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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Emily Fox had her moment of inspiration for Forget the Frock while shopping for Easter outfits.

Q: My boyfriend of two years and I broke up for a short while, but we have reconciled and I moved back in about two months ago. His ex-wife, who is constantly causing trouble with the kids, continues to ask him out for coffee, for dinner, to join her skiing. It's really maddening and she won't stop! What's good ex-etiquette?

A family meeting is called to rein in expenses using a family budget while also trying to keep the 23-year-old and 28-year-old financially afloat.

Dear Mr. Dad: I'm not a whiz in the kitchen but I learned enough as a kid to make it through college without having to subsist solely on peanut butter sandwiches and Ramen noodles. My wife and I both cook meals but we can't seem to get our son (age 11) remotely interested in cooking. How do we get him interested in learning how to cook for himself?

We have a near obsession with clean, myself included.

The message was brief. I read it twice: "Hey, Mom, can I come see you guys this weekend?"

Q: Your son says your no-Snapchat rule makes him an outcast. Should you cave?

Q: My 18-year-old son and a slightly younger friend recently found some mice and decided to dispose of them. They drowned one and set the other one on fire. When I confronted my son for torturing animals, his response was "They're just mice." Is this typical boy behavior or should I be concerned?

When the children start school. When they get older. When they go off to college. When they leave the house to settle on their own.

CHICAGO - I'm still baffled by the Dow Jones industrial average and I'm not yet confident I could cook a turkey. But I take comfort in the many instructive notes I received upon admitting how little I know after four decades on Earth. ("Celebrating 40th birthday with a 10-year to-do list," March 23. Find it at chicagotribune.com/turning40.)

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