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Daytime Wetting in ChildrenThis is a page about daytime wetting in children. Sometimes older children will have an accident during the day. If not due to medical reasons then you have a different issue to resolve.

 

A tired college student trying to study.

Setting a Curfew for College Age Children?This is a page about setting a curfew for college age children. College students still living at home are still a subject of worry for their parents.

 

Young girl pulling on her hair

My Child's Hair is Not GrowingThis is a page about my child's hair is not growing. Almost everyone's hair grows at a similar rate. Sometimes there may be factors that effect this growth rate.

 

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Daughter-In-Law Won't Accept Used Items?I need a little advice here. I have a daughter-in-law who is due with our first grandchild. She grew up more fortunate than our children. I bought several things in really good shape at a garage sale but was told by her that she only wants new stuff, she doesn't want anything used by someone else. How do i handle a situation like this?

 

Child Buttoning Shirt

Child Refuses to Wear Underwear and Other Clothing ItemsThis is a page about a child refusing to wear underwear and other clothing items. There are numerous reasons that a child might refuse to wear certain types of clothing. It could be out of stubbornness, physical discomfort, or a range of psychological causes. Here is some advice if you are struggling with this issue.

 

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Can Food Coloring Be Harmful?My daughter has discovered using food coloring to color her oatmeal and milk to make it more enjoyable for her to eat. My question is this, does anyone know if too much food coloring is harmful, or unhealthy to children? She likes to use it everyday, and it is now the only way I can get her to drink milk and eat oatmeal.

 

Woman and Her Adult Daughter

Being a Parent to Adult Children?By the time your child has become an adult, they can become your friend. You want to be able to show your love, and be an ear for their important life decisions. This page is about being a parent to adult children.

 

A young man looking irritated with his parents, who are also frustrated.

Feeling Disconnected from ParentsAs we grow into adulthood, we develop our own ideas about the direction our lives should take. Our parents can often have different opinions. This can challenge the relationship.

 

Celebating A Child's Birthday Without Much Money?Birthdays are important to children and no parent wants to disappoint, but sometimes finances are strained at just the wrong times. We have advice for celebrating your child's big day on a shoestring budget.

 

A child placing coins into three jars, marked savings, toys and education.

Teaching Kids How to BudgetOften the best way to teach your children how to budget is by example or by giving them a set budget for things like back to school supplies or clothing. Talk to them about the choices they made and the insights they acquired by having to make spending choices. This page contains suggestions for teaching kids how to budget.

 

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How to Talk to Kids about School Shootings?How do I talk to my kids about school shootings? I have been living abroad and my family and I just moved back to the United States. My kids grew up in a different country where firearms were illegal for citizens to own. My son just started 2nd grade today and I realized he probably doesn't know about school shootings.

 

Cute baby sitting up and smiling.

Comments About Baby Modeling and Beauty PageantsParents sometimes entertain the idea of pursuing modeling and pageant opportunities for their babies and young children. There are varying schools of thought on this endeavor. This page contains comments from members about baby modeling and beauty pageants, from differing positions.

 

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Making a Child's Travel BuddyKeep a young child happy and entertained during long road trips with one of these cute little bags. This is a page about making a child's travel buddy.

 

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Kids Constantly Fighting Over Xbox Controller?My kids fight over the Xbox game console all day long. I've taken it away, put them on restrictions, tried talking to them, but nothing works. I really want to do bad things to that Xbox. Should I?

 

Kids happy playing in the snow.

Keeping Kids Warm While Playing in the SnowChildren love playing in the snow, but need to be dressed well to protect them from both the cold and moisture. This is a page about keeping kids warm while playing in the snow.

 

Young child kissing a newborn.

Preparing Children for a New SiblingWhen expecting a new member in your family, it is important to make sure the older children know how important they are. This is a page about preparing children for new sibling.

 

Woman calculating expenses, with money, calculator and a small house model.

Tips for Frugal MomsParenting can be expensive and the smart mother learns where to cut corners. This is a page about tips for frugal moms.

 

Father helping his son washing dishes

Raising Boys to Become Responsible Husbands and FathersThis is a page about raising boys to become responsible husbands and fathers. Teaching boys to be successful, responsible husbands and fathers begins when they are young. Teach them to respect women and to be self sufficient, helpful, and to share responsibilities in their future relationships.

 

Postit note, with words "Pay the Rent" written on it.

Charging Adult Age Children RentIt is common for older, adult aged, children to remain at home longer. Many parents charge some level of rent in such cases. Sometimes chores can be traded for a portion of this rent. This is a page about charging adult age children rent.

