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  1. Tell Me About It: Grandparents hit a nerve with ownership of newborns

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    While I'm away, readers give the advice.

    On stepping on parental toes by calling a grandchild "my baby":

  2. Tell Me About It: Siblings squabble over sharing inheritance

    Relationships

    Q: My brother was the Golden Boy. He got my father's attention, affection, love and money. My sisters and I got significantly less growing up. My father had high hopes for my brother.

  3. Tell Me About It: Her pregnancy has Dad unusually excited

    Relationships

    Q: I have a problem I am not proud of. My daughter is pregnant, and so far everything in her pregnancy is routine. When I was pregnant with our three kids, my husband was typical for our generation in terms of the involvement he showed during my pregnancy and even my kids' infant years. But now that our daughter …

  4. Tell Me About It: Boyfriend's deceit puts romance in peril

    Relationships

    Q: I just found out that my long-distance boyfriend has been lying to me. He was supposed to be at a location for work for 15 weeks. Apparently that turned to six because his job wanted him to return to go to school. That meant an incredibly difficult time for him to manage school, work and his kids, and he said …

  5. Tell Me About It: Readers advise on saying no and time alone with children

    Relationships

    While I'm away, readers give the advice.

    On saying no in stronger and stronger language:

  6. Tell Me About It: Idea of parenthood takes getting used to

    Relationships

    Q: A friend confided that she is pregnant and feeling decidedly unexcited about it. Her current life checks all of the boxes for "ready for baby" including a lovely, excited husband. She doesn't seem depressed, just reasonably apprehensive about how much her life is about to change and whether she is ready for a …

  7. Tell Me About It: Caring for girl in need requires dedication

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    Q: Volunteering at a local homeless shelter a few months ago, I "clicked" with a sweet, funny, smart 9-year-old girl who was staying there with her dad. I don't know the whole story, but her mom, for a variety of sad and scary reasons, hasn't been part of her life for the past several years. Still, her unemployed …

  8. Tell Me About It: Parent wants an end to classroom antics

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    Q: Is there any good way to discuss with a teacher that there seems to be an unhealthy or unproductive dynamic with a group of kids — they egg each other on, dare each other to cause trouble — without sounding like you're trying to excuse a child, or are just blaming someone else? …