The exception may be their teacher, nanny or camp counselor, but these people will know to ask permission first. Kids have the right to feel comfortable and to set boundaries where they can and will feel safe. Call me a boundary hound.
Children, especially young children, have rights, even though they are underage. I teach my kids they need to give their consent before an adult hugs them, ties their shoelaces, brushes their hair, talks to them about what’s going on in their lives, posts a picture of them online (that’s a big one!), enters their room, etc.
— John T. in Pennsylvania
John, kids need to speak up when they feel uncomfortable. They don’t owe any adult anything.
Dear Readers: Never pump the mascara wand as you open the tube. This will introduce air into the tube, dry out the formula and potentially create bacteria.
Instead, twist open the tube and swirl the wand gently around before pulling it out. This will get a good amount of product on the wand, and then the wiper seal on the tube will clean the wand, so you will get the right amount for application.
Wireless headphone cleaner DEAR HELOISE: To clean wireless headphones:
1. Use a toothpick to loosen any debris. 2. Use mounting putty to remove buildup inside.
3. Use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to clean the outer surface. 4. Let air dry.
— Lenny T. in Ohio Lenny, read the owner’s manual too for cleaning guidelines.
A study in saffron Dear Readers: Saffron is the costliest spice in the world, up to $5,000 per pound! Harvested by hand, saffron is made from the stigma of the purple crocus plant.
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