 

Children's Clothing

Frugal Tips for Children's ClothingWhether it's because the clothes are too small or they have been damaged, kids always need new clothes. This is a page about frugal tips for children's clothing.

 

Childs Feet Dangling While Sitting on Toilet

Potty Training an Older ChildThis is a page about potty training an older child. Potty training is not always an easy task. If you are trying to potty train an older child, here is some advice that you may find helpful.

 

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Should I Let My Son Quit Football?Sometimes team sports turn out out to not be as fun or engaging as a child may need. Teens and children quitting football due to the high danger of injuries, such as concussions, is becoming more and more common .

 

A girl holding a speech bubble.

Keep a Child's Quotes in a JournalKids say the darnedest things and it can be great to preserve those funny little sayings for future reference. Keep a child's quotes in a journal, so you can look back and laugh at the hilarious things your children said when they were younger.

 

A boy at work with his father, looking at blueprints.

Bring Your Child to Work Day IdeasI am trying to find new and exciting things to do on Bring Your Children to Work Day. Any and all ideas will be greatly appreciated. This page is about bring your child to work day ideas.

 

A lit crayon in a candle holder.

Use a Crayon as a Makeshift CandleIn a pinch, a crayon can be used as a candle. This is a page about use a crayon as a makeshift candle.

 

7 Year Old Picky Eater

7 Year Old Won't Eat Healthy Food?Young children can often be picky about certain foods. However, eating a healthy diet is an important lesson to learn even if it means a few tears are shed. This is a page about 7 year old won't eat healthy food.

 

A red piggy bank being held by a child's hands and then an adult's hands.

Being a Parent During Tough Economic TimesTough economic times can be especially difficult for families. This page offers advice for parents during tough economic times.

 

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Young teen boy washing the car.

10 Ways for Kids to Earn MoneyThere are a variety of jobs that children can do to make money. The options depend on their age and experience. This is a page about 10 ways for kids to earn money.

 

Mother and daughter blowing bubbles.

Frugal Fun With BubblesThis is a page about frugal fun with bubbles. Simple soap bubbles are inexpensive and can amuse all ages of children.

 

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Making Your Own Baby FoodWith the right ingredients and kitchen equipment, making your own baby food can be very easy. This is a page about making your own baby food.

 

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Consequences for Lying and Back TalkingThis is a page about consequences for lying and back talking. Trying to teach a child the consequences of their behavior is an important part of parenting.

 

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Household Routines for School Age ChildrenThis is a page about household routines for school age children. One way to help your children be successful in school and organized at home is to create routines.

 

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Teaching Children to Manage MoneyThis is a page about teaching children to manage money. Teaching your children the value of money and how to manage it is a good lesson that will help them out when they live on their own.

 

Teens roasting marshmallows around a campfire.

Boy-Girl Sleepover AdviceThis is a page about boy-girl sleepover advice. Parents can find themselves struggling with the request by their child to host a co-ed sleepover.

 

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Staying Connected with Your ChildrenThis is a page about staying connected with your children. As your children get older it can be easy to lose that connection you had when they were younger.

 

Monitoring Your Child's Texting

Monitoring Your Child's Texting?This is a page about monitoring your child's texting. Monitoring your child's texting is important to help keep them safe and out of trouble.

 

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Are Mylar Balloons Safe for Children?How safe is the mylar/foil balloon for children?

 

Child Support Money

Paying Child SupportThis is a page about paying child support. Child support is an ongoing periodic payment ordered by the court for the financial benefit of children. It is typically paid by the absent or noncustodial parent.

 

Grandchild Giving Flowers to Grandmother Gratitude

Teaching Grandchildren GratitudeIt is important for young people to understand the need to show appreciation for gifts given to them. This is a page about teaching grandchildren gratitude.

 

Child with Collection of Shells

Collecting Ideas for ChildrenThis is a page about collecting ideas for children. There are many things that children can collect that aren't expensive, but are fun.

 

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Tooth Fairy IdeasThis is a page about tooth fairy ideas. As your child grows one by one those little teeth fall out. Playing the tooth fairy can be lots of fun.

 

Messy Kids

Containing Messy KidsThis is a page about containing messy kids. Little people can get very involved in their play, and get their toys spread all over the place.

 

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Entertaining a Sick ChildThis is a page about entertaining a sick child. When your child isn't well and needs to stay home from school, a different toy or art supplies can help take their mind off the illness.

 

Mom Teaching Child Personal Hygiene

Teaching Children Personal HygieneThis is a page about teaching children personal hygiene. Developing good cleaning habits early in life can help your child avoid germs and possible illness.

