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Parents always have the last word

Dear Readers: Today’s Sound Off is about interfering with how kids are raised:

“Dear Heloise: My in-laws are nice, but they are, at times, overindulgent with gifts for our two boys. I’ve spoken to them, but they still spend too much. I even suggested that instead of so many ‘things,’ they put money into a college fund to help the boys later on. My father-in-law said he was planning on giving my son a car for his 16th birthday! These are my children, and I won’t have my in-laws interfering with how I raise them.

“I want my boys to learn to budget money. I’ll insist they get a summer job at 16 so they know how hard people work to make a living. They need to understand that $50 may seem like a lot of money, but it doesn’t go far. I want them to grow up to be financially responsibl, and they can’t do that if my in-laws give them everything.” — Tina in South Carolina

Family members mean well, but a parent is still in charge of raising children. It’s never too early to teach them to handle money. — Heloise

Dusty lampshade

Dear Heloise: I have five lampshades that have accordion pleats. They’re dusty, and I can’t get the dust out. Help! — Rhonda Y., Dime Box, Texas

Rhonda, take your lampshades outside. Using a clean paintbrush, brush downward in the valleys. After that, take them inside and vacuum the lampshades with the brush attachment. — Heloise

(Heloise is a columnist for King Features Syndicate. Send a hint to P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or E-Mail: Heloise@Heloise.com.)

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