Q: I am a mother of five (17, 11, 10, 7, 1) and whenever I take my children anywhere all together people; total strangers, always ask me ‘how old I am’ or ‘are they all mine’. Both of these questions infuriate me, how should I answer?
A: It is understandable that you are insulted . Questions of this nature are both personal and none of those people’s business. Nonetheless, if you are asked these questions again, you might consider responding with something like “Why do you ask?” or with a bit of humor, “As far as I know!” You cannot control the poor etiquette of others but you can control your reaction to it. Your polite actions and levelheadedness will be an example and a reminder for others.