 

Child Taking a Nap

Getting Children to Take NapsThis is a page about getting children to take naps. An important break in a young child's day is a nap. Whether sleeping or just slowing down and resting, your child will be healthier in many ways.

 

Old Chest

Starting a Hope ChestThis is a page about starting a hope chest. Traditionally young girls began collecting items in their hope chest for their future wedding and married life. You can continue this practice and even update it to match contemporary practices.

 

Father and Daughter Working on Family Creativity

Jumpstarting Your Family's CreativityThis is a page about jumpstarting your family's creativity. Parents can help encourage creativity in their children and themselves by engaging in activities that are both fun and educational.

 

A mother reading to her young daughter at bedtime.

Bedtime Tips and TricksThis is a page about bedtime tips and tricks. When it's time for bed, it can help to have a regular routine to relax and slow down that young person.

 

Tips for the Stay at Home Mom

Tips for the Stay at Home Mom?This is a page about tips for the stay at home mom. It can be a real challenge to tackle repetitious chores and lack of adult interaction, when your all time job is taking care of children.

 

Children's Toys

Rotating Your Child's ToysThis page is about rotating your child's toys. Children generally have more toys than they can play with at one time, and they just tend to create clutter.

 

Mom and Baby

Parenting Tips and TricksThis page contains parenting tips and tricks. When raising your children, there is always something to learn to help them develop into responsible, motivated adults.

 

Mother Scolding Arguing Child

Stopping Children From ArguingIf your child argues with you often, it can be difficult to not argue back. This page is about stopping children from arguing.

 

Kids making crafts at Sunday school.

Teaching Children About Religion?This is a page about teaching children about religion. Religion can be a confusing topic for children. Giving your child accurate and current information about world religions will help them to learn what religion is best for them.

 

Two kids making fruit kabobs.

Making a Cookbook for KidsThis page is about making a cookbook for kids. Learning to cook is an important life skill. You can encourage your children to learn by making cookbook with them.

 

A frustrated mom sitting next to her son who is jumping on the couch.

How Do Parents Find Personal Time?This page is about how do parents find personal time? Keeping children well taken care of and engaged can leave parents with very little time for their own needs.

 

Important phone number written on a refrigerator.

Preparing for a BabysitterThis is a page about preparing for a baby sitter. There are some things you can do to prepare for your babysitter that will make her or his job easier and make you feel more comfortable leaving your children in their care.

 

Family Feet

Deciding When to Have ChildrenGrowing your family is a major decision that will affect many facets of your life. Whether adopting a child or getting pregnant, new life brings with it many wonderful changes. This page is about when to start having children.

 

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Expanding a Child's VocabularyA well developed vocabulary makes for better communication and knowledge acquisition. Expanding your child's vocabulary is fun and engaging. This page is about expanding your child's vocabulary.

 

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Learning Using AcronymsThis page is about acronyms make learning easier. Creating memory tricks to help you remember can make learning fun.

 

Little girl with dirty hands.

Keeping Kids Hands Clean When Playing OutsideThis is a page about keeping kids hands clean when playing outside. When kids play outside they can get dirty.

 

5 year old boy with his hands in the air.

5 Year Old Having Accidents?This is a page about 5 year old having accidents. Occasionally an older child will suddenly begin to have accidents. Determining the cause is critical to helping the child change this behavior.

 

A mom putting sunscreen on her child.

Applying Sunscreen to a Child?This page is about applying sunscreen to a child. Too much unprotected exposure to the sun is not good for anyone's skin.

 

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Autism Financial Advice for Parents?This is a page about autism financial advice for parents. Caring for an autistic child can be a drain on the family's finances.

 

Children watching a show at a park.

Keeping Children Safe in CrowdsThis is a page about keeping children safe in crowds. Crowded places can be very disconcerting for parents.

 

Family playing games.

Posting House Rules?This is a page about posting house rules. Posting the house rules makes it easier for all family members to quickly refer to the agreed upon rules.

 

A large family eating breakfast.

Parenting a Large FamilyThis is a page about parenting a large family. Parenting a large family can be difficult and overwhelming at times. But by using some shortcuts, organizational tips, and strategies you can get things running smoothly, at least most of the time.

 

messy bedroom

Encouraging Children to Get Rid of Extra Belongings?This is a page about encouraging children to get rid of extra belongings. Getting rid of excess belongings is often very difficult for all of us, including children.

 

A girl who can't find her parents.

