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  • Mr. Dad: Fatherhood brings more risks at 45

    Dear Mr. Dad: I’m 45 and my wife is 35. We’ve been together for more than 10 years and have finally decided to have a family. I know that it …


  • Mr. Dad: Key factors can help set family size

    Dear Mr. Dad: It seems like every time I turn on the TV, there are the Duggars, with their 19 children, and Octomom with 14. How many kids are too …


  • Mr. Dad: Soldier faces big changes back home

    Dear Mr. Dad: I’ve been deployed in Afghanistan for 13 months and am returning home next week. Being apart from my wife and children for so long has got me …


  • Mr. Dad: Stay-at-home plan means big changes

    Dear Mr. Dad: My wife and I decided that we want one parent at home with our child full time – at least until he starts preschool. Since she earns …


  • Mr. Dad: Don’t fear the light of your life

    Dear Mr. Dad: I was up changing my baby’s diaper last night and saw green sparks shooting out of it. I called my wife in to show her, but it …


  • Mr. Dad: Adopted son presents challenges

    Dear Mr. Dad: When I married my husband, my biological son was 5. My husband adopted him two years later. My husband is financially and spiritually supportive, but he doesn’t …


  • Move beyond age differences

    Dear Mr. Dad: My mom is 46 and has been divorced from our dad for two years. Recently she met Doug, who’s 33. He seems nice enough and mom says …


  • Toddler’s teeth need attention

    Dear Mr. Dad: My wife thinks we should be brushing our 2-year-old’s teeth every night. But the nights I put our daughter to bed, she refuses to let me brush …


  • Keep an eye on toddler’s TV time

    Dear Mr. Dad: My 18-month-old son is suddenly obsessed with TV. He watches at least three to four hours per day. My wife doesn’t see the problem since it allows …


  • Mr. Dad: Make amends with mom

    Dear Mr. Dad: I’ve always resented my mother and thought she was a lousy parent. I saw only her negative side and was extremely critical and judgmental. But now that …


  • Mr. Dad: Avoid low road in divorce

    Dear Mr. Dad: I’m getting divorced. My spouse is acting horribly and I have to admit that I haven’t been behaving much better. I’m angry and I find myself wanting …


  • Dads-to-be are often anxious

    Dear Mr. Dad: I’m a first time father-to-be, and the entire pregnancy has been going very well for me and my wife. But about two weeks ago, I started experiencing …


  • Mr. Dad: Obesity a growing problem

    Dear Mr. Dad: Our son is only 10, but he is already extremely overweight. He loves food and we don’t want to deny him his favorite dishes, but we’re starting …


  • Mr. Dad: Plenty to do if you use imagination

    Dear Mr. Dad: We can’t afford to send our two kids, 5 and 7, to winter camp, so it’s going to be just me and them for the next two …


  • Mr. Dad: Show son importance of truth

    Dear Mr. Dad: Our 9-year-old son is a habitual liar. He fibs even about the smallest, most insignificant things. But whenever we challenge him, he stands his ground and tries …


  • Mr. Dad: New mom needs lots of support

    Dear Mr. Dad: Our son is 3 weeks old and my wife is exhausted from breastfeeding. I have to be out of the house early in the morning to make …


  • Mr. Dad: Father, daughter have tough road

    Dear Mr. Dad: My daughter is 19 and has been in rehab three times. When she was 5, her mother died and my daughter was placed in foster care because …


  • Mr. Dad: Kids should learn value of practice

    Dear Mr. Dad: My 9-year-old son has no interest in practicing sports. He says he wants to play in games but cringes whenever I mention that he need to go …


  • Mr. Dad: Distractions hinder baby’s sleep

    Dear Mr. Dad: We’re having trouble getting our almost-4-month-old daughter to take naps. Until a week or two ago, everything was fine. Now she won’t go down for more than …


  • Mr. Dad: Give child more time than things

    Dear Mr. Dad: My wife and I are relatively well off and can give our kids whatever they want. But how can we be generous without spoiling them rotten? A: …


  • Mr. Dad: Advice to teens: Remain in school

    Dear Mr. Dad: Our 15-year-old son wants to quit school and get a job. He has struggled academically but we always assumed he’d graduate and go on to college. We’re …


  • Mr. Dad: Teen shouldn’t be family’s provider

    Dear Mr. Dad: I’m 17, and my father walked out when I was 9. Since then it’s been my three younger brothers, my mom and me. But my relationship with …


  • Mr. Dad: Many factors influence verbal skills

    Dear Mr. Dad: I can’t help but notice that some of the kids at my daughter’s day care are way more verbal than she is. We read to her all …


  • Mr. Dad: Day care has advantages over nanny

    Dear Mr. Dad: My wife and I are expecting our first child and we’re on the fence about whether to hire a nanny or find a child care center for …


  • Mr. Dad: Bratty grandson tricky proposition

    Dear Mr. Dad: My daughter and son-in-law are raising their 4-year-old child with no discipline or boundaries. The boy is a brat, screaming and throwing temper tantrums whenever he doesn’t …


  • Mr. Dad: Getting enough sleep vital for kids

    Dear Mr. Dad: My 12-year-old daughter spent most of the summer at various camps and came back just before school started. While she was away she was allowed to stay …


  • Mr. Dad: Take action on shoplifting incident

    Dear Mr. Dad: We just got back from shopping and I noticed that my 7-year-old son had a small toy in his pocket. When I asked where he got it, …


  • Mr. Dad: Laid-off father can pitch in at home

    Dear Mr. Dad: Two months ago I was laid off from my factory job after six years there. It was a sudden decision by the owners to cut costs, so …


  • Mr. Dad: Father shouldn’t be one of the guys

    Dear Mr. Dad: My husband is 42 but often hangs out with our 13-year-old son and his friends, acting like a kid himself. Am I wrong to want my husband …


  • Mr. Dad: Make men’s health a priority

    Dear Mr. Dad: My husband’s father had several heart attacks and recently died of prostate cancer. That means my husband is in a high risk group and should have regular …