Ask Mr. Dad: Babies can sometimes bring out the worst in us

Dear Mr. Dad: I'm a new dad, and I sometimes get incredibly angry when my son cries. Of course, I haven't acted on my anger, but I'm feeling really guilty that I get so mad in the first place. I've always been a pretty patient guy, but I don't think I've ever had such intense feelings before. Am I a bad parent?


Chris Erskine: Passing of a generation leaves a beacon for us all

Light a candle or glisten a glass for Dick Spicuzza. Dick died the other day. He was our neighbor growing up, the busybody banker next door who found no greater glee than in puttering around the yard all weekend. Unclear exactly all that Dick accomplished in the yard, except that he did it with alacrity and a sort of French joy.


Ex-etiquette: Plan child exchanges so ex can avoid new boyfriend

Q. My ex and I live an hour away from each other. We've been broken-up for two months, and we are attempting to share our three-year-old daughter. My ex doesn't want my new boyfriend at the exchanges - we actually started seeing each other before I moved out - but my boyfriend is the only one with a driver's license. I don't know how to pick up our daughter without my boyfriend's help. What's good ex-etiquette?

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