Miriam's Advice Well

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

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Ask Miriam | Late-Night Activities Present a Family Quandary

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Dear Miriam, There are so many fun summer activities that happen after my kids are asleep. I feel like I'm depriving them of some formative...
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Ask Miriam | Sock it to Me

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Dear Miriam, My husband routinely comes home from work and takes off one of his socks, a practice I find startlingly odd. He will spend...
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Ask Miriam | Unexpected Art Raises Parenting Question

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Dear Miriam, I recently found pencil drawings all over my 10-year-old's bathroom walls. I was surprised but not angry, and actually impressed with her artwork....
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Ask Miriam | Grumpy Spouse Makes Socializing with Friend Difficult

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Dear Miriam, My partner and I have a friend-couple where we really like one spouse and the other one, not so much. It’s actually kind...
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Ask Miriam | Who’s the Boss?

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Dear Miriam, I work in an office without a clear hierarchy. A number of my co-workers call me their boss. This makes me uncomfortable, as...
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Ask Miriam | Egg-Hatching Project Delivers Unexpected Consequences

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Dear Miriam, I am a first-grade teacher, and we've been doing a project hatching eggs into chicks. While the eggs in my classroom have all...
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Ask Miriam | Toddler Using ‘Yous’ Perplexes Parents

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Dear Miriam, My spouse and I are not from Philadelphia, but our toddler has picked up the local "yous," as the pronoun for the second...
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Ask Miriam | Co-worker’s Bad Writing Irks Reader

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Dear Miriam, Whenever my co-worker emails me, her messages contain egregious grammar and usage mistakes (typos are the least of her problems). I find this...
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Ask Miriam | Potluck Paucity Poses Problems

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Dear Miriam, I recently hosted a Shabbat potluck dinner, and if it wasn't for me making a number of extra dishes, we clearly would have...
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Ask Miriam | Upcoming Visit Itinerary Creates Concerns

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Dear Miriam, A couple I know from college let me know a few months ago that they were planning a trip to Philly. I knew...