DEAR ABBY: For the past year and a half, I have worked a full-time and a part-time job while attending school. I recently graduated from college and now have a career that has put me into a better financial position.
My problem is, Iím still working my part-time job. My boyfriend, ďJared,Ē and I get into arguments over whether I should keep it. I enjoy the extra cash, but Iím starting to feel like life is passing me by because Iím working seven days a week, usually 10 hours a day. I am exhausted, but Jared doesnít want me to quit.
Jared doesnít seem to understand. I donít have time to see my family or visit friends, something I feel he takes for granted. Should I keep this job and keep Jared happy, or stand my ground and live life my way? ó Exhausted in Iowa
Dear Exhausted: If Jared wants the extra income, then my view is that Jared should earn it.
DEAR ABBY: I am in a quandary over a situation I donít have any legal rights over. A friend of mine has two grandchildren. The mother of the children is neglectful. My friend baby-sits all the time and the kids know that she loves them, but she canít take care of them full time because she has health issues. The little boy is VERY mean to animals and heís not yet 5. Is there any way to help these children? ó Concerned in Texas
Dear Concerned: That little boy desperately needs to be evaluated by a mental health professional ó the sooner the better. If Grandma can see that her grandson gets the help he needs, she should see that he gets it ASAP. However, if she canít, and the neglect he is suffering at the hands of his mother is whatís causing him to take out his rage on animals, then Child Protective Services should be notified.
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