Dear Crabby, Why do men hold doors open but then cut us off in the parking lot?

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Dear Crabby, Why is it that men will hold a door open for a woman, but will then cut them off in the parking lot to get the better parking spot? Doesn't this seem hypocritical? I mean are these men for real or what? Sincerely, Sick and Tired Dear Sick and Tired, Well, I have been on both sides of this coin. I was always raised to open doors for ladies and to be a gentleman. However, I was also raised to be competitive and to seek to get the best parking spot. I cannot always tell if … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Can mommy get quiet time?

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Dear Crabby, I'm the parent of four very small children. I love to read. However, every time I try to sit down with a good book, I am bombarded with various interruptions. I end up reading and rereading the same two sentences over and over. I have become so frustrated that I have stopped trying to read. Is it worth trying to pursue my passion again? Sincerely, Frazzled Frannie Dear Frazzled Frannie, It seems like I have been where you are myself. I know that at times we can get so … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do you like tent camping?

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Dear Crabby, My son wants me to stay overnight in a tent with him, but I just do not want to. Have you ever had this dilemma? If so what did you do to get out of it? Sincerely, Bad Dad Dear Bad Dad, Oh the joys of sleeping out in nature under the stars and being one with nature! Ya, it’s not my thing either. I have spent a few nights out there in my life, but none of my experiences made me want to do it again. The first time I stayed out was during summer camp when I was in the … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How do you like your eggs?

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Dear Crabby, My husband and I recently got married and I want to try to make his eggs the way he likes them. But the problem is that I can't stand the way he likes them, so I find myself making them my way and hoping he will change. Do you think it is possible for people to change, or should I just figure out how to make his eggs his way? Sincerely, New Wife Dear New Wife, I think your new hubby has as good a chance at changing his likes as you do changing yours! I mean why make the … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Are toilets clean?

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Dear Crabby, A family member of mine does not feel like any toilet is clean. They will not use public restrooms and they do not even like to use other people's bathrooms when visiting. Do you think toilets are really that dirty or can I convince my relative that they are safe? Sincerely, Clean Slate Dear Clean Slate, I know that your relative is not alone in this feeling. I have encountered many people who feel the same way about toilets in general. It is a place that deals with a … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Front seat or back?

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Dear Crabby, My kids are always fighting over who gets the front seat and who gets the back seat. How can I solve this issue for them? Sincerely, Polly Perfect Dear Polly Perfect, Ah yes, the old fighting to get away from mom routine. I have seen this and played into that trap many times. It seems like they want to be away from the parents at some ages and close to them at others. I simply told them that if they could not figure it out on their own that I would solve the problem my … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Who came up with graduation open houses?

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Dear Crabby, Who in the world came up with graduation open houses? I mean there are so many every year and these kids just end up partying all summer long. Why isn't it customary for the kids to throw the parents a party? Sincerely, Iwanna Mydues Dear Iwanna Mydues, I can appreciate that sentiment - wanting the kids to throw us a party! It is strange; you pay for these kids from the moment of birth until they graduate high school, and the cost increases each year the whole way … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, I can row a boat, Canoe???

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Dear Crabby, My wife and I are thinking of taking up a hobby together and we are considering canoeing. Have you ever tried this sport? I hear it can be very relaxing. Please tell me your experience with it. Sincerely, Man Overboard Dear Man Overboard, I think canoeing with your wife would be about as relaxing as sunbathing in the middle of the expressway during rush hour! I am not sure which buddy is setting you up for failure, but this could end up in divorce court! I went canoeing … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How did it all begin?

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Dear Crabby, I stumbled onto your column recently and then went back to read some of your writings over the last four years and was very impressed. How did you get started with the advice column and how do you get all this wisdom you impart on others? Sincerely, Kris Kiss Up Dear Kris Kiss Up, I'm not sure why, but for some reason I seem to like you better than all the other people who have written to me so far! To answer your last question first, I have so many answers because I am … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why is preschool so hard?

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Dear Crabby, I took my four-year-old son to preview a preschool today. I should have known better - he instantly regressed to constant interruptions, requests for toys, and a seeming inability to verbally answer the teacher showing us around. How can I teach my son proper social etiquette? Sincerely, Red-faced Rhonda Dear Red-faced Rhonda, Yes, I know that routine better than I wished I did. I can remember when our little angel was ready for preschool and we took him in to interview … [Read more...]