What to Believe

Dear Wombat and Dingbat, 

I have read and strongly believe that discussion with people, and hearing out different opinions is a great way to learn more, develop empathy, and broaden your horizons. I have found however that it can get rather overwhelming and confusing when you are trying to develop your OWN opinion.  How does one reconcile learning to consider the wisdom of others, with *also* learning to strengthen one’s own inner voice?

Listening Too Hard

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Never Wrong

Dear Wombat and Dingbat,

How does one love a person who is never wrong? Because they are never wrong, they don’t apologize or say they are sorry. It’s never their fault! Any suggestions are much appreciated.

Sometimes Right

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What is Love?

Dear Wombat and Dingbat,
I’m a human and I love my dog very much. In fact, I honestly never knew I had this much of love inside me to give to another being until we met. I know he recognizes me as The Giver of Good Things, and I flatter myself to think that I am his favorite human…but I also question this quite a bit, so I’m hoping you can help clear things up. Do dogs feel love…or a love-like emotion…for their humans? Or is it all about who has the best treats? Thanks for your help!

In Love with a Dog

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A Contrary Kid

Dear Wombat and Dingbat,

My five-year old grandson (and other kids I know in that pre-school/early elementary age — especially boys) are very quick to deny whatever an adult says to them. E.g. “You’re dragging your sleeve through your scrambled eggs!” “No, I’m not,” even when he has egg all over his sleeve. “No, you’re wrong” seems to be the implied response to almost anything an adult says to him. Not only is this not helpful in moving life along, it’s really annoying!

–Annoyed Grandma

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Messy

Dear Wombat and Dingbat,
I hate how messy my office is, but though I try to keep it neat, it never lasts long. Help?
 —Messy in Michigan

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