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It’s time again for Amelia Hamilton to answer your most pressing questions on rude teens, breakfast foods, and the NHL.
Dear Amelia: There’s a baby playground behind the local high school. Potty-mouthed high schoolers are always there. Can I tell them to watch their language and, if so, how do I do it without sounding old? @BethanyShondark
Assuming you’ve tried dirty looks to no avail, it is time to escalate the situation. But, in the interest of catching more flies with honey, just ask nicely. Maybe even bring them cookies, and ask them to watch their language when they’re around kids at the park. You will probably sound old, so don’t let that matter. The cookies will reinforce your image as a nice mom at the park, and help to sweeten them up (literally). If they’re not horrible people, they will respect that you asked them nicely and treated them like human beings instead of the wastrels they clearly are. If they’re a bunch of jerks, it won’t work at all, and you’ll have to find a new park, but I have faith in your cookies and the goodness of others.
How do I cope with the feeling of dread thinking Mike Babcock might leave the Detroit Red Wings?
I, too, once shared that feeling of dread, but I’m over it. All I can tell you is what worked for me. Babcock has been with us a long time, and through an incredible playoff streak, but the fact of the matter is that we haven’t actually won one since 2008. We haven’t even been division champs since 2010. We gave Tampa a run for their money this year, but we didn’t make it out of the first round. I’m ready for some fresh coaching, and I’m sure he’s ready for a fresh team. Let’s mix things up!
If you were a brand of cereal, which one would you be?
Dear Popehat Team:
For this, the most important question ever posed to Ask Amelia, I had to get the advice of she who knows me best: my mama. She told me “You would be Honey Nut Cheerios, because you are sweet, nutty, and wholesome.”
Thanks, mama. Wishing a Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers out there!
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