Booze Is Out of Bounds for Kids Sports Dear Annie: I have a question for parents. Why, when the kids' soccer, football or baseball games are over, do the parents open up the trunks of their cars and get out the beer? Tailgate parties with alcohol do not belong at children's events. When …Read more. Mother Blamer Dear Annie: Eight months ago, our highly educated 43-year-old daughter informed my wife that she hates her. She put on a humiliating performance in front of her two children, a stepchild, her husband and us. We don't understand this at all, but she …Read more. He Sees Dead People Dear Annie: My 5-year-old son has been claiming to see the paranormal. I'm sure part of it is just his imagination. But sometimes he describes in great detail people and even pets who have died. He mainly claims to see a cousin he never met, but …Read more. Sometime High-Maintenance Friends Need To Do Their Own Maintenance Dear Annie: My husband and I recently purchased a new home. It took us a while to reach this point. In the course of trying to purchase, we were offered help by a good friend, "Mary," who lives 1,500 miles away. Mary referred us to her mortgage …Read more.more articles
When Facebook Friends Aren't Friends at All
Dear Annie: My daughter is 13 years old. She has a 12-year-old friend, "Tasha," who is often left home alone, sometimes watching a younger sibling, while her mother works a second-shift job. Mom doesn't get home until 1:00 a.m.
My daughter is upset that I won't let her sleep over at Tasha's on the occasions when she's by herself or watching her sibling. Apparently, her other friends are allowed to do this, but I have my doubts that these friends' parents are aware that Tasha is alone so late.
I like Tasha and her mother, but I question the parent's judgment. Tasha has come here for sleepovers, and I allow my daughter to go to her home during the early evening, but only for a couple of hours because of the lack of supervision. Am I being too overprotective? — Concerned Mom
Dear Mom: No. We're sure Tasha is a perfectly responsible young girl, but if you would not leave your own child alone in the house until 1:00 a.m., there is no reason to allow it in someone else's home. (There are also legal issues about children under 16 being left unsupervised.) We imagine Tasha's mother does this because she cannot afford a sitter. It would be a great kindness if, on the days when Tasha is alone (and not taking care of her sister), you would offer to let her stay with you.
Dear Annie: I'm a professional single woman in my 50s. Several of my friends are quite active on Facebook and have recently been posting photographs of parties I've attended, including some from many years ago.
I do not wish to have my picture posted on Facebook and have said as much. These friends are ignoring my request with replies like, "But you look so good!" and "It's a great picture of you." I have asked my friends to let me preview any pictures before they post them, to no avail.
Am I being unreasonable? I am a very private person and am selective about sharing my life with others. What can I do? — Want My Privacy
Dear Want: Not too much.
Dear Annie: "Grossed Out in the Silver State" was upset about overweight people wearing ill-fitting clothes that show body parts. You agreed it "isn't pretty." You know what else isn't pretty? The assumption that obese people can afford new clothes.
It is well known that poor nutrition is a class issue. Many people have trouble eating well because they cannot afford healthy, fresh ingredients, or they don't have the time to prepare home-cooked meals. Eating right and exercising is easy when you have the time and resources, but if someone has put on extra weight and lacks the funds for a new wardrobe, one can hardly expect them to stay inside all the time.
We are not guaranteed a public environment that is personally appealing. I find those who openly gawk at others to be quite unattractive, but I wouldn't demand they stay home. — Massachusetts
Dear Massachusetts: We agree that poor nutrition and insufficient funds can make it difficult to maintain a healthy weight, even though jogging around the block doesn't require a lot of time or resources. What would help is for people to be better educated about the dangers of fast food and processed foods (which contain high levels of fat, salt and sugar), and for healthier alternatives to be cheaper to get.
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