Daughter, 13, wants to be a Halloween hooker

Dear Twins,
I am a senior in high school, and we recently moved to a new state. I have an 11-year-old brother who wants to go “trick-or-treating” and he insists I go in costume since he knows no one. I don’t want to disappoint my little brother, but I’d feel stupid if any of the kids at school saw me “trick-or-treating”! How can I get out of this!
Signed, Worried

Jacqueline says: Dress in a costume that covers your face; this way, everyone wins.

Kerry says: I disagree with Jacqueline. It’s not enough that you’re taking your little brother trick-or-treating and now he’s making conditions? Tell him that if he bugs you again you’re not taking him at all.

Dear Twins,
Last night I walked into his room and caught my 12-year-old son masturbating. He saw me and I just shut the door quickly. Should I say something?
Signed, Mortified

Jacqueline says: I’d leave it alone. What can you say really? It teaches you to knock, doesn’t it?

Kerry says: I agree. I’d say nothing. What’s the big deal? It’s a part of life.

Dear Twins,

My husband and I am an older couple. At Halloween, we generously give anyone who comes to our door plenty of homemade fudge and homemade cookies. But every year, the next morning we find smashed eggs on our car and some of our windows soaped up, and it’s so difficult for my husband to have to clean up the mess. What can we do to prevent this from happening again this year?
Signed, Tired

Jacqueline says: I suggest parking the car in your garage or way down the street. Unfortunately, a few bad eggs can ruin a nice holiday.

Kerry says: Or better yet, I’d set my alarm and take pictures of those morons in the middle of the night. Simultaneously have your husband call the cops.

Dear Twins,
My son’s second-grade classmate is having a big Halloween party and has invited practically the entire class — except my son and a few others. My son is devastated. Should I call his mother? Should my son say something to his friend? Or should we just leave it alone? I feel so badly for him.
Signed, Hurt

Jaqueline says: Perhaps this is an oversight. Give his mother a call. Your sons feelings are more important then what she thinks of your asking.

Kerry says: I disagree with Jacqueline. If you call his mom, the kids may find out and pick on him. Plus he needs to learn how to handle disappointments with grace. Instead, invite a few of his friends over for pizza and ice cream and watch a scary Halloween movie. He’ll have a blast.

Dear Twins,
I am a 13-year-old girl and I think I like girls. I have a big crush on a girl, who also happens to be my best friend. All she wants to do is talk about boys and all I want to do is kiss her. Should I tell her?
Signed, Kiss the girls

Jaqueline says: No, don’t tell her. Your best friend likes boys and you are not going to change that. At age 13, telling her your feelings will freak her out and most likely she will want to end the friendship.

Kerry says: I fear your friend may not be accepting. I’d suggest you embrace your sexuality and be proud of it, but I agree with Jackie; keep it to yourself for now until kids mature a bit more and are more accepting of it.

Dear Twins,
Recently my husband and I invited three other couples over for a sit-down dinner on a Saturday night. To my astonishment, the third couple brought their two boys, ages 7 and 9! I didn’t know what to say, and I wasn’t prepared for children! My OWN children were in bed, and these two go rushing into their bedrooms trying to awaken them. It became a madhouse, and the dinner was a fiasco. What should I have done?
Signed, Angry

Jacqueline says: The polite thing to do would be to allow the boys to join you. Let the parents know you weren’t expecting kids.?And hopefully what you are serving, the kids will enjoy. To make a scene at this point and ask them to leave would be far worse.

Kerry says: I agree with Jacqueline. Couldn’t you just go with the flow and order a pizza and let the kids play upstairs? Next time, let them know it’s a dinner for adults only.

Dear Twins
I was recently invited to a lovely wedding shower . It was quite elegant, but one lady brought her 2 young children ( ages 4 and 6) who managed to scream and fight and knock things over, and tear into the gifts while their mother basically looked the other way. What is your policy on young children coming to such events?
Signed, Annoyed in Annapolis

Kerry says: Dear Annoyed, MYOB. While I don’t think the mother handled her children appropriately it isn’t your wedding shower and thus isn’t your place to say anything. However, if it was, you’d have every right to take the mother aside and ask that her children behave or they need to leave.

Jacqueline says: I disagree. I think the appropriate thing to do in that circumstance would be to speak to whoever organized the function, and ask that person to speak to the mother about disciplining her rambunctious children.

Dear Twins,
We finally got our kids a puppy. One day I noticed our 12 year old “accidentally” kick her. Then he threw the puppy down a flight of steps and denied it. Finally, I SAW him attempt to take a long pin to the pup and push it in! But I caught him in time. I am shocked and concerned? Should I return the puppy?
Signed, Horrified

Kerry says: Dear Horrifies Me Too!
Your child shows signs of Sadistic Personality Disorder (taking pleasure in the psychological or physical suffering of others). Return the puppy immediately, or give it to an owner who’ll care for it PROPERLY.

Jacqueline says: Did it occur to you that perhaps the child has hurt the puppy one too many times when you didn’t notice? Furthermore, your child enjoys hurting animals get your child into therapy immediately. And yes, find the puppy a new home.

Dear Twins,
I just sent my only son off to college. I’m nervous and sad. The house is quiet with just my husband and me. And I just can’t stop crying!
Signed, Want my Son Home


Jacqueline says:
Dear Want It’s time you accept your child is becoming a man. Some of our best relationships are with our adult children. Spend quality time getting to know him. And embrace your new freedom!

Kerry says: You should feel excited. His whole world awaits him. Besides you’ll get used to it soon enough. I agree with Jackie. Go out and embrace your newfound freedom.

Dear Twins,
My husband and I two children in daycare and we both work. By the time we pick them up after work, feed and bathe and cook dinner, it’s time for our bedtime. There aren’t enough hours in the day! How do other parents manage?
Signed, Exhausted

Kerry says: Dear Exhausted, Organize your weekly and break it down so that you both share the work load. Do the things you have to do and leave the rest pile at bay.

Jacqueline says: You must pen in on your calendar 2-3 times a week and call it “My time”. You will find you actually do get all your chores done, just faster and more efficiently. The unimportant chores will fall by the way side.


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