Dear Crabby, How Do You Decide Whether to Help Others?

Dear Crabby, I always want to jump in and help others, but it doesn't always seem to work out. How do you decide whether or not it is worth helping others out? Sincerely, Sally Samaritan Dear Mrs. Samaritan, I learned a long time ago that you should really qualify the situation before you get involved. My father taught me when I was very young to make sure someone is asking for your help before you try to help them out. There is no better example of this then when I tried to help a local … [Read more...]

Oakland Judge and Daughter Testify About Patriot Week

Oakland County, Michigan (May 4, 2011) – On Wednesday, May 4, 2011, co-creators of Patriot Week, Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Michael Warren, and his 12 year old daughter, Leah, will be testifying before Michigan State Senate and House committees regarding bills to permanently recognize Patriot Week.  Patriot Week, beginning on September 11 (the anniversary of the terrorist attacks) and ending on September 17 (the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution – “Constitution Day”), … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Daughter Wants To Get Married, Should I Meddle?

Dear Crabby, My daughter just told me that she wants to marry her boyfriend now instead of finishing college.  Should I meddle or let her live her own life? Sincerely Sally Sayno Dear Mrs. Sayno, When I think back to all the parents who wanted to stop a marriage from happening, I realize that if the parent had succeeded I would not have any grandchildren nor would I have any children. That's right, my in-laws were not exactly doing back flips when I proposed to the missus. I didn't … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, My Daughter Constantly Wants New Clothes

Dear Crabby, My daughter is always trying to keep up with the latest trends and constantly wants new clothes!  This is very costly.  What do you suggest we do to change her habits? Sincerely, Fashion Diva's Mom Dear Diva's Mom, I remember the battles of peer pressure and how a young person can be influenced this way and that. Personally, it was not an issue for me, but it was for some of my friends and for my own daughter.  I remember my friend - we will call him Shuman to protect … [Read more...]

Exploring Downtown Rochester

Deep, dark caves. Hot, sweltering deserts. All of these locations have been explored by Indiana Jones in pursuit of finding fine jewels and treasures. Being a parent can often feel like you have to be Indiana Jones in order to have a great and entertaining day for your kids. There are only so many times that you can continue to do the same thing over and over again before the originality wears off. Last weekend, our family headed into Downtown Rochester to walk around and explore. My wife and I … [Read more...]