A bicycle built for two?

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Dear Hillary,

My son wants a bicycle.  He’s eight, so there’s nothing wrong with that.  The problem is that he stays in a shophouse with his mother, so there’s no place for him to ride it, other than on the road and it is on a very busy street.  His mother says she’ll take him to the park each day, but I can’t see that lasting.  I have already said I do not agree with this bike buying.  Should I turn my back on this latest request and my son think of me as being mean, or just go with the flow?

Josh

Dear Josh,

Quite a predicament you have there, Petal.  If the mother (who I suspect you are not living with) will take him to the park at least three times a week, I think that is the best answer.  Tell her to stock up on plasters.

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