Living with Children

A major U.S. newspaper recently ran a piece detailing all the ways children benefit from doing chores. Well, not all the ways. They failed to mention the most important benefit: Chores, properly managed, teach citizenship values.


Ex-etiquette: Kids want to be with both moms on Mother's Day

Q. My husband and his ex-wife have a pretty healthy relationship. I have been with him for five years and we've all worked pretty hard at it. Our collective kids, now all teenagers, are very close and regard each other as siblings. As a result, we are now faced with something new. MY kids want to include HER in our Mother's Day celebration. My husband is all for it. I don't see why his kids can't just celebrate with her and my kids celebrate with us, but the kids seem to want all of us at a local park for a barbeque. This seems like a little too much togetherness to me, but do we do what the kids ask? What's good ex-etiquette?


Ask Mr. Dad: Keeping close with long-distance parenting

Dear Mr. Dad: My ex and I share custody of our son (age 6), but because we live a few hundred miles apart, I sometimes don't get to see him for a few weeks. My wife was the one who moved away after we broke up. In between, I really miss him and I worry that he'll forget who I am or won't want to see me when we finally get together. I sometimes feel like giving up. How can I stay connected when we're apart for so long?

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