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Injured Nanny Leaves Parent in a Quandary

Dear Miriam, I recently hired a new nanny for my 2-year-old daughter. We were having some trouble conveying our expectations to her, but we wanted...

‘Mansplainers’ Make a Shabbat Meal Uncomfortable

Dear Miriam, This past Shabbat, I found myself at a Shabbat meal full of mansplainers. I stopped trying to be part of the conversation, and...

Does Leaving United States Amount to Running From Problems?

Dear Miriam, For the last two months, I've been on a short-term assignment for work on the other side of the world in a major...

Talking About the Events in Charlottesville

Dear Miriam, How do I talk to my children about what happened in Charlottesville this weekend? For that matter, how do I process it for...

Teach Kids About Money by Getting Them Involved With it

Dear Miriam, How do you help young kids, such as 4-year-olds, understand the value of money? It seems like my son is too young to...

Doing Disney: Miriam Offers Advice Following Recent Visit

Dear readers, A couple of years ago, I wrote a column about traveling to Disney World with kids. Since I had no firsthand experience, I crowd-sourced the...

How Do You Delicately Bring Up the Past?

Dear Miriam, I recently moved my mother into a nursing home, and I've gradually been meeting all the staff. Last week, my mother was being...

Inconsiderate Neighbors Create Quandary for Homeowners

Dear Miriam, I live in a Philadelphia twin house and have terrible neighbors. I'm an owner, but they rent, and they seem to have no...

Spilled Drink Leads to Debate About Rules

Dear Miriam, I recently bought my daughter a lemonade at a place with a self-serve soda fountain. Halfway through drinking it, she decided she'd rather...

Food Expectations Cause Potentially Vexing Play Date Issue

Dear Miriam, We have some family friends who are a fair bit more Jewishly observant than we are. Our kids are similar ages and play...