DEAR HARRIETTE: I have a large family of eight. I pay for a Netflix account that only permits two people on at the same time. There are simply too many people on this account, so I can barely watch it. A few of my children are independent adults, but they still mooch off of my subscription. How do I tell them to cut it out? I pay the bill. I should be able to watch whenever I want! -- Stealing the Subscription, Jackson, Mississippi
DEAR STEALING THE SUBSCRIPTION: Start by changing your password so that your independent children who are not living with you do not have access to your account. You can also tell them to stop trying to use it. They know how large your family is. You have to put your foot down about who uses the account. Next, talk to your other family members about times when they can use it or not. Because you have to manage usage on Netflix, this clearly requires that you take the reins.
If your family is unwilling to follow the rules that you put in place, you may want to cancel your subscription for a while. You could also create a rewards system where good grades or other good behavior allows extra time to watch a show. Get creative.