In a break from the recent slate of doom-and-gloom reports of catastrophes, wars and destruction, a United Nations report released Tuesday says the number of children under 5 who die each year fell by 49 percent between 1990 and 2013, from 12.7 million to 6.3 million, saving 17,000 lives every day.

DEAR CAROLYN: I’m 38 and involved with a same-age man. We are in love and it’s the kind of relationship that has shown me everything that was missing from prior relationships. We’ve been dating for just shy of six months and are starting to discuss living together, which would also be a first.

DEAR CAROLYN: I am a 33-year-old single mom with an 8-year-old son. I have sole custody of my son, but by state law I cannot move more than 60 miles away from my son’s father.

If caring in not reciprocated, it shows a lopsided connection

My widowed-for-20-years father is having an “accidental” child with a woman my age. He is an extremely poor communicator (I got that particular gift from him), and repeatedly denied he was even dating this woman when we asked him, point-blank.

With back-to-school shopping in full swing in September, parents wanting to pare their budget for kids’ clothes turn to “gently used” clothes from online and walk-in consignment stores.

DEAR CAROLYN: I have a 5-year-old nephew who is starting kindergarten. He is a fantastic little boy who likes “boy” things like cars and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but he really likes many “girl” things like Doc McStuffins, Minnie Mouse and My Little Pony. He is the most interesting 5-year-old boy I know.

DEAR CAROLYN: My husband and I are expecting our first child. We have been receiving a lot of family pressure to name him after my uncle “Ben.” Ben suffered from severe depression and bipolar disorder his entire life; two years ago he committed suicide.

I’ve struggled with depression and self-injury (among other things) for years, and I recently had a wake-up call that I needed to change things. Instead of going back to college this fall, I’ll be taking a leave of absence and going into an in-patient treatment center to get better.

While I’m away, readers give the advice.



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