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Dear Annie: This is for my students to learn.

I even Hurting for My Daughter, use my weakness to my benwho was being verbally bul- efit. I announce at the beginlied at school. ning of the school year that I, too, am a rural town I am dyslexic. I explain that mom. I have watched both of if I misspell something, they my daughters endure the ha- may politely raise their hand rassing phone calls, text mes- and correct me and receive an sages and snide remarks, sim- extra-credit point toward their ply because they didnt fit into next quiz. You should see the the in crowd. I spent many additional participation and late nights wiping tears, some improved grades! of them my own. Being a bad spellI always told er does not mean my daughters that Im unintelligent, someday these nor does it mean I Barbie dolls would cannot teach. I have no longer be the earned my degree top dogs. I also and my job. -- Dystold them that lexic and Proud in high school is only Utah a small passage Dear Annie: I am through the jour15 years old and have ney of life, and that been dating a girl for after they gradu- Annies Mailbox the past three weeks. ated, they would Its the first time I look back in amazement at have ever dated anyone. the drama that encompassed How do I tell my mom? them. I am afraid she will ask me I am happy to say that high to break up with her. I dont school is behind us now, and have a close relationship with my girls are well-adjusted, my mother, so that makes it respectful adults who would more challenging and scary. never treat anyone this way. Any tips? -- Teenager Tell Hurting to give her Dear Teenager: Most pardaughter love, encourage- ents set rules about dating, ment, the belief that this is just including how old you should a bump in the long journey of be to start. If you are underlife and the wisdom to take age for dating, you need to the high road. -- A Former see this girl in the company Hurting Small-Town Mom of others and plan only group Dear Former: When youre activities. It is important that living it, high school torments you respect your parents seem as if they will last for- rules so they can trust you. ever. But those who can get The best way to talk to your through the experience will mother is to tell her you are be stronger for it. interested in a certain girl and Dear Annie: I am horrified ask whether it would be OK if watching young parents today you brought her to the house raise their kids. When I raised so Mom could meet her. We my children, I fixed a meal think shed love that. Annies Mailbox is written and everybody ate it. Today, its short order for each child. by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy When I set a bedtime, the Sugar, longtime editors of the children said good night, Ann Landers column. Please brushed their teeth and went e-mail your questions to anniesmailbox@comcast.net, or to bed. Today, children nego- write to: Annies Mailbox, c/o tiate their bedtimes and often Creators Syndicate, 5777 W. retire as late as their parents. Century Blvd., Ste. 700, Los When I organized an activity, Angeles, CA 90045. everybody went. Today, if the kids dont want to participate, it changes the routine for everyone. The kids think they are in charge, and they ARE. Please, parents, set some good examples, draw the lines, make rules, and stick to them. I say this for the benefit of our children. They are getting the wrong ideas about how the world works. If parents dont wise up, these kids will be unfit to enter adulthood. -- Concerned Grandma Dear Concerned: Thank you. Nothing speaks with more authority than the voice of experience. Dear Annie: This is in response to Spell Check, whose college friend cannot spell and is a special-ed teacher. I, too, am a special education teacher and cant spell to save my life. But it has never impeded the ability of

Daughter verbally bullied at school


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Herald

Tomorrows Horoscope
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19, 2011 Instead of taking gambles on persons or things about which you know little, bet only on yourself in the year ahead. Youll have several good potential projects and, even if you fail, youll know why and what to do about it in the future. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -Take care not to let your anger out on an innocent bystander if you are overpowered or outmaneuvered on an important matter. Count to 10 before opening your mouth. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -Maintain mental discipline regardless of what happens to throw you off. Underestimating the value of essential elements in your endeavors could cause you to unravel. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Keep both your social and business contacts separate and, above all, avoid all speculative arrangements with friends. If things dont go the way they should, youll be to blame. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Taking on more objectives or projects that you can comfortably manage is self-defeating, so dont gamble on your workload. Dedicate yourself to only one or two targets. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Dont be coerced into putting your signature on something that youre hesitant about, and be wary of even a verbal commitment. What you agree to might be deliberately distorted. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- It behooves you to be self-reliant, because people upon whom you depend might make promises they later find they cant keep. Personal requirements will take precedence over yours. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- If youre a bit slow and your thinking isnt quite as sharp as it usually is, forgo attempting to match wits with an adversary. Back off until a riper time. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -Look before you leap when attempting to handle a complex assignment. You could easily misread something and end up making your task twice as hard to accomplish. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -There is a strong chance that some social plans youve been looking forward to will get canceled or postponed. Be prepared with some backup plans so you wont experience a total letdown. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Its never smart to allow someone who can be dead weight into an arrangement where you and several others are aiming for a specific target. He or she is likely to hold you back once again. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- There is one thing that could cause you much disarray, and that is proceeding forward on an idea without laying out a proper game plan. Take a moment to formulate one. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Unless you are prudent in the management of your resources, youre not likely to have the financial wherewithal to make ends meet when you really need to.


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