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October 16, 2013

Dear Abby: Sexually active teens must be responsible for birth control

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Then he complains that the girls won’t listen to him, so I must be in charge of the discipline. While this makes him Fun Daddy in our house, it makes me ...

Mean Mommy In Ohio

Dear Mommy: It appears you’re not just raising three wonderful girls, but also coping with an immature, overgrown boy. Parenthood is supposed to be a united, consistent partnership, a team effort. Your husband is sabotaging you and ignoring that one of the responsibilities of parenthood is establishing rules and limits that children should live with.

Your husband needs parenting classes, and if that’s not possible, some sessions with a child behavior expert who can explain the consequences of what he’s doing to his daughters in the name of being “Fun Daddy.” From my perspective, there isn’t anything funny about it. You have my sympathy.

Dear Abby: I work at a senior retirement community, and the residents have a Halloween party each year. In the past, there were prizes for the three best costumes. However, last year they stopped giving prizes because one of the residents is a professional artist and costume maker, and the association felt it would be unfair to the others to have him compete.

This year it was decided not to hold the contest at all. The residents are disappointed. How can they continue to have the costume contest and include the professional?

Dressed Up In Louisiana

Dear Dressed Up: Ask the artist/costume designer to be the judge.

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Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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