Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Parenting & Relationships

Tell Me About It: While he finds his passion, sheís working overtime

"Ken" and I have been married five years, together nine. Ken is an amazing person; heís upbeat, handsome, charming, and thoughtful, but canít seem to stick to a job. He has a masterís in a high-paying technical field that cost his parents a fortune, ...
Published: 10/12/18

Tell Me About It: Friendís fed up with her constant complaining

Q: Iím tearing my hair out over a friend whose life is demonstrably easier than mine in many ways, but who never stops complaining: She doesnít have enough money (her household income is 50 percent larger than mine). She doesnít have enough time (her...
Published: 10/11/18

Tell Me About It: Brother wants feedback on buzzkill girlfriend

Q: My brother wants to know what I think about his girlfriend. I donít like her. It isnít an actionable dislike ó she isnít controlling, criminal or abusive óbut I find her boring and, worse, a boredom missionary. No hobbies, doesnít watch any TV sho...
Published: 10/10/18

Tell Me About It: Girlfriendís plans for labor donít include him

Q: So, Iím a guy with a serious girlfriend. No children, but itís been talked about ó after marriage, which has also been talked about. Mid-30s.And my girlfriend told me her preference is to have her mom in the delivery room with me when the time com...
Published: 10/09/18

Tell Me About It: A shared activity could be the way to draw son out

A shared activity could be the way to draw son outQ: Our 16-year-old son has always been taciturn ó now he barely speaks to me. Our interactions have degenerated into me nagging him about his grades, chores and activities. He doesnít appear to be dep...
Published: 10/08/18

Tell Me About It: Mom-to-be made to feel guilty about pregnancy

Q: My husband and I are expecting our first child in January. We are thrilled about this and are excited to be parents.I am struggling because I have a sister seven years older who cannot have children. Whenever I get excited about the upcoming birth...
Published: 10/07/18

Tell Me About It: Family wants to bring up unhappy memories

Q: I had a fairly unhappy childhood, thanks to issues in our family involving mental illness and emotional abuse. Iíve been to counseling and now have what I would describe as an OK relationship with my siblings and parents. I donít anticipate us eve...
Updated one month ago

Tell Me About It: Momís claim of being Ďrealí grandma hurts the family

Q: My wife is expecting our first child. My parents are divorced and both remarried; her mom died when my wife was a teenager and her dad remarried. Our policy is that all our parents and stepparents are "Grandma" and "Grandpa" regardless of step-sta...
Updated one month ago

Tell Me About It: College student misses the high school friend group

Q: I graduated high school with a close-knit group of friends who were all going to different colleges. We tried to be realistic about being separated and busy in the coming year, but were going to stay friends despite it.During my freshman year, I o...
Updated one month ago

Tell Me About It: Dad sees birthday party as a ploy to get presents

Q: Our daughterís classmate has a July birthday. Her parents always organize a birthday party for her shortly after school is in session, when all of her friends are around. The invitations never state to not bring a gift.My take is that this is noth...
Updated one month ago