:Responsible Dad In Georgia
:Dear Dad: I don’t think you should lie. Instead, talk calmly with your wife and tell her that it’s clear to you that she isn’t satisfied in the marriage or she wouldn’t be doing what she has been doing. You might be able to accomplish what you want with your son through a joint custody arrangement — or full custody, if your wife wishes. That way, she could live her life as she apparently wants to, and so can you.
Dear Abby: My next-door neighbor lets her two children, a 6-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl, run around naked all the time. This includes playing in her front yard and in the street.
I don’t want to seem like a prude or cause problems in the neighborhood, but let’s face it — there are perverts everywhere. At what age is it no longer acceptable for children to be nude in public?
:Taken Aback In Montana
Dear Taken Aback: Children over the age of 3 should not be out in public with no clothes — and no child should be playing outside that way without supervision. For that matter, clothed or not, for their own safety children should not play in the street.
Your neighbor’s lack of attention is irresponsible and inappropriate. If you can’t make her see the light, then child protective services should be consulted.
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