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It’s nice to see that Katie’s newfound understanding of high finance seems to include some “props” for her “ ’rents.” In fact, she’s been so grateful lately, I may just throw in a roll of duct tape — no charge.

Columnist Marybeth Hicks, a wife of 20 years and mother of four children, lives in the Midwest. She is the author of “The Perfect World Inside My Minivan One Mom’s Journey Through the Streets of Suburbia,” a compilation of her columns. She uses her column to share her perspective on issues and experiences that shape families nationwide. Visit her Web site (www.mary bethhicks.com) or send e-mail to marybeth.hicks@ comcast.net.

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