Dear Savvy Sister: My son hates homework. Is his life over?

Dear Savvy Sister, Homework. My son is five and in preschool. He has homework Mondays through Thursdays. Not sure I agree with that at this age, but I suppose if he is going to go to public school it is good to get him ready. Question: when is the best time to do homework for retention? Everyone tells me just after he gets home – which is about 4:30. It is always a fight. But when I let him chooseRead more

Dear Savvy Sister: I talked to a pastor, and he didn’t talk back. Bastard.

Dear Savvy Sister, I’m going thru a life changing, emotional, difficult change in my life and I have asked for guidance. I went to a local pastor, known for tolerance and acceptance, although I am not a member of his congregation. He met with me for about 2 hours and I felt he understood my issues and could help. Actually, he assured me he would help – and said he needed two or three days to process this. I sentRead more

Dear Savvy Sister: Let’s not play (board) games

Dear Savvy Sister, I adore my kids and would readily step in front of a speeding train or a government bureaucrat to save their lives. I do everything I can to enrich their brains and broaden their smiles. Except for my one terrible, horrible, no good, very bad secret – I hate playing kids’ games. All of them, including make-believe with toys. Is it ok to leave most of that to the nanny except for oh, maybe one hand ofRead more

Dear Savvy Sister: Is it possible I’m not as good as I think I am?

Reminder: The questions asked in this occasional column are posed by actual people. Dear Savvy Sister, I thought I was supposed to get more mellow as I grew older. That was my plan. To become more Buddha-like. But my hormones flew the coop a couple of years ago and now I bite everybody’s head off, like, all the time. So there’s that. And now, I feel like my ego is getting too big and fragile. Next week, my big conferenceRead more

Dear Savvy Sister: I’m a lesbian, but I want this guy to like me.

REMINDER: The questions posed in this occasional column are written by actual people.  Dear Savvy Sister, I finished my novel last year and a junior agent read it. She said it was “pretty” and suggested that I rewrite the whole thing and add a plot. Sigh. So I spent the last year studying the elements of storytelling with a brilliant guy in my community. We worked out a plot line and I’m rewriting. Here’s my question. This new teacher ofRead more

Dear Savvy Sister: Is there a Facebook Etiquette for Dummies book?

Reminder: the questions asked in this occasional column are posed by actual people.  Dear Savvy Sister, Since I joined Facebook a few years ago, my life hasn’t been the same. In one place I can: envy other people’s vacations; be glad other people’s children aren’t mine; spy; and feel pretty darn good about myself after reading some status updates. Sometimes I just want to say “Get a freakin life!” Those people – the ones who make me say that –Read more

Dear Savvy Sister: How do I let go of a snake in the grass?

Reminder: the questions posed in this occasional column are written by actual people.  Dear Savvy Sister, I dated a guy I loved for quite a while. Recently he told me that he cheated on me while we were “on a break,” revealed that he loves me, but said we have to cut ties completely. He is now in a relationship with a girl he met in Atlanta three weeks ago. He will only say that he’s sorry and that nothingRead more

Dear Savvy Sister: But what will people say about me?

Reminder: The questions posed here have been asked by actual people.  Dear Savvy Sister, We live in a small town and because of that I don’t feel I can always be truly honest with my feelings. Take, for instance, the idea of car pooling. I am often asked by other moms if I want to car pool the kids to school. And the truth is, “No, I don’t.” However, because everyone knows everyone where we live, I feel I can’tRead more

Dear Savvy Sister: I have a green streak.

Reminder: The questions posed in this occasional column are written by actual people. Dear Savvy Sister, I have huge insecurities, normal ones, you know, about my body, looks….blah…blah…blah. Anyways, I have a wonderful boyfriend. Our relationship didn’t start off on the best of circumstances but we are going on being together for 3 years. I love him, I know he loves me. But my insecurities have made this jealousy fester in me and I can’t let it go. I knowRead more

Dear Savvy Sister: Yea vs. Yeah. GRAMMAR TALK!!

Reminder: the questions posed in this occasional column are written by actual people.  Dear Savy English Teacher Sister, Concerning the usage of Yea! and Yeah…Am I correct to write “Yea!!! It’s a GNO!!!” and “Yeah, I’ll meet you at 6 a.m. for a long run.” (The first as an expression of excitment, and the other as the the slang of yes.) I see various forms on FB and want to be sure I am expressing myself correctly. Your expertise isRead more