Teaching a Child What to Do if They are LostThis is a page about teaching a child what to do if they are lost. Being lost is terrifying for most children. Teaching them safe methods of dealing with the situation can help ensure a positive and quick resolution to this parental nightmare.

 

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Helping Kids Find the Bathroom at NightThis is a page about helping kids find the bathroom at night. Sometimes when children need to get up to use the bathroom at night they might be groggy or uncomfortable in the dark.

 

A girl with special needs.

Parenting a Special Needs ChildThis is a page about parenting a special needs child. Parenting is an important, often challenging, job. This is even more true when you are parenting a special needs child who will also need you to be their advocate.

 

Two kids playing a game on a road trip.

Road Trip Game IdeasThis is a page about road trip game ideas. Road trips can be too long and uneventful for many children.

 

A young girl playing with a toy train.

Tips for Choosing Eco-Friendly ToysThis is a page about tips for choosing eco-friendly toys. There are many factors you can consider when trying to choose eco-friendly toys for your children, such as packaging, materials used in construction, and more.

 

boy with braces

Getting Your Child to Take Care of Their Braces?This is a page about getting your child to take care of their braces. Having your child get braces is very expensive, so it is very frustrating if you have to lecture them on caring for them properly.

 

5 year old dancing

Entertaining a 5 Year Old?This page is about entertaining a 5 year old. When you have lots of energy, it is fun to share time with these agile young people.

 

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Discussing Menstruation With Your DaughterThis page is about discussing menstruation with your daughter. It is important for young woman to to know that they are not alone, and their monthly cycle can begin at anytime.

 

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Keeping Kids From FightingThis page is about keeping kids from fighting. Whether good or bad, attention is always given when children choose to bicker.

 

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Saving Money on BabysittingThis page is about saving money on babysitting. Hiring an experienced sitter can be expensive, but there are ways to reduce the cost.

 

Mom Walking on the Beach with Daughter

Creating Childhood MemoriesThis page is about creating childhood memories. There are many ways to share quality time and adventures with kids.

 

Raising Children

Good Advice for Raising ChildrenThis page contains good advice for raising children. Consistency and patience are important when parenting young people.

 

Teaching Your Children

Teaching Your ChildrenThis is a page about teaching your children. Parents teach their children about many things at home, starting even before they begin school.

 

Rainy Day Activities

Rainy Day Activities for KidsThis page is about rainy day activities for kids. When playing outside is not an option, finding fun things for kids to do inside can be a challenge.

 

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Math Games for KidsThis is a page about math games for kids. Learning can be fun.

 

Labeling Children's Belongings

Labeling Children's BelongingsThis is a page about labeling children's belongings. Keeping track of your child's clothing and other belongings can be a major task. They seem to have a way of getting lost.

 

Bathtub Paint for Children

Bathtub Paint for ChildrenThis is a page about bathtub paint for children. Some kids love to take a bath and play things are just an extra, and then there are those you need to bribe; bathtub paint would be fun for both.

 

Saving Money on Bathtub Toys

Saving Money on Bathtub ToysThis is a page about saving money on bathtub toys. You don't have to spend a lot of money on tub toys.

 

Helping Kids Get Shots

Helping Kids Get ShotsThis is a page about helping kids get shots. Some children are very reluctant to get their shots. You can help make this a less painful and frightening experience.

 

Farmers Market

High Tech Kids in a Low Tech PlaceDuring a trip to the Saturday Market in Salem OR, I helped a little boy learn that not everything is high tech.

 

Child Who is Afraid of the Dark

Helping a Child Who is Afraid of the DarkThis page is about helping a child who is afraid of the dark. Parents are sometimes faced with assisting children who are spooked by darkness.

 

Boys Sparring in Taekwondo Class

Teaching Children About Personal SafetyThis page is about teaching children about personal safety. Helping your children be aware of possible dangers is important.

 

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Child Behaves Differently When Ex Spouse is Around?My ex tries so hard to turn our six year old son against me. I want to be positive and not allow it to affect me. I know he loves me and I'm going to do everything in my power to counter the negative, by loving my son more.

 

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Children of Varying Ages Sharing a Bedroom?I was just wondering if I should move my toddler into my tweens room. I am running out of room and will be having another baby soon. Is it OK to do this?

 

Daughters Horse Riding Daddy

Raising GirlsThis page is about raising girls. Although parenting girls and boys have many similarities, there are important differences to understand.

 

Young Boy Pushing Shopping Cart

Shopping With ChildrenThis page is about shopping with children. Maintaining family harmony when shopping with the kids can be a challenge for many parents.

