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    Chris Erskine: A lesson in household budgeting

    A family meeting is called to rein in expenses using a family budget while also trying to keep the 23-year-old and 28-year-old financially afloat.


    Ask Mr. Dad: Exploring the culinary arts

    Dear Mr. Dad: I'm not a whiz in the kitchen but I learned enough as a kid to make it through college without having to subsist solely on peanut butter sandwiches and Ramen noodles. My wife and I both cook meals but we can't seem to get our son (age 11) remotely interested in cooking. How do we get...


    Living with Children

    Q: My 18-year-old son and a slightly younger friend recently found some mice and decided to dispose of them. They drowned one and set the other one on fire. When I confronted my son for torturing animals, his response was "They're just mice." Is this typical boy behavior or should I be concerned?


    Sharon Randall: Waiting for the son rise

    The message was brief. I read it twice: "Hey, Mom, can I come see you guys this weekend?"


    Ana Veciana-Suarez: Sacrificing at the altar of busyness

    When the children start school. When they get older. When they go off to college. When they leave the house to settle on their own.


    Balancing Act: Readers don't know it all � and they're OK with it

    CHICAGO - I'm still baffled by the Dow Jones industrial average and I'm not yet confident I could cook a turkey. But I take comfort in the many instructive notes I received upon admitting how little I know after four decades on Earth. ("Celebrating 40th birthday with a 10-year to-do list," March...


    A wild idea for an Easter egg hunt

    Give a traditional egg hunt a fun, nature-friendly spin with this idea from blogger Deb Olmstead of Fill emptied and washed eggshells with birdseed, then hide them in your yard (or a local park that allows bird feeding) for all your wild neighbors. "You can go on an outdoor...


    Social Security Q&A: Disability

    Q: I applied for disability benefits, but was denied. I'd like to appeal. Can I do it online?


    Daddy Nickell: Bringing home a pet

    Are you raising an animal lover? If so, chances are they've already asked for a puppy, kitten, guinea pig, lizard, snake or bird of their own. Bringing home a pet is a big decision and shouldn't be taken lightly - especially if you have young kids in your home. I've put together some tips and advice...


    Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Toughen up defense against the costs of team sports

    You can really spend a ton on your kid's sports, especially if you have more than one child playing. Here are some ways I've cut the cost:

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