DEAR HARRIETTE: My son is away at sleepaway camp, and my husband and I miss him terribly. We know he is fine, but we long to see pictures of him. His camp posts photos on a private Facebook page, and every day I go to the page to find my son, but I have seen him only once in five days. I don't want to be the parents who complain incessantly on the page when they don't see their children and demand to have them post pictures. How can I get my message across without seeming like a crazy parent? -- Missing My Boy, Denver
DEAR MISSING MY BOY: Why not send a direct message to the camp head via his Facebook page? When you use that feature, the message goes to that person directly, without being broadcast to the other parents who are commenting on the page.
Take a deep breath and be calm before you start writing. Let the camp head know how much you miss your son; state his name and cabin name -- if you know it -- and ask if he would have someone look for your son and post a picture as soon as they find him. Thank him and express how grateful you will be to see your son's shining face. Kindness and discretion may help you to see your son soon!