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Direct Answers – Taken for a Ride

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I suppose I am writing because I need advice…more advice than my friends have offered…or just better advice than my friends have offered.

Winter Educational Ideas for Preschoolers

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It’s always fun to use things in our children’s everyday lives to spark discussion and easy educational activities. Since many of us are currently in the midst of winter, this season can be a great topic of “study” for our littlest ones.

Direct Answers – Push Comes To Shove

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Fifteen months ago I wrote for advice on confronting my dad who was having continuous affairs on my stepmom for as long as I can remember. I believed it was affecting the well-being of my children, their grandchildren.

Top Five Fun Winter Weekend Family Activities & Ideas

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Winter can be a challenging season when it comes to thinking of things to do for the entertainment of families, kids need to get out and burn that energy off yet the seasonal weather is not exactly cooperative for hours of outside play.

Direct Answers – I Am Who I Am

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I Am Who I Am

I am a woman, twice divorced, with adult children. My first husband and I divorced after six horrible years. My second husband left me for another woman. I spent three years struggling to come to grips with the situation and began dating again.

Direct Answers – Slip Sliding Away

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Slip Sliding Away

My ex-boyfriend ended our relationship six months ago. We were together for a year. He is 27, me 31. He ended things because he felt he was invested in our relationship and I was not.

Handy Tips for Storing Holiday Items

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Every holiday, many of us find ourselves digging through miscellaneous boxes and bins trying to find ornaments, decorations, special holiday-oriented items, and holiday paraphernalia, often including the Christmas tree.

Direct Answers – Self-Deception

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Self-deception

Four months ago I connected with Bill, a man I’ve known for 20 years. We always wanted to date and finally it happened. We’re happy both of us were available.

8 Tips for a Stress-Less Holiday to Make

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I think GPS systems are the greatest. (Global Position System) I know a few people who definitely need them.

Direct Answers – Growing Up is Hard to Do

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Growing Up Is Hard To Do

My name is Kaitlyn and I’m 19. I met my first love sophomore year of high school. We were boyfriend and girlfriend in a play and ended up dating at the end of my sophomore year.

Christmas Traditions & Activities – 20 Fun & Meaningful Ideas for Any Family

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Christmas is not about the presents under the tree, the decorations and the lights, the concerts or the fancy meals. It’s not about shopping, snow, caroling, or Santa Clause. True Christmas is found in the first syllable of the very word itself, who is all too often forgotten.

How Christmas is Celebrated Around The World

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Christmas is a Christian holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus. This feast was created by the Pope to promote Christianity and remove Pagan festivals celebrated at the winter solstice.

During the IVth century, the Pope decided to bring the Christmas day on December 25th.

Why I Love Christmas

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For some, Christmas is just another day on the calendar. It’s one holiday out of many. But for me – and for billions of others – Christmas is much more than just a holiday. It’s a state of mind.

Direct Answers – Respect

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T

My husband has been involved with another woman for over a year. In June he said it was over,  but began seeing her again in October.

Direct Answers – In Name Only

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Direct Answers from Wayne and Tamara – Column for the week of November 28, 2016

In Name Only

When I was 18, I got pregnant. My boyfriend left me when I told him. Three years later I met someone I thought was nice and responsible.

Direct Answers – Anchors Aweigh

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Direct Answers from Wayne and Tamara – Column for the week of November 21, 2016

Anchors Aweigh

I always thought my stepdad was my real dad, but it turns out he wasn’t. When I was 17, my mom told me I had a different father. My real father dropped out before I was born.

How to Create a Happy Homemade Holiday

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One of the best ways to kick off the holiday season is to decorate. And while it’s easy to load your cart with beautiful décor from your favourite store, Christmas is more personal when decorations are homemade.

11 Ways to Deal with the Negative People Around You

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Negative people are everywhere. You cannot expect everyone to have the kind of positive outlook in life and attitude as you do. They just come out and then start ruining your life. Although some aren’t aware that they have negative personalities, others meanwhile are purely mean and awful. One unfortunate thing about negative people is that you can never avoid them. In fact, they are all around you. So the best thing for you to do is to try not to avoid them, instead find ways to deal with them.

Direct Answers – The Bully

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Direct Answers from Wayne and Tamara – Column for the week of November 14, 2016

The Bully

Two married couples live across the street. In the past I would speak to the ladies or their
husbands in passing out of politeness, and they would speak or wave back.

Direct Answers – Jessie’s Girl, Without a Doubt

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Direct Answers from Wayne and Tamara – Column for the week of November 7, 2016

Jessie’s Girl

I’ve known this girl for a few years and she’s my best friend. I’m 25, she’s 24. I always had more than friendship feelings for her, but never told her because of the risk of ruining our friendship.

10 Winter Essentials For Your Baby

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Winter is hard on everyone, but especially your little ones. If you are like most parents, you are constantly fretting about whether or not they are warm enough or if you are protecting them from all the germs that make winter especially nasty. Well, have no fear! Here is a list of the top 10 baby must haves every parent needs to ensure that their little one has a safe and happy winter.

