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I’ll try. Many women in their late 30s find that conceiving a child is complicated, and it can also take longer than they thought. It has taken you 38 years to find this exceptional man, and it could take quite a bit of time to find another one who is so compatible.
If you married “Mr. Wonderful” and learned afterward that he couldn’t father a child, would you leave him? Insist on adopting? Or would you count the many blessings you do have with him and stay?
Many women are happily childless. However, if you’re not one of them, you should take your chances and move on, remembering that there are no guarantees.Smoke-free streets? DEAR ABBY:
I hate it, too, but unless there is an ordinance in your city that prohibits smoking on certain sidewalks, I think it’s unrealistic to expect smokers who inhale not to exhale.Read-aloud reminder
Years ago, a young mother in Arlington, Va., wrote my mother about a book she had received that promised to help parents prepare their children for school by expanding their vocabulary. The “secret”? Reading to them while they are small. Children learn words by hearing them spoken in context — the more they hear, the more they absorb. Like everything else, reading is something people will do more of if they enjoy it. When a parent reads to a child, the child associates reading with pleasure.
“The Read-Aloud Handbook” by Jim Trelease became a huge best-seller when it was published. The book is now in its seventh and last edition. If you’re a parent who wants your child to succeed, a grandparent, or someone contemplating becoming a parent in the future, pick up a copy.
The first half is filled with the latest research on the importance of literacy for children’s success; the rest lists updated book titles and ages of the youngsters for which they’re intended. To order the book, go topenguin.com
. – Love, Abby© Universal Uclick 12/3