September 3, 2012 in Features

Annie’s Mailbox: Put some clothes on those grandkids

Kathy Mitchell

Dear Annie: My two daughters think nothing of letting their opposite-sex children run around naked, alone or with a group of family members. These two cousins also bathe and use the bathroom together. The boy is 8, and the girl is 7.

Is this acceptable behavior, or should they be told to keep their clothes on? – Perplexed Grandma

Dear Grandma: These kids are a little too old to be running around naked in public and sharing baths. Suggest to your daughters that they teach the children about respecting their bodies before one of them hits puberty.

Dear Annie: “Concerned” is right to be concerned about her sister’s memory lapses. My mother has dementia, and I am up on the signs. Treatment should be sought sooner rather than later. There are mental acuity tests to determine whether there really is a problem, and if so, there are medications that can slow down the progression of this disease.

Tell her to make an appointment with a neurologist. Help her understand that an evaluation is in her best interests. If she won’t go, “Concerned” should talk to her doctor before her next visit. She can go along and give the doctor a note expressing her concerns. – I’m There

Dear There: A certain amount of forgetfulness is not cause for alarm. But if her sister’s memory lapses are severe and interfere with functioning, a visit with a doctor will help. Thanks.

Annie’s Snippet for Labor Day (credit Sophocles): Without labor nothing prospers.

Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.

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