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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...

How Long Should You Keep Unwanted Gifts?

Dear Miriam, What's the statute of limitations on gifts I'll never use? How long do I have to wait to give it away? And, while...

Charity and a 6-Year-Old: What’s Age-Appropriate?

Dear Miriam, Lately, we've been seeing a lot of homeless people out panhandling for money. My daughter (almost 6) is empathetic and wants to help...

Differing Parenting Styles May Cause Friction

Dear Miriam, What do you do when a friend parents very differently than you do? It feels like every time we see each other, there...

Dentist’s Religious Preferences Cause Discomfort

Dear Miriam, I moved a couple of years ago and am still in the process of finding new doctors in the area. I recently started...

How Do You Balance Celebrating Shavuot, Caring for Kids?

Dear Miriam, I am wondering how I can celebrate Shavuot when all the events in my area are late-night celebrations that don't really accommodate parents...

What Gift Should I Get a New Philadelphian?

Dear Miriam, I live across the country in California, but a good friend from high school is moving to Philly to work in academia. Do...