Direct Answers – Epitaph

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Direct Answers from Wayne and Tamara – Column for the week of October 31, 2016

Epitaph

Last week my ex-husband died of an accidental drug overdose. We have a son, 10, he had not seen in three years by his own choice.

Direct Answers – End of The Line

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Direct Answers from Wayne and Tamara – Column for the week of October 24, 2016

End Of The Line

I married my wonderful husband three years ago. He is 32, eight years older than me. I admit his age was an issue for me when we first met, but it is not an issue anymore.

Direct Answers – In Good Time

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Direct Answers from Wayne and Tamara – Column for the week of October 17, 2016

In Good Time

If you remember, I wrote you six months ago about a childhood spanking incident.

I got spanked for not leaving a note telling my mom where I was while she was gone. But I did! My little sister threw the note away. My mom spanked me in a moment of panic when she couldn’t find me.

Holiday Memories Rest on Traditions

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For most people, holiday seasons bring with them warm memories from years past. Traditions are the stuff those memories are built on, and each family has its own special tradition that comes either from the long ago past or has been built in just one or two generations.

Direct Answers – No Happy Ending

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Direct Answers from Wayne and Tamara – Column for the week of October 3, 2016

No Happy Ending

My friend confessed to me that the husband of one of our friends is coming on to her. He sends her email from a new account and tells her how lovely she is. He also tells her, “I like and miss you.”

Direct Answers – Bottomless Pit

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Direct Answers from Wayne and Tamara – Column for the week of September 26, 2016

Bottomless Pit

Can you explain this to me? Just recently I was engaged to a wonderful man with whom I had the closest of spiritual, mental and physical connections. He was the man I dreamed of my whole life.

How to Make Laundry Smell Good

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Pick up a freshly washed piece of garment from the pile of your laundry; hot out of the dryer, does it smell fresh and clean or does it have peculiar odors or has a distinct sour smell? Most of us have been through situations when it was simply impossible to get the odor out of clothes even after running them through two wash cycles. If your have been trying to wade your way through piles of laundry that does not smells less than fresh even when they are just out of the dryer, here are some simple tips that can be used to ensure that your clothes come out smelling fantastic each time.

Direct Answers – All The Wrong Reasons

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Direct Answers from Wayne and Tamara – Column for the week of September 19, 2016

All The Wrong Reasons

I have been dating a divorced woman for the past eight months. In the beginning I’d go out of my way to do little things to make her life easier. I’d buy her flowers or bring lunch to her at work. And she worshipped me for it!

Direct Answers – Familiar Tale

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Direct Answers from Wayne and Tamara – Column for the week of September 12, 2016

Familiar Tale

I am a divorced mother of three, divorced almost nine years. I thought I would never find happiness again. Well, I have. I think.

Direct Answers If Wishes Were Horses

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Direct Answers from Wayne and Tamara – Column for the week of September 5, 2016

If Wishes Were Horses…

My husband and I are happily married. After years of severe infertility and seven miscarriages, I adopted two infants now in their early 20s. One child is away at college. The younger child is in college part-time, lives at home and is unemployed.

Direct Answers – In Good Time

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Direct Answers from Wayne and Tamara – Column for the week of August 29, 2016

In Good Time

I go to a church camp every summer for a week. Last year I met this boy, Bob, a counselor. He was 20, I was 16. I poked fun at him and we became good friends. We talked on Facebook. One day he gave me his number. I now know that was against the rules and he broke that rule big time.

Direct Answers – Crooked Mile

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Direct Answers from Wayne and Tamara – Column for the week of August 22, 2016

The Crooked Mile

I am married to an awesome and caring guy, but it seems I am missing my ex. I don’t know what is wrong.

Direct Answers – Liar’s Paradox

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Direct Answers from Wayne and Tamara – Column for the week of August 8, 2016

Liar’s Paradox

My wife and I have been married many years. Recently she received a phone call out of the blue from an old boyfriend she knew before she met me. He is a guy she almost married. I could tell my wife was thrilled to know he was still thinking of her.

Genius Family Road Trip Ideas: Lifehacks for Parents

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Its no secret that family road trips can be incredibly stressful –

Especially if you have multiple children, and many, many miles to go. We have all seen the same blog repeated a thousand times with a myriad of activities to keep children occupied during family road trips, and yes, in a perfect world, all children are content to color and play with pipe cleaners and quietly keep to themselves for hours on end… but back here, in the real world, children have to use the bathroom, (always at the WORST time), they get bored (understandably so), and this boredom and frustration over the inability to get up and use up some of the endless energy they can’t help but have, often ends with tearful tantrums on their part, and equally frustrated parents. In this article we will provide a list of activities to keep your little one(s) occupied, but we will go beyond that and focus on family road trip ideas for parents.

