More than a number: Colleges that don't require test scores

There has always been controversy surrounding the use of standardized testing in the college application process. While some feel it's necessary to include scores, others think that colleges can't truly get a sense of who a student is just by how he or she performs on a test. A person could be a wonderful student but still have a bad experience on test day.


Ex-etiquette: Kid-friendly tips for divorced parents over the holidays

Q: I read your column every week and my ex and I do pretty well co-parenting the kids. I try to follow the rules you suggest because they are logical and are kid focused. It seems you advocate spending the holidays together. We never have and I'm not so sure I want to. The kids have accepted alternating years. So are we failing miserably because we alternate Thanksgiving, odd with me, even with their father? What's good ex-etiquette?


Ask Mr. Dad: What price raising a material girl?

Dear Mr. Dad: My 12-year old daughter has become obsessed with designer labels. Basic Levis and generic shoes aren't good enough anymore. And if I so much as mention the word "Walmart," she won't even speak to me. What is going on with her? I find her materialism revolting. Is there anything I can do to stop it?

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