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Parenting & Relationships

  1. Tell Me About It: Boyfriend's commitment ideas are skewed


    Q: What if you're in a relationship and you're not pressuring for a commitment like moving in, engagement, marriage . . . but the other person thinks you are? In other words, I'm totally fine with just having a boyfriend for the foreseeable future, but he keeps insisting he knows better than I do what I …

  2. Tell Me About It: Parents' support isn't about the money


    Q: I have this overwhelming anger or jealousy toward my younger brother because of how "easily" his life seems to come for him. One example, I paid for community college on my own, and when I decided to go to a university, my parents co-signed for a semester but said I needed to figure it out after that. I could …

  3. Tell Me About It: She finds best friend's fiance unbearable


    Q: My best friend is planning her wedding, in which I've been asked to be the maid of honor. As much as I want to be supportive and so happy for her, I just can't muster it, as I find her fiance to be an obnoxious, self-absorbed, and manipulative. