Q&A: Enforcing rules with neighbour’s children

It seems every child on the block hangs out at our house. We have stricter rules than most parents on our street about where our grade-school children are allowed to go, so all the children end up here. I’m pleased they feel comfortable at our home, but sometimes it feels overwhelming. What should we do?

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Q&A: Giving my children more but on a budget

I’m a stay-at-home mum and my husband works hard to support our family, but we’re living on a shoestring budget. How can I give my children the chance to try different activities and programs when we don’t have much money? I don’t want them to miss out on life-enriching opportunities.

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Q&A: Unemployed adult child moving in with us

My son just lost his job. While they get back on their feet, he and his family will be moving in with us starting next month. We’re excited to have them around for a while – but also a bit apprehensive. How can we maintain good relationships during this time?

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Q&A: Teaching my pre-teen about self-image

My daughter is entering the “tween” years, and I’m concerned about her self-image. The other girls in her peer group are so focused on being thin and wearing the right clothes. But my mum always told me, “Pretty is as pretty does.” How can I get that same message across?

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Q&A: Resuming friendship after an emotional affair

Should we terminate our friendship with another couple after the man and I became involved in an emotional affair? It’s over now, and our spouses have taken a firm but conciliatory attitude towards the whole thing. We’ve suspended our normal get-togethers for the time being. At some point, though, do you think it would be okay to resume our friendship?

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