Ask Ada: Piano lessons and racist uncles

Send us your questions and problems. Write [email protected] Dear Ada, At what age do you stop forcing kids to practice the piano? Won’t it be good for them in the long run? Signed, Not a Nag Dear Not a Nag, I’m sensing your child is not a budding musical prodigy and that you are not … Continued

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Ask Ada: Headphone etiquette and splitting restaurant checks

Send us your questions and problems. Write [email protected] Dear Ada, More and more, in public spaces (airline gates, doctors’ offices), adults are watching videos and playing games on their personal electronic devices without headphones. What is the proper etiquette for people who, like me, don’t want to listen to someone get bludgeoned to death on … Continued

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Ask Ada: What to do about oversharing friends and how to kiss in public

Welcome to Acculturated’s new advice column. Every week we’ll explore the many ways human beings drive each other crazy—and what we can (and can’t) do about it. We welcome your questions!  Please send them to [email protected] (Questions may be edited for length and clarity.) ——————————————————————————————————————- Dear Ada, We have a lovely daughter who was adopted … Continued

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