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Category Archives: Children

SWEET, SUGAR, CANDYMAN

A health conscious concern: I have several friends with children who just feed them junk food.  These are people that eat good food themselves, but they give their kids processed junk that is loaded with high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils.  Can I say something to them?? LISTEN: No. That was easy, wasn’t it?

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UNPLEASANT DREAMS

A ticked-off parent hovers nearby, screeching: One of my neighbors has put up Halloween decorations that I think are just completely inappropriate.  Can I tell him to “tone it down” or “take them down?”  I don’t want to have to explain to my children why there is so much disgusting stuff hanging off his house. […]

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FIN, POUR MAINTENANT

A final wedding etiquette question before we move on to something truly appalling: I am getting married in 4 months.  The R.s.v.p.s for the reception are coming in, and I have not one, not two – but three different people who are responding for more people than were invited.  One of them, a couple I […]

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ANATHEMA 1

One of the absolute worst things you can do is correct, in public, the behavior, actions or speech of another adult without their having asked your opinion.  Your opinion doesn’t really matter anyway, mine does, but that’s neither here nor there.  The moment you say to someone “That’s rude!” you have officially committed the more […]

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BARUCH DAYAN HA’EMET

An old-age question: What is the proper etiquette surrounding pet funerals?  Do we bring cakes and pies?  Do we sit Shiva?  Do different kinds of pets require greater reverence – Dog vs. Guinea Pig?  Is it ok to say that you think that they do? LISTEN: Do you generally bring a cake to a funeral? The proper etiquette at […]

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