Modifying Messy

Dear Wombat and Dingbat,

How do I get my husband to put his dishes in the dishwasher? Or pick up his socks? Or take out the trash? Or in general, not be a slob, and not treat me like a maid? I’ve gone on strike and all that happens is he gets grouchy and my house gets disgusting. HELP!!

-Miserable in Maryland

Continue Reading . . .

A Neat Street

Dear Wombat and Dingbat,

Our block is quite orderly and well-trimmed BUT there is one household that never mows their lawn. Well, maybe twice a summer. Car parked on lawn. Unsightly. And no one ever sees the inhabitants. Well, maybe very occasionally. Someone in my household has suggested making a sign, and planting it the problem yard in the middle of the night, that says “Free Dandelions! U-Pick.” Do you think this would be helpful?

–A Neat Street

Continue Reading . . .

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

Continue Reading . . .

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

Continue Reading . . .

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

Continue Reading . . .