 

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Children and Sports?My sons want to join the local footy team, but from what I have seen I don't know if I should let them. It looks pretty dangerous and they have never played a game of footy in their life. Should I let them or not?

 

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Setting Bedtime for Children?What time should I be putting my kids to bed? I put my youngest 4 (2-6) to bed a 7:30 on school days and 7:50 on weekends and my oldest 6 (8-16) go to bed at 8:30 on school days and 9 on weekends. Is this an OK bedtime or is it too late or early?

 

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Parental Consistency?Is it harmful that my husband encourages our 10 year old to not tell me about things that they've purchased at the store that I've already said no to? My husband thinks it's cute and I am really upset that he is teaching my son to deceive me.

 

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Keeping Kids Entertained During Summer BreakThis is a page about keeping kids entertained during summer break. Summer is coming and the kids will be looking for things to keep them busy.

 

Child Coloring in a Coloring Book

Saving Money On Coloring BooksThis is a page about saving money on coloring books. Coloring books are a great pastime for children and adults alike.

 

Making a Chore Chart for Children

Making a Chore Chart for ChildrenThis is a page about making a chore chart for children. Empowering your children by including them in the family chores is a good step in teaching them responsibility.

 

Teaching a Child to Be Thoughtful

Teaching a Child to Be ThoughtfulThis is a page about teaching a child to be thoughtful. By providing children with examples and opportunities to practice thoughtful behavior we instill this valuable attitude into their social skills set.

 

Teaching a Child to Be Thoughtful

Teaching a Child to Be RespectfulThis page is about teaching a child to be respectful. Showing children respect is a good start to teaching them to respect others.

 

Limiting Fights Over the TV

Limiting Fights Over the TVThis is a page about limiting fights over the TV. Frequently every family experiences arguments and bickering over what to watch on TV.

 

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Picky Eater Boy

Parenting a Picky EaterMany children can be very picky eaters, causing concern and frustration for their parents. This is a page about parenting a picky eater.

 

Set Household Routines for School Success

Set Household Routines for School SuccessOver the years, I have learned a couple of tricks to keep my kids healthy, well-fed and rested so they can put their full attention toward learning. My boys are teenagers now but need structure more than ever. Here is what I do.

 

Frugal Family With Girl Holding Piggy Bank

Frugal Parenting Tips and TricksThis page contains frugal parenting tips and tricks. Raising a family can be a very costly endeavor; with careful planning and creative thinking you can employ some frugal approaches to parenting.

 

Boy sitting on couch.

Use a Handkerchief as a BibI use handkerchiefs as a bib for my baby. I have bought lots of them in different colors and like to coordinate them with his outfit.

 

Dad Helping His Daughter get Ready for School

Being Organized for School MorningsThe first thing you need to do is eliminate the mad scramble of the morning rush. You need to be organized and be prepared ahead of time. I will give you some great tips to avoid the morning chaos.

 

A ferris wheel at Disneyworld.

Thrifty RegretsNow that my children are at the stage where they were moving away to pursue their own adult lives, I find myself having moments where I am absolutely consumed with regret. We never went to Disney World.

 

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Anxiety Over Wearing Knickers?My 5 year old daughter has developed a fear of wearing her knickers over the past few months which has gradually gotten worse to the point where she screams her head off, cries and throws herself to the floor if we try to get her to wear them. When we do manage to get her to wear them as soon as she goes for a wee she will refuse to put them back on.

 

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Teaching Children the Value of Money?How do I show a child the value of money? Mom used to sit with me and pay bills with me. Now, everything is all on auto payments. Does anyone have suggestions for how to explain how things work?

 

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Grandchild Not Grateful for Birthday Gift?I sent my new college freshman grandson $50 on his birthday for his on-campus account last week. I know he knows I did so, because my son told me he had let my grandson know I did. Knowing my grandson responds to text messages, here's the one I just composed to him:

 

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Issues with an Adult Child & Rent?I live on low income disability. My paid for house is in desperate need of several repairs. My adult child and small grandchild moved in with me. They work 140 hrs per month and pay me $250 monthly to watch the child. I asked for $100 month "rent to start making repairs". They said "NO! The home is paid for. I'd rather live on my own than give you my $$."

 

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Mending a Broken Relationship with an Adult Daughter?My daughter drinks heavily, says she's bipolar, and is in a second marriage that's going sour. She left her first husband and kids for another man 12 years older who treats her like a child. Every couple of months she leaves him to come to my house putting her job in jeopardy.

 

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Finding Help After the Loss of a Child?I lost my only child. I am having trouble coping. Although he was an adult, he really was all I had. Is there anyone else going through this pain?

 

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