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Denene Millner

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Q. Everyone coos over my newborn but ignores my 2-year-old. How do I get them to notice my older child?A. This used to happen to my Mari whenever I took her and her baby sister out. She could have... more
Q. Our backyard is the neighborhood kid magnet  -- sometimes even when ours aren't there! Are we mean to discourage drop-in visitors?A. Nope. Of course, plenty of moms aspire to live in a... more
Q. My sister-in-law gives her 10-month-old time-outs in his crib. How do I tell her he's too young for that kind of discipline?A. Very carefully, if at all  -- even if you do know what you're... more
Q. Some girls are bullying my preschooler. My husband thinks it's no big deal because she's not getting physically hurt. Should we step in?A. These kids may not be throwing punches, but words can... more
Q. I'm a single mom, and I'm nervous that my 2-year-old is going to start asking about her dad, who's out of the picture. What should I say?A. Your daughter has no doubt already noticed that there's... more
Q  My baby has a birthmark on her face that people notice and even ask about. How should I answer? A For sure, when you see someone ogling your baby, your instinct is to do whatever it... more
Q: I warned my friend to babyproof before our visit, but she didn't  -- and my 13-month-old cracked a vase. Do I have to pay for it?
Q. I don't want to spend money on presents for my 4-month-old because he's too young to understand. My sister says I'm being cold. Am I? A. No—you're being practical. It... more
Q. For some reason, my 3-year-old says she's fat. How do I get her to stop obsessing over her size?A. Don't fret just yet -- your daughter may not even know what the word "fat" means, so she may be... more
Q. My friend thinks I'm old-fashioned for quitting work to be a stay-at-home mom. How do I get her to understand?A. The truth of the matter is that she doesn't need to understand. Every mom has to... more