My Neighbor's Dog Playdates Are Driving Me Nuts!

Dear Mouthy Housewives, I have a neighbor who insists on having playdates for her dogs and other neighborhood dogs in her backyard. Basically, I have to put up with an hour of nonstop barking and it's making me crazy! I've told her this is a public nuisance, but she insists I'm overreacting and that the dogs are just playing and having fun. I don't want to get into a war with my neighbor, but I'm really sick of this. What should I do? Signed, Your Dogs' Playdate is Making me Cray Cray ...more
I've been through this before, and might I suggest you coordinate an out-of-home playdate for ...more

My Daughter's Friend Is So Rude!

Dear Mouthy Housewives, Help! One of my 15-year-old daughter’s friends is so obnoxious! She doesn’t address me when she comes over, just mutters a “hi,” without any eye contact; helps herself to whatever she wants in the refrigerator before I had a chance to offer; and responds monosyllabically whenever I try to engage her in conversation. I’ve asked my daughter about this, but she brushes it off with a, "that’s just how she is." Is there anything that I can do about this? Or do I have to suck it up and deal with her rudeness? Signed, Ms. Prim and Proper ...more
I agree!  We teach other people how we want to be treated.  AND all children, no matter how old, ...more

Can My Friendships Survive the Presidential Election?

Dear Mouthy Housewives, The presidential election is a year away and some of my friends are already driving me crazy with their political posts on Facebook. I don't want to block them but I don't always share the same political views and it's making me nuts. Ideas? Signed, I'm Left, They're Right Image: Gify. Dear I'm Left, They're Right, ...more
I say what my dad says, 'Voting is like sex. Everyone should do it, but keep the details to ...more

We're Fighting Over the Kids' Screen Time. Is There an App For That?

Dear Mouthy Housewives, My wife and I totally disagree about our kids and screen time. She is the Tough Mom, and basically thinks the iPad will eventually melt their brains. I’m the Relaxed Mom (a.k.a. I like my iPad!), and I think it’s totally fine -- and even educational --for the kids to Minecraft and iPad to their hearts' delight. How can we find a happy medium? Signed, Steve Jobs’ Black Turtleneck ...more

How Do I Get My Kid To Sleep in His Own Bed?

Dear Mouthy Housewives, Our son is almost 4 and still sleeps in bed with us; right there between my husband and me. It’s awful. No one's getting any good sleep, and sex is basically out of the question. How can we gently take back our bed? Signed, From the Edge of the Bed ...more
Get a huge futon on the floor so everyone sleeps calmly and find somewhere more exciting for sex ...more

My Daughter's the N.K.O.T.B. and She's Not Hangin' Tough

Dear Mouthy Housewives, We moved to a new state over the summer. Everything is great, except my daughter is starting a new middle school very soon and she's scared out of her mind. What can I do to help her feel better about the transition? Signed, New In Town ...more
Ok, so you had me at NKOTB, not gonna lie! it would be great if she could meet some of the ...more

Help! My Husband Has Serious Dad Bod and It's So Not My Jam

Dear Mouthy Housewives, My husband has gotten waaaay out of shape. He's seriously let himself go in the 12 years that we've been married. Is there a nice, kind way to drop hints about his Dad Bod without completely destroying his feelings? Signed, Married to Captain Underpants ...more
My husband doesn't really get "hurt feelings" so I don't have to worry about that. I just told ...more

I Hate Reading to My Kids at Bedtime!

Dear Mouthy Housewives, I know that reading to your kids is good for them. But, to be really, really honest? I can’t stand those damn children's books! Every last one of them. The husband usually works late, so I’m stuck pulling bedtime duty most nights. How can I save my sanity without robbing my kids of their bedtime stories? Signed, Go the Eff to Sleep ...more
I enjoyed reading more as my daughter got older. I think it was hard earlier because they were ...more

Summertime, and the Kitchen Is Easy (Or It Will Be With These Dinner Tips)

Dear Mouthy Housewives, I'm too lazy to cook dinner for my family this summer, plus it's too hot. Any ideas? Signed, Kitchen Is Closed ...more
Summer is perfect for the crockpot!more

Well, Bless Your Heart -- Uh, Unless That Offends You

Dear Mouthy Housewives, The other day I was at the house of my daughter's friend. The kids were having a play date and I was chatting with the mom. Our daughters were in preschool together, but I don't know the family that well. At some point her husband joined us and we had a pleasant conversation until he sneezed, and I said, "Bless you!" His response? "I'm an atheist, and I don't want to be blessed." I was really taken aback and didn't say anything. Should I have? Should I say something to him or his wife? Signed, Achoo ...more
"Well, then, CURSE YOU!!!!!" :-D (Things I Should Have Said If I'd Only Thought of Them at the ...more