Q: Getting my daughters, 15 and 13, to pick up their clothes from the floors of their rooms requires constant nagging from me. I’m at my wits’ end. Please help me out with this. It’s driving me slowly insane.

A: Speaking as your therapist du jour, it is my responsibility to inform you that you may already have crossed the line. Remember the famous line, insanity is doing the same thing over and over even though you keep getting the same result.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023 — You are a combination of creativity and logic. You are mentally alert and ambitious. You give your all to something that is important. This year is a lovely, social year! You will enjoy life more, especially your relationships. It’s time to let you…

Q. I have been dating my boyfriend for two years. He has three daughters, ages 11, 8, and 4, that he shares with their mother. We are very serious, but we do not live together because it was quite confusing for the girls when their mother moved in with someone new.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Monday, Jan. 30, 2023 — You have great speaking skills and a wonderful sense of humor. You are intelligent, disciplined and dedicated. You’re a generous leader. This year is a quieter year that will give you a chance to rejuvenate your energy. Focus on business and persona…

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 91. Literally overnight, I went from eating a very high-fiber diet (which had agreed with me for many years) to requiring a low-fiber diet with two probiotics a day. What could have caused this complete change to my system? — R.C.

DEAR DR. ROACH: Please give me your opinion on the drug Rybelsus. It is advertised on TV as a wonder drug to reduce the A1C count for diabetics. My last A1C level was 6.8. My only problem with taking Rybelsus is that, in the package insert (or medication guide), it reads “not recommended as …

Q: I’m a single mom who works from home. At noon, I pick up my 5-year-old from half-day kindergarten. Because I’m unable to pay attention to her while I’m working, she wants to watch television for the rest of the afternoon. We have a no-TV rule on school days, but I find myself unable to en…

Having reflected, the last few weeks, on the place we are in America with regard to the “Sanctity of Life”, especially from a Biblical perspective, and trying to keep from getting political, I have to confess that it is disappointing to see where we are in our culture.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023 — You are independent, even rebellious. You want to do your own thing. You are comfortable being the center of attention, when you choose. This year is the last year of a nine-year cycle, which means it’s time to let go of people and situations that…

DEAR DR. ROACH: My doctor invariably prescribes four 200 mg Advils (ibuprofen), to be taken three times every 24 hours for a few days. I suspect this will create useful peaks, but also create unwanted troughs, compared to taking a smaller dose more frequently that results in the same aggrega…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Friday, Jan. 27, 2023 — You are a quick study and a fast learner. You love life’s daily adventures. You are talented, versatile and often a trendsetter. Your freedom is important to you. This year you will receive recognition, awards and promotions to acknowledge your past…

“The ebb and flow of daily life can lead to wonderful highs, crushing lows, and everything in between.”

DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m a 74-year-old woman with good cholesterol numbers and normal blood pressure. I’ve exercised regularly since I was 17 (that’s 57 years), and weigh 98 pounds. I have no history of heart attack or stroke. Still, my doctor is giving me a strong sales pitch to take a statin wi…

Every year Edmunds’ experts put their heads together to determine the best new vehicles on sale. Spread across six categories, the annual Edmunds Top Rated Awards are given to the cars, trucks and SUVs that rank at the top of their class according to Edmunds’ vehicle testing program.

Q: We own a 2013 MDX Acura with 46,000 miles on it. We recently received a letter from Acura, Warranty Extension stating that the engine oil consumption exceeds client expectations. The original coverage is six years/70,000 miles. They’ve just extended it to eight years/125,000 miles, whiche…

Once upon a time, Chevy’s Blazer was a full-size 4x4 — this was before there were “SUVs” — and it came standard with a V8 engine. It has since gotten smaller — and it’s now a crossover.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023 — You have an air of authority that makes you an excellent leader. You are decisive, honest and down to earth. You speak your mind. This is a year of learning and teaching. You might renew your spiritual and religious beliefs as well. Explore new id…

Q: Recently, I was told by two repair shops that I needed to replace the original catalytic converter on my 2005 Honda Accord coupe. The Honda dealer where I purchased the car recommended a certain shop because a particular mechanic working there might be able to save the old one with weldin…

“Life is full of change and uncertainty. We know this. We experience it on a daily basis.”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023 — You have a sense of destiny and purpose. You are friendly and love to debate. You are hardworking, especially for the good of others. You value your personal freedom. You are often a trendsetter. Service to others is your theme this year. Take ca…

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have read that dietary potassium is very important in reducing heart disease risk, along with reducing sodium. I use a potassium-based salt replacement at home. Is there a maximum amount I should use? Why don’t restaurants offer salt substitutes for people who want to reduc…

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good reacher-grabber tools for seniors with back or hip problems who need help picking things up off the ground? I bought a cheap one a few months ago that doesn’t work very well but would like to find one that does. Bad Back Betty

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023 — You are easygoing, warm and friendly with others. By nature, you’re fun-loving, and you enjoy good times. People enjoy your company. This year is a year of change for you, so stay flexible. Make new friends. Be ready to travel and expand your horizons.

Q. What if you try to use good ex-etiquette when you deal with your ex, but she is just ruthless? I mean, things like tells the kids I don’t care about them, makes up that the kids are sick thinking that is an excuse to keep them with her. She will do anything to keep the kids away — and it’…