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Ask Miriam | Backpack Replacement Perplexes Parent

Dear Miriam, My 7-year-old daughter wants a new backpack. She got one last year, and it's still in good condition, but she doesn't like the...
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Ask Miriam | Babysitting Blues Beckon to Insularity Issue

Dear Miriam, While trying to find a babysitter for erev Tisha B'Av this past weekend for our two young children, my wife and I realized...
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Ask Miriam | Rule-Breaking Grandma Presents Parenting Problem

Dear Miriam, My husband and I are raising our two young boys to respect boundaries and to expect other people to respect their boundaries. We...
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Ask Miriam | What to Do About Distracting Davening

Dear Miriam, I belong to a shul that often has out-of-town guests. Maybe I am just used to quiet praying among our congregants, but among...
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Ask Miriam | Consistency Crucial Even in Summer

Dear Miriam, A few weeks ago, you wrote about loosening family dinner schedules and mealtime expectations during summer vacation. I'm having sort of the opposite...
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Ask Miriam | Who’s to Blame for Bad Food?

Dear Miriam, I've purchased a few food products recently that weren't good. For example, milk that was sour before its expiration date, frozen chicken nuggets...
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Ask Miriam | Was Roach Approach Overkill?

Dear Miriam: Was Roach Approach Overkill? Dear Miriam, I just moved into a new apartment building. One of my first nights there, an absolutely giant roach...
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Ask Miriam | Passing a Passed-Out Person Posed a Problem

Dear Miriam, Over the weekend, I saw a man passed out on someone's front steps. Or, rather, I don't know if he was passed out...
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Ask Miriam | Summer Dinners a Family Quandary

Dear Miriam, In the unstructured lawlessness of summer vacation, I can't figure out how to feed my family dinner. Everyone seems to snack all day...
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Ask Miriam | How Do You Rate a Uber Driver Who Plays Loud, Offensive...

Dear Miriam, How do you rate/tip your Uber driver when the music on his radio is loud and the lyrics are offensive, but the drive...