Dear Auntie Linda, I have two children thirteen and eleven. My ex and I have been divorced four years and have shared custody of the children with no problems ever since. I recently remarried and am pregnant. My new husband Ron was just offered a great job and wants to move across the country, meaning I would only be able to see my children summers, holidays and an occasional long weekend. I don’t want to leave the older children, but this is an opportunity of a lifetime for Ron. I worry Ron will blame me if he misses out on this opportunity. Would it be wrong to ask Ron to pass up this chance? Torn Mama
Dear Mama, There is no one and only opportunity for anyone. It won’t ruin a person’s life to pass up an opportunity since they are most often made, not found. You and Ron can make choices. The children can’t. I would never encourage a parent to choose to accept a lesser role in their children’s lives to advance a career. Yours and Ron’s first responsibility is to the children, all of them. Ron knew you had children when you married. You have the rest of your lives to focus on other things. Auntie Linda
Dear Auntie Linda, I am fifty-two, divorced, and have a good job, but my kids are ruining my life. My thirty-year-old son works, but won’t move out of the house, though I have repeatedly told him he and the three big dogs who have ruined my furniture have to go. My younger son is twenty-four and has moved his girlfriend and their two children in. He works, but doesn’t help with the bills, since they need the money for pot. His girlfriend doesn’t take care of the kids are clean up behind them. My daughter moved away with her boyfriend and left her nine-year-old daughter, Vessie with me. I don’t want to throw Vessie out, but the rest need to go. How can I get grown kids out of the house when they just refuse to go? Flop House Mama
Dear Floppie Mama, It’s good those kids aren’t paying rent. Since they aren’t tenants, they have no legal status. If you are serious about wanting them out, give them a date and tell them you will call the police if they don’t move.