Miriam's Advice Well

From dating to parenting, Miriam welcomes all questions. Posted every Monday.

Dear Miriam | Spotted Lanternflies Pose Moral Dilemma

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Dear Miriam, Normally, I would try to teach my kids to be gentle with living things, starting with the idea that we don't step on...

Dear Miriam | Can You Opt Out of Virtual Worship?

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Dear Miriam, My synagogue is having only virtual High Holiday services this year. I absolutely support this from the public health perspective, but from a...

Dear Miriam | What Should You Wear to a Zoom Wedding?

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Dear Miriam, What do you think is the right protocol for what to wear to a Zoom wedding? Should guests dress up or not bother? Signed, 2020...

Dear Miriam | What’s in a Nickname?

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Dear Miriam, I am interviewing for a new job, and I've been in touch several times over email with a potential new colleague. The person...

Dear Miriam | Speaking Up About Face Shields

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Dear Miriam, Some of my young relatives are starting school in a couple weeks. While their teachers may be wearing masks, kids at the school...

Dear Miriam | Backtracking Nanny Leaves Family in Predicament

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Dear Miriam, Three weeks ago, we hired a nanny based on glowing reviews from her references. We drafted and all signed an agreement that suggested...

Dear Miriam | Blocking and Tackling (Problematic Speech)

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Dear Miriam, Is it better to ignore/block relatives on social media to avoid their offensive posts, or is it worth trying to engage with them?...

Dear Miriam | Family, Self Come First in Crisis

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Dear Miriam, My children have experienced a lot of mental health issues while in quarantine. I'm dreading the school year because I am struggling myself...

Dear Miriam | To Move or Not to Move

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Dear Miriam, Is a pandemic the absolute wrong time to make a decision to move to a completely different place, or is it the absolute...

Dear Miriam | Coworker Question Causes Confusion

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Dear Miriam, On a recent work Zoom call, a controversial topic came up, tangentially related to our work. A coworker asked me in the chat...