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QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  I need your input, please. If you have an idea on how to solve the problem—or, if you have a similar problem, email me and I will sort through and post the replies. If you have questions you would like answered, email  them to me.  I may not have a clue, but maybe someone else will. THIS IS NOT A FORUM.  There are no other threads posted. This is more like a “Dear Abby” column in which there are several experts (you) to answer the questions.

 
 

Dear Beyonder Queen,

 

I have a thirteen year old boy who has been in the system since he was seven. The problem is that he takes pride in NOTHING. He thinks it is fine to do a chore sloppily as long as it will pass. He doesn’t put extra effort into anything—even his sports. He dreams of being a quarterback on his junior high football team, but when we tell him that takes more practice than just scrimmaging with the team after school, he doesn’t seem to understand.

He doesn’t really care about his appearance—will wear dirty clothes to school, not brush his teeth, not comb his hair.

I know some of this is just his age, but I really would like to teach him to have pride in some things. Any suggestions?

 

FRUSTRATED FOGIE

 

 

Dear Flabby,
 
I have arthritis--not crippling, but enough to pain me and detract from taking care of the kids.
 
My doctor recommended Celebrex at one time, but now those drugs are being taken away as they cause other problems.
 
Besides, I have been told that they are called " Designer Drugs" and insurance companies will refuse to insure you if you take them.
 
Any ideas on how to treat visits from Uncle Arther?
 
A Pained Beyonder

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