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Coping with kids: Create Colossal Paper Machines from a book

By Tribune-Review
Given the seemingly infinite possibilities of paper-plane production, it makes sense that somebody would find a way to make other vehicles out of paper. Still, ...

Living with Children: Advice for parents of 2 considering adoption

By John Rosemond
Q uestion: We have two children, ages 9 and 5, and are considering adopting a third, perhaps an older child, even a teenager. Do you have any advice for us? Answer: Do I ever, beginning with a caution against ...

Hax: Mom’s particular about greeting cards — the type, sender and occasion

By Carolyn Hax
Dear Carolyn: My son knows that a card says a lot. Last year, my Mother’s Day card was just basic from my son, grandkids and daughter-in-law. I didn’t say anything. This year, my grandson is 5 and he made ...

How to improve your handwriting

By Chicago Tribune
People like pretty things, and nice handwriting certainly qualifies. “Everyone has tablets now, so handwriting is a dying art, but it’s important to keep it as alive as possible,” says Laura Hooper, a professional calligraphist in Alexandria, Va. She points ...

Ex-Etiquette: 2nd wife peeved that Mom included in family events

By Jann Blackstone
Q uestion: I just finished reading your book “Ex-Etiquette for Parents.” Kudos for this clear and concise guide to etiquette for blended families and showing how it can be done. Having been a bonusmom for 18 years, I was ...

How to teach kids happiness

By The Washington Post
As parents, it is our job to guide our children in so many areas. We toilet-train them, we teach them self-care and manners, we teach them how to read, what to do in an emergency, how to cross the street ...

The Word Guy: Avoid verbal potholes during job interviews

By Rob Kyff
Graduates of the college class of 2015: I’m honored to be your commencement speaker today ... blah, blah, blah. Let’s get right to the important stuff. As you interview for jobs, avoid these verbal potholes: 1. “I graduated college last week ...

Hax: Siblings who find excuses not to visit ill mother are lying to themselves

By Carolyn Hax
Hi, Carolyn: My mom has Alzheimer’s and lives in an assisted-living facility. I have siblings that never go to see her, and they claim she doesn’t recognize them or wouldn’t remember that they were there. Are those legitimate or ...

Playing fun card games gets kids thinking

By Kellie B. Gormly
Mandy Yokim and her family love playing cards so much, they even have made up a few of their own games. Yokim, 40, of Wexford, and ...

Coping with kids: Creative flash and dash

By Tribune-Review
Play Doh Rainbow Dash My Little Pony Style Salon: With this style salon, you can grow, cut and style your pretty Pegasus’ hair. But that’s just the beginning. The body and wings are built-in molds that you can fill with ...

Living with Children: Discipline issue blows up family togetherness

By John Rosemond
Q uestion: My husband and I need your advice. We are parents to one adult daughter who has three children ages 10, 7 and 4. They live about three hours away and, until two years ago, we saw them fairly ...

Fidget quilts to dignity robes, Fawn sewing club does it all

By Joyce Hanz
Like the sounds coming from their trusty sewing machines, the Fawn Township Sewing Club has been humming along for 10 years. A love of sewing, friendship ...

Things to know if you’re attending a college graduation

By The Associated Press
Is someone in your family graduating from college this year? If so, here are a few things to keep in mind that might preserve your sanity on commencement day. Where’s my kid? You might not be able to ...

What to do after the job interview

By Tribune-Review
You’ve just had your first, second or even third interview with a prospective employer, and you walked away from the meeting with a really good ...

Hax: Friend worries that woman getting a divorce might be depressed

By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion: Dear Carolyn: About two months ago, one of my best friends told me she and her husband are officially getting a divorce (among other problems, he cheated). I told her I am, of ...

Ex-etiquette: What to tell ‘Dad’ when fling leads to pregnancy

By Jann Blackstone
Q uestion: About two months ago, I met a guy in an airport bar on my way across the country. We had a great evening, exchanged phone numbers afterward and went our separate ways. Here’s the problem: I’m ...

The Word Guy: You can count on it: ‘Monies’ is a real word

By Rob Kyff
Today, we deal with two questions about plural forms of payment. Question: Yesterday, I used the word “monies,” and my 14-year-old daughter accused me of making it up. I was able to convince her it is a real word ...

Regarding household chores, couples still differ over division of labor

By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion: Dear Carolyn: When my husband first moved in with me while we were dating, he was a weekend-laundry guy. I work from home and like having my weekends free for play, so I ...

Tips help take sting out of puppies that bite

By Andrea Lamping
Puppies use their mouths to explore the world. Those little, sharp teeth and adventurous personalities can cause a pretty big uproar for new puppy parents. ...

Coping with kids: Clean house with Dreft family-safe products

By Tribune-Review
Dreft’s laundry detergent has been the go-to soap for infant clothing for generations. The special formula — a dermatologist recommended product for baby clothes — was designed to keep babies’ gentle skin safe and protected from harmful and irritating chemicals. ...