In last week's post "Sheer at School," I employed my Mom's services (in reality, she did the job without my asking) as Master Advice Giver to help me answer a reader question on whether a sheer or semi-sheer top is appropriate for work (specifically for a high school teacher). Mom was straight-up, no questions about it, 100% against the sheer at school idea, while I was kept open the possibility that certain sheer tops were modest enough to remain in the realm of appropriateness.
Turns out that most of you guys agreed with Mom (after listening to your arguments, I'm softening my stance), and an idea came to me... there are a lot of questions that my Mom could probably answer better than me (not the fashion or beauty or pop culture stuff, but the things that require a little more age and experience). Why not create a regular feature where readers can send in questions for my Mom to answer? Jane Pratt got away with it when she ran her own magazine, so why can't I?
Now you may be asking, "What qualifies your Mom for this? How is her advice better than my Mom's or anyone else's?"
Well, I can't promise that her advice will necessarily be better, but if I were to characterize my Mom's advice-giving capabilities, I'd describe her sympathetic and understanding but definitely not willing to sugarcoat or beat around the bush. There's no B.S. in her house, and she'll tell you exactly what she thinks (but in a very nice way, I promise). She's also taught me just about everything I know about relationships, dealing with people and etiquette, always has a clear head in tough situations, and has the life experience to back up any advice she gives.
Feel free to ask any question, whether or not it relates to a topic I cover on the blog. If we think it'll spark an interesting debate, we'll do our best to answer it and then open it up so other readers can contribute.
Sound good? Bring on the questions!