Dear Abby: Clerk questions if she should report potential child abuse

Dear Abby: I’m a 20-year-old college student and have had a job at the same retail store for two years. A few weeks ago, a mother walked in holding a baby that appeared to be about 6 months old. The first thing I noticed was that he had numerous bruises. There were pronounced bruises under both eyes, another large one on his temple, and several more visible on his arms and legs.

This mother seemed attentive to her baby, and I saw nothing in her behavior to make me think her child was in any danger. I didn’t say anything, but I keep wondering if I should have called the police or informed my manager.

I’ve been telling myself that there may have been an innocent explanation for the child’s injuries, but I don’t know if I screwed up. Any advice on what I should have done/should do in the future would be appreciated. – Second Thoughts in Kansas

Dear Second Thoughts: Because you were unsure about what to do, you should have written down the woman’s license number, if possible, and alerted the store manager so the matter could be handled according to store policy.

However, if no policy is in place, you could have contacted Childhelp.org for guidance. Childhelp.org has a national toll-free hotline: 800-422-4453.

Dear Abby: What is the protocol for divorced parents paying for the rehearsal dinner for their son who is getting married? My ex-wife expects me to pay for a significantly bigger portion of the expenses, yet at the time of our divorce she insisted on splitting the assets 50/50.

My opinion is that because we are equal in the parenting, we should divide the expenses 50/50. We are both employed and have good incomes. We are both remarried and our spouses work. What’s your take on this, Abby? – Right Down the Middle

Dear Down the Middle: The parents of the groom traditionally bear the cost of the rehearsal dinner. Because you and your son’s mother are divorced, she should pay for half – unless there is such a disparity in your incomes that it would cause her financial stress.

If your ex needs “credit,” then by all means discuss it with her.

This is a time to put aside old grievances and celebrate, if only for the sake of your son.