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    Q: I have two kids. They live with me half the time and with their mother half the time. I have read your books, and although it sounds good to get along with your ex, personally, I just don't think it's normal. When you break up, you break up. You're not supposed to get along with an ex. Kids or not.

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        .DEAR ABBY: I was adopted at 6 weeks old. My parents adopted my sister two years later. They weren't very good parents — not abusive, but with no understanding of how to treat children. Ten years later they had a biological son, who became the center of their world, and I was pretty much lef…

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