Q: My 10-year-old son has started expressing that he "hates" certain people/kids. How do I go about getting him to stop using that word?
TAMPA — As her father's health worsened, Sheena Swartz widened her search for the perfect wedding gown. She didn't know if he'd live to see her marry Nick Bentley, but she promised that he would see his only child in the dress of her dreams.
Q: Karen and I were best friends, talked every day by phone, e-mail or text. Both divorced with kids and dating online. Sharing stories, experiences, advice. She finally found the man of her dreams, blending their families together.
Q: Two weeks ago, my sister and brother-in-law said some horrible things about childless people — apparently forgetting that my husband and I, who have no children, were in the same room.
Q: My only sibling and I lost our mom earlier this year to a surprise infection that set in following routine surgery.
Grandparents buy children dolls, bake them cookies and take them to the zoo. But, increasingly, grandparents also babysit kids until they're old enough for day care, feed them dinner when their parents have to work late and spend a fortune on their college educations.
Q: I've always been confused about the difference between issuing an ultimatum and saying, like, "I can't live with (behavior) any longer, and if it doesn't change or improve, I won't stay." Aren't those kind of the same thing?
Q: I'm hoping you can calm my panic: I just got the "save the date" for my brother's wedding, and it has directions to their "wedding website" — which is a "fund our honeymoon" page! My parents are backpacking outside of cell service, but I have to imagine if they had known about this they would have said …