Dear Housewife: What are the main ingredients for a lasting marriage and a strong family? The Main Ingredient Dear Main Ingredient:  I have good news and bad news for you.  Let’s get the bad news out of the way first.  About ten years ago an Italian woman who had been married for over twenty years told…

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Dear Housewife: Should teens have to report in when they are out late or should they be given more freedom? – Pulling an all nighter Dear All Nighter:  I have a confession to make. I’m well over 21 and I still check in with my mother!  Yes, it’s true.  To this day, whenever I leave my…

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Dear Housewife:  How do you handle the sweets battle? In essence, one parent is ready to introduce the child to sweets and the other believes in a more holistic lifestyle and feels sweets should be rationed. – Taking candy from a baby Dear Taking Candy: I would probably be labeled as a bad parent after…

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Dear Housewife: My sister HATES for me to become friends with her friends. She wants separation between family/friends. I feel like friendships between adults don’t have to involve each other. I don’t care if she speaks with or hangs out with folks I whom I knew first. It makes her very angry. What is the…

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Dear Housewife: Should the step-parent and biological parent have a relationship with one another? – Having Blended Family Issues Dear Issues: This question has been plaguing mankind since biblical times!!!!!  Hagar (Abraham’s baby mama) and Sarah (his wife) could not work this type of thing out.  Sarah’s solution was to send the baby and the baby mama…

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Dear Housewife: Do you have suggestions for promoting the respectful exchange of ideas with 11 and 12 year olds when there are differences of opinion? – Dealing with Disrespectful Tweens Dear Dealing: Your child should be happy this isn’t my dad’s time. My dad is 82, and in his day, children had NO OPINIONS and NO…

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Dear Housewife:  How do you continue to love when you have been betrayed by family members, in many ways, and very often? I am a Christian and now I am finding myself numb toward my sisters. How could a Christian get beyond that numbness? Prayer, fasting and meditating on God’s Word is my answer, but…

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Dear Housewife: Is it wrong to charge your teen for having their boyfriend or girlfriend over 3-4 times a week for dinner? – My House is Not a Restaurant Dear My House Is Not a Restaurant: Wow! I’m glad that my mother-in-law did not share your philosophy when Solomon and I were dating! We would…

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Dear Housewife: Why is Philadelphia so dirty? – Disgusted in Philly Dear Disgusted:  You ask a very good question.  You may not be aware of this, but filth is in the very DNA of Philadelphia. Russell F. Weigly, author of Philadelphia:  A 300 Year History, describes our beloved city as being dirty with garbage and animals littering…

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Dear Housewife: Does forgiving mean forgetting? Some people say in order to truly forgive a person you must forget what they did. What do you think? – Hurt in Philly Dear Hurt in Philly:  If I had a dollar for every time I had to forgive, I would be a millionaire! Half of that would be…

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