DFW Moms

It's the kind of news that makes you whisper sotto voce to no one in particular, "Say it ain't so. Please say it ain't so."

Dear Mr. Dad: I've been divorced for almost a year and I'm just getting to the point where I'm thinking about dating again. My kids (8 and 10) and I have a very close relationship, and we talk about everything. But when I mentioned dating to them, instead of being happy for me, they were angry. Is there anything I can do to get them to be a little more supportive?

With the family gathering for the holidays, I thought it only polite to alert them that they could be doing jail time. OK, so maybe the family won't be doing jail time, but their cell phones might.

Courtesy of my friend and parent coach Janet Carter ( ), comes an interesting story: The parents of a 4-year-old girl went to a preschool parent conference to learn from her teacher that she is having difficulty with scissors and somewhat behind the other kids in letter and number recognition. The parents apparently blew the teacher's mind when they replied that they were more concerned with their daughter's heart and character than her academic achievement. Was she compassionate? Was she respectful of her teachers and peers?

Not a bad age, 58. I've had worse. On the way to school the other day, the little guy asked me who I'd like to be "if you could be anyone in the world?"

Somewhere on the road between our home in Las Vegas, and the coast of California, where we planned to spend Thanksgiving week with our family, we stopped to eat.

Q: I am 22 years old, and I have a daughter 3 years old. Her father died. Now I have met a guy with two sons, one year and 7 years old. The 7-year-old son can't stand that his father and me are together. When we visit each other, the boy cries and he just wants to sit with his daddy. We have no time alone. I just can't handle it anymore!!! I have started to hate that boy. I love his father so much, but his father is falling for all his son's nonsense. What's good ex-etiquette?

Make the "kids' table" extra fun this year with these Thanksgiving-themed treats. The healthy Veggie Turkeys also make a great snack to share.

For the third time in my career in corporate Financial Services, I was called for an interview in Executive Management. Unlike the previous times, when I had doubted myself and my abilities, I was completely confident that I had what it took to get the job done. I had successfully overcome my impostor syndrome and knew I was every bit as good as the best out there.

I could hear people screaming and the sound of shots. I ran like never before and took cover behind a tree. A bullet whizzed by so close to my ear that I could feel the wind whistling.

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