, in my senior year of college, with acceptance to my grad school of choice and employment for when I graduate, …

West Point grads hit the front lines of marriage in Sewickley

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Eight soldiers held sabers high above their heads to form an arch as two of their own passed underneath as a newly married bride and …

The Word Guy: Etymologist takes fresh look at ‘stalemate’

By Rob Kyff
Is “stalemate,” meaning “a deadlock,” related to “stale,” meaning “old, not fresh”? You might think so, because, as anyone who follows Congress knows, stalemates can get awfully stale after a while. In fact, “stalemate” is related not to “stale,” but …