Q. I am a single father of three near adult children. I have been raising them alone for the last two years. To keep things as consistent as possible, I thought it best to leave our family pics around the house just as they were when we were a family. It's been two years and we've settled into a routine, but I'm wondering if it's still healthy for the kids to see pictures of our intact family in every room. They rarely see their mother. Was I right to keep the pictures out as they used to be? What's good ex-etiquette?
A. It depends. My answer could change depending on why your children's mother left. Was it for someone else? Addiction? Mental health? Boredom? Did she pass away? You didn't include that very important component but let me answer your question in a general way and you can apply the principles to your particular situation.