By Ellie Advice Columnist Mon., Oct. 8, 2018 Q: We have a beautiful granddaughter from our son and daughter-in-law. We all get along well. However, when we go out to dinner or have them over for supper, table manners don’t exist for our granddaughter, now two-and-a-half. She attends home daycare and a daycare centre regularly, as her mother works. She cannot handle even a spoon yet, so eats with her fingers and refuses help. After one bite, she leaves the table to play, returns, takes another bite or two, leaves again. Article Continued Below When a parent insists she sits to eat, she cries hard and is soothed by Mom, “Yes, she’s tired.” A pout, some play, and she eventually comes back for another bite or some dessert. This scenario, especially in a restaurant, is extremely stressful for me. My younger son refuses to join us at a restaurant or even a meal at home with her. Question: If they dine at … [Read more...] about I can’t tolerate my granddaughter’s terrible table manners: Ask Ellie
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At first glance, it's hard to tell apart the ice cream served at a Taiwan cafe and a living pooch. With deep wrinkles and puppy eyes, the gelato served at Bambino is modelled after a dog breed called Chinese Shar Pei. And customers can't bear to take a bite out of the icy treat. "It really feels like a real dog is looking at you," said a customer. Another said: "I feel like cutting into him will hurt him, I feel sorry for him." It's evident that a lot of attention was paid to the smallest details - such as the dog's characteristic wrinkles and sandpapery skin. The lifelike puppy gelato is melting hearts in Taiwan, and Bambino's staff are struggling to meet demands. According to local media, it takes up to five hours to make 100 servings of the ice cream in a day. They come in two flavours - chocolate or earl grey tea - and are on sale for TWD198 (S$8.80) each. You'd better get your camera ready as this puppy ice cream starts melting three minutes after leaving the fridge. … [Read more...] about This puppy ice cream is so lifelike, people can’t bear to eat it
By Ellie Advice Columnist Sat., May 12, 2018 I’m a man, married with kids, and my spouse is a really nice person. Like any other relationship, we encounter challenges. However, I have a problem. I usually find myself in situations where I meet other attractive females on the outside, who I eventually — because of flirting back and placing myself in certain situations (not sexual intercourse) — allow their feelings to develop. On most occasions, I never let the individuals know that I’m married, which I know is really bad. Many times, it’s because I really do not want to hurt their feelings, or perhaps I just want to have my cake and eat it too. I’m currently in a situation like that, and I genuinely, urgently need help! Article Continued Below My question: How can I breakup this relationship with the “outside female,” while also revealing to her in a nice way that I’m married, without making … [Read more...] about I’m a married man and I can’t stop flirting: Ask Ellie
By Andrea Gordon Education Reporter Fri., March 2, 2018 When the recess bell rings at McKee Public School in Willowdale, residents gazing out the windows of the highrise condominiums across the street are privy to a scene of joyful pandemonium. Hundreds of children spill from the main building and four portables, spreading across the schoolyard in an explosion of pent-up energy. From above, they are colourful specks, laughing, shouting, chasing, climbing and sprawling in the snow. But parents in the 120-unit building west of the playground can’t cast a surreptitious eye on what their own children are up to. Because since the condos opened in 2004, children who live them haven’t been eligible to attend the school steps away from their front door. Read more: The GTA's population is booming — but not necessarily in the right places Article Continued Below Have your say Like other elementary schools along the Yonge St. corridor near … [Read more...] about The challenge of urban density: They can see the school from their balconies but their kids can’t attend
By Bruce Arthur Sports Columnist Fri., Feb. 23, 2018 PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA—If this column offends anybody, apologies in advance. On Thursday here in Pyeongchang the United States women’s hockey team defeated Canada in the gold medal final. Great game. And after she was given her silver medal Canada’s Jocelyne Larocque took the medal off, and Which was fine! Or, it should have been fine. That game was so emotional, which is part of what made it great. Larocque could not stand the feeling of silver around her neck. It was an honest moment. Friday, she ... apologized? “I want to apologize to the IOC, IIHF, the Pyeongchang Olympic Organizing Committee, Canadian Olympic Committee, Hockey Canada and most especially to my teammates and our fans for removing my silver medal after it was presented to me,” said Larocque in a statement released by Hockey Canada. “In the moment, I was disappointed with the outcome of the game, … [Read more...] about If Jocelyne Larocque can’t take off her silver medal, then what the hell are we doing here?