Help! My Friend Wants Me to Lie as a Job Reference

Dear Mouthy Housewives,I run a small internet-based business and over the years have had several employees. Recently, a good friend of mine asked me if she could use me as a professional reference. She has been a stay-at-home mom for about twelve years and is having a hard time finding a job. I want to help her, but I feel uncomfortable about lying. Is there any way this can be considered a "white lie"?Signed,I'm Not Her Boss...more
No way. No no no. No!  For heaven's sake, I'm a convicted felon and would never lie about it. I ...more

What to Do If You Think Your Friend Is Racist

Dear Mouthy Housewives,I think a friend of mine is kind of racist. She always mentions if someone is black or Jewish or Hispanic. She doesn't say anything negative, but she whispers their ethnicity when it's not pertinent. Like: "There's a new waiter at the wine place. He's BLACK." She says it in this derogatory way.Should I say something or just let it go?Signed,Am I Friends with a Racist Person?...more
Several years ago, the local news tried to eliminate the racial descriptions of people who were ...more

How Do You Remember People's Names?

Dear Mouthy Housewives,I am the worst at remembering people's faces. Just today I introduced myself to someone I already met. I've been like this my whole life, so I know it's nothing serious, like memory loss. How do I avoid these embarassing situations?Signed,Face OffCredit: Quinn Dombrowski via Flickr Creative Commons...more
LOl, I spent the first half of my working life as a barrister. I'm great with faces but rubbish ...more

Would You Ever Give Away Your Puppy?

Dear Mouthy Housewives,We have a new puppy, and I'm taking care of it almost 90 percent of the time because I'm home. I'm going insane and don't want to keep it, but now my kids are attached. Advice?Signed,Doggone Credit: Sergey Norin via Flickr Creative Commons Dear Doggone,...more
I wonder if she considered getting rid of her kids as babies when she had to get up in the ...more

Should I Tell My Friend She Should Get a Divorce?

Dear Mouthy Housewives,My friend is married to real jerk. He's just not kind or loving. I have never really liked him but tried to be supportive. I thought she rushed into it too fast, but she felt the pressure of the biological clock. (They now have kids.) She told me she is thinking of leaving him but wants my opinion on what she should do. Do you I tell the truth? I think she should dump him....more
I agree with your answer. You are the only one knowing are you ready or not to go through that ...more

How Do I Tell My Mom Her House Reeks?

Dear Mouthy Housewives,I hate to visit my mom's house because it reeks of animals. She has two cats and a dog, and I think she keeps it clean, but it still smells. How do I tell her this?Signed,My Mom's Living In a Litter Box...more
Maybe it's better that, in presentation of the problem (reeking house bec of pets) to suggest a ...more

Kid Birthday Parties: Do You Invite Everyone?

Dear Mouthy Housewives.My son is turning nine next month, and we are having a birthday party for him. We usually invite the whole class, but this year, he doesn't want to invite one boy and two girls. I asked him why, and he said that they're mean and not his friends. That seems like a pretty good reason not to invite someone, but I suspect it's against school policy to exclude kids and also feels kind of mean. Should I invite them anyway?Signed,Party Pooper...more
For the past few years since Mini started school, we have invited the entire class. Chances are ...more

Can You Please Stop Looking at Your Phone?

Dear Mouthy Housewives,I just got together with a relatively new friend for a playdate. Our kids got along great, but she was constantly on her phone. When did it become okay to have a conversation while looking at your phone? I wanted to say something but thought she might get offended. Any advice?...more
I always always make a point to be "present" with the people I am with and I expect people I am ...more

Why Shouldn't I Let My Leg Hair Grow in the Winter?

Dear Mouthy Housewives,Do women still need to shave their legs in the winter months? I say they don't, but my friends all insist that I'm wrong and that I need to use a razor to stay smooth and feel sexy and attractive. Personally, I don't see the point, because I usually wear long pants and boots and it's not like I'm married or even have a boyfriend. What do you think? Hair or no hair?Signed,Princess Hairy...more
Love this! Even in summer I'm lazy about this. The skirts I wear are below the knees so why ...more

My Ridiculous Husband Now Thinks He's My Wardrobe Stylist

Dear Mouthy Housewives,My otherwise wonderful husband recently started doing something very annoying. For no apparent reason, he started giving me fashion advice! I'm a stay-at-home mom. My wardrobe consists mostly of jeans and yoga pants. He keeps suggesting skirts and dresses. It makes me uncomfortable. I'm an adult and know what I like to wear, but he insists.Do you think there's something else going on with him? How do I get him to stop? He's driving me crazy.Signed,Casual Mom...more
I think communication is the key, here. Sit him down and ask him why, straight out. Tell him you ...more