Home & Garden

Tips on saving for a new home

If one of your New Year's resolutions is to become a homeowner, now is the time to start a plan to save for that new dream house. While a 20 percent down payment is often no longer necessary, you'll still need a bit of savings even for lower rates in San Diego's pricey housing market. And keep in mind, a larger down payment might save you money in the long run.


Parents @ Play: Escaping boredom and solving crimes – together

Escape the Room-type games are all the rage, and for good reasons: They're challenging, fun, often educational, usually require cooperation and teamwork, and are all-around wonderful activities to do with family and friends. This week we review several new entries into this growing segment. We've enjoyed them, and know that you will too.


Ask Mr. Dad: Putting together a co-parenting plan

Dear Mr. Dad: My husband and I are getting divorced. Unfortunately, we're so angry at each other that we can no longer even be in the same room together. Fortunately, despite our anger, we still understand how important each of us is to our children – and how important our children are to each of us. Do you think we'll be able to come up with a parenting plan that works for everyone? And if so, how do we do that?


Ex-etiquette: Understanding shared custody

My husband and I share custody of his two young daughters. I also have kids from my prior relationship – one is in middle school and the other in high school. My husband's daughters see their mother every other weekend, so she doesn't have much influence on them, but each time they come home, they are terrible. It takes me days to straighten them out. What's good ex-etiquette?


Living with Children: To spank, or, not to – here we go again

Four sentences into her Wall Street Journal article on recent research into spanking ("Spanking for Misbehavior? It Causes More!" December 17, 2017), the author, Susan Pinker, makes two grievous errors: first, she says that children under 7 cannot master their emotions; second, she says a fair amount of misbehavior on the part of a young child distinguishes him from a robot.