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Miriam's Advice Well

New Year Brings Look Back at Old Issues

Dear Readers, One of the things I find most striking about Rosh Hashanah, and, really, all of Jewish ritual life, is the emphasis on cycles,...

What to Do in the Face of Suffering

Dear Miriam, Our country is flooding and burning. Things seem pretty grim, not even mentioning the more directly human-caused fighting happening seemingly everywhere. What can...

Injured Nanny Leaves Parent in a Quandary

Dear Miriam, I recently hired a new nanny for my 2-year-old daughter. We were having some trouble conveying our expectations to her, but we wanted...

‘Mansplainers’ Make a Shabbat Meal Uncomfortable

Dear Miriam, This past Shabbat, I found myself at a Shabbat meal full of mansplainers. I stopped trying to be part of the conversation, and...

Does Leaving United States Amount to Running From Problems?

Dear Miriam, For the last two months, I've been on a short-term assignment for work on the other side of the world in a major...

Talking About the Events in Charlottesville

Dear Miriam, How do I talk to my children about what happened in Charlottesville this weekend? For that matter, how do I process it for...

Teach Kids About Money by Getting Them Involved With it

Dear Miriam, How do you help young kids, such as 4-year-olds, understand the value of money? It seems like my son is too young to...

Doing Disney: Miriam Offers Advice Following Recent Visit

Dear readers, A couple of years ago, I wrote a column about traveling to Disney World with kids. Since I had no firsthand experience, I crowd-sourced the...

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...