Ask Colette Advice

Glad But Not Interested

Dear Colette,     My friend recently joined a direct selling company and keeps bugging me to host an in-home demonstration party, and I keep saying it’s not a good time. When she’s not pushing me to coordinate this event, she’s always showing me her new catalog and saying how great the products are and encouraging…

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Say What You Mean

Dear Colette,     I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation today and found myself chuckling as I was reminded of miscommunications between myself and the men in my life. My question is: I am the mother of 2 girls, ages 5 and 3. As a mother are there things I can do to help them “speak their…

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Unbelievable

Dear Colette,     My brother-in-law will once again be gracing our holiday table this season with his white lies. I don’t know how my sister deals with it (they’ve been married for over 17 years), but I’ve had enough. While telling a story he not only embellishes, but he’ll make stuff up, such as, how…

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Revealing

Dear Colette,     With Halloween around the corner, my husband and I are once again in a stupid battle over costumes for our children. You see, I have a pre-teen daughter who wants to be Alice in Wonderland for Halloween, but the costume she wants to purchase is a bit revealing. My husband says there…

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Time To Ourselves

Dear Colette,     I am very blessed and live in a spacious home with a beautiful, built-in pool in the backyard. My husband comes from a large family and every summer we entertain various members of his family on weekends and those who arrive from out of town for longer. Although I love spending time…

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Taking Advantage

Dear Colette,     I have a colleague who always wants to go to lunch, and I do enjoy her company. Trouble is, she is cheap. She is quick to pull out her wallet, throw down an amount and say, “That should cover my share” but she never thinks to include tax or tip. Once after…

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Punctuality

Dear Colette,     I’m responsible for coordinating and running a bi-weekly meeting with colleagues, and I’m over-the-top frustrated with how many individuals stroll in late. I keep these meetings short, have an agenda and stay on task. Since everyone needs to hear the information, I don’t want to start without at least half the members…

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Loyalty

Dear Colette,     Working in Human Resources I’m privy to knowing who has the potential to be laid off. A good friend of mine recently appeared on the list for the next wave of cuts. Since we talk all the time I know she doesn’t have much savings and this will be a huge blow…

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What A Mess

Dear Colette,     I am not sure what to do in this situation. After I saw you on TV this morning I tried to think of a way that any of us could better handle this problem. In our (and in some other) neighborhoods, there is a terrible epidemic of dog owners, walkers, etc….who do…

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