Three Campfire Building Techniques

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If you plan to take a family camping vacation trip this year then it’s a good bet you and everyone else in the family are really looking forward to building a fantastic campfire. Not everyone knows the best ways to build a campfire though, so here are three simple and easy techniques that will make your campfire a raging success.

How to Make a Lasting Memory on Father’s Day

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On dad’s big day in June, make a lasting impression on him by taking him on a memorable adventure. Here are some ideas to take your gift-giving to the next level from Mark’s, a leader in men’s casual wear and footwear:

Direct Answers – Fools Rush In

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Direct Answers from Wayne and Tamara – Column for the week of June 13, 2016

Fools Rush In

I’ve dated a man for a year and a half. I had my doubts about our future since the day I met him, but my love is so deep I always convince myself there’s no one else for me. My family and friends, however, tell me otherwise.

Direct Answers – C’est La Vie

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 Direct Answers from Wayne and Tamara – Column for the week of June 6, 2016

 C’est La Vie

My life is in shambles right now. I don’t know to what extent it’s my fault and how to fix it. Sometimes I feel like God is using me to do a remake of Job.

A little less than four years ago I was on top of the world. I had a high paying job in the financial sector in my hometown. I thrived and excelled in this job. My manager, Dan, and I clicked. We could have meaningful discussions with two grunts and a head nod. Dan was a great guy, very OCD, but I learned to be Tom Cruise to his Rain Man.

Direct Answers – His Way

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Direct Answers from Wayne and Tamara – Column for the week of May 30, 2016

You have never met anyone like my father. He is an entrepreneur who is into construction, real estate and other ventures. He has more companies than I have pairs of underwear. He has a guy working for him who is there just to smooth over employees and to rehire the guys my father didn’t mean to fire.

Direct Answers – Mirror, Mirror

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Direct Answers from Wayne and Tamara – Column for the week of May 23, 2016

Mirror, Mirror

I’m a girl, 14, and I live at home with my family. I’ve had problems with my mother all of my life. Nothing serious, at least nothing dangerous, but since I could speak in full sentences, we’ve had these screaming matches.

Draw Closer to Your Kids With a Daily Afternoon Tea Time

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“I started drinking tea when my children were preschool age. Somewhere along the line we started having Afternoon Tea together after school. My children are now teenagers and love having tea almost as much as I do.”-Brenda Hyde

The typical menu for tea time seems to include several different types of tea sandwiches, cut into squares or triangles (cucumber, chicken salad, egg salad, etc), some kind of quiche, grapes, scones, cookies, cake or pie, and finally, tea!

Direct Answers – True Love

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Direct Answers from Wayne and Tamara – Column for the week of May 16, 2016

 True Love

I love my boyfriend. Absolutely love him. He’s the greatest damn human that has ever walked into my life. I would literally do anything for him.

Last Minute DIY Tips for Backyard Hosting

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Summer means outdoor entertaining. Whether you’re hosting a wedding reception, a family reunion or a birthday party, you’ll want to make the backyard get together memorable. Here are some quick DIY ideas to help you get ready for a fun, stress-free gathering.

Direct Answers – Easier Said Than Done

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Direct Answers from Wayne and Tamara – Column for the week of May 9, 2016

Easier Said Than Done

Alison, in your letter last week you said you are almost 46, working as an upscale escort, the mother of two young children, in a loveless marriage, and hoping for a proposal from Simon, one of your clients.

Direct Answers – Universes Collide

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Direct Answers from Wayne and Tamara – Column for the week of May 2, 2016

Universes Collide

For almost two decades I was a school teacher in some of the toughest areas in London. It was challenging and fulfilling, but I was barely able to make ends meet. Every month I struggled to pay the mortgage and put food on the table.

Direct Answers – A Painful Tension

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Direct Answers from Wayne and Tamara – Column for the week of April 25, 2016

A Painful Tension

My aunt has not spoken to me in three years. We used to be close. Summers I would stay with her husband and her daughter, my same age, out of state. Now I wonder if the get-togethers were her husband’s doing.

Drink the Coffee, Use the Grounds

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I enjoy coffee. I generally put the grounds into my composter where they will add nutrients to the compost, or I dig them directly into my garden soil for the same purpose. However, there are numerous other ways to use your spent coffee grounds.

Terrible Tantrums: 5 Parent Mistakes That Make Them Worse

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One minute your toddler is giggling with delight and in the next, he’s having an uncontrollable meltdown. Overwhelmed with emotion, he won’t listen to reason. As a caregiver, you feel embarrassed, helpless and upset. What do you do?

Direct Answers -Terms of Service, Least Common Denominator

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Direct Answers from Wayne and Tamara – Column for the week of April 18, 2016

Terms of Service

Tom and I have been friends for about 10 years. We’ve been there for each other through everything. Recently we were put in the position where he is my supervisor. Recently, also, we had a little romantic incident.