Steel Advice columnist Mary Ann Wellener says goodbye to Post-Gazette readers but will continue to give advice on KDKA-TV.
Parents should pick a birthday gift for their daughter that fits her tastes, but it doesn’t have to be elaborate for her milestone.
Daughter’s car accident should be used to teach her valuable lessons about driving safely.
The daughter should help pay for the replacement retainer but not be browbeaten about losing it.
What do you do about the barrage of inane emails you’re getting everyday from a pair of dear old friends?
Don’t treat the child care grandmother like the hired help. Treat her to a nice meal or a spa day to show your appreciation.
Plan the menu for the holiday party based on the people who’ve RSVP’d, but buy a bit more just in case more people show up.
It is socially expected behavior to send a note of appreciation to acknowledge gifts, contributions and large favors.
Providing proper support and guidance to your child does not always make you a “helicopter parent.“
Patient annoyed by waiting room TV at the doctor’s office should bring along something to tune out the noise.
Older women can update their own fashion look without trying to mimic the style of teenage girls.
An artist should make sure clients know and understand his style in advance of painting their portraits.
Keep your pup separated from the neighbors’ aggressive dog.
Take good earplugs with you to the hospital if you want peace and quiet; condolences may mean more to mourners than attire.
A brother-in-law should be free to accept any job offer that comes his way.
Divorced woman should sell the silver her former mother-in-law gave her as a gift years ago and not look back.
New pet owner should get some education on handling a puppy before giving up.
Homeowners should continue to be friendly with neighbors whose son tore apart their slate wall.
Don’t force a sports fanatic guest to go cold turkey on televised sports; you can’t make daughters give you grandchildren.
Parents should ignore the accusations of their deceased son’s wife and seek comfort in his memory.
Distancing yourself from a negative friend is OK.
When a son tells a father about cheating in school, the next step is for the father to see the principal.
How can I avoid getting exposed to germs when I have to press the flesh in business situations?
It’s never too late to extend kind words of sympathy to grieving people.
The husband should come up with more couple activities to enjoy with his wife to dissuade her from excessive TV binge watching.
Those new to a workplace should wear appropriate attire in the office.
A retirement community resident should speak up if there are hygiene problems at the group dinner table.
An office mate’s repetitive queries could be a red flag about her lack of understanding of the work.
Delicately and diplomatically tell office mate co-worker her scent is overpowering.
Perpetual hosts wonder why other couples don’t seem to reciprocate with invitations to their homes.
Gray grandma should consult a professional when coloring her hair for the first time.
Not all family members need to wear tuxedos to a formal wedding if they don‘t own them.
When a wedding invitation urges black-tie attire for guests, can we get away with a suit and tie?
Parents who prematurely announce a baby-to-be’s name do so at their own peril.
Don’t punish your in-laws for their daughter’s thoughtlessness concerning thank-you notes from her wedding.
Grandma should call the pre-wedding gathering a brunch, so as not to scare off the men by calling it a shower.
Bar mitzvah guest shouldn’t feel slighted for being invited to only some of the festivities; give mother-in-law time to bond with dogs.
Empty nesters should inform their young border as soon as possible that they no longer want to rent him a room.
Co-worker shouldn’t let a greedy office freeloader upset the party.
Mother's early exit from baseball game disappoints her son; high school graduation party with alcohol carries a huge liability risk.
Mother of the bride should welcome her ex-husband's assistance with her daughter's wedding expenses but not overspend.
A friend is wise to avoid conversation on politics and social issues at a home demonstration party.
Speak up when a dinner companion wants to share plates against your will.
After years of estrangement, an ex-wife shouldn't expect her ex-husband to fund daughter's wedding.
The mother of the bride can be stylish and classy without buying an expensive ensemble for her daughter's wedding.
It's OK for a family to distance itself from a depressed and combative elderly in-law, while still encouraging her to get help.
Grandfather should encourage discussion between generations.
Share your experience with the blood clot disorder with family members, then let them decide whether to be tested.
Bullying is no longer thought of as "just a part of growing up," so a parent needs to be a proactive defender.
To keep family harmony, uninvite your relative's ex-husband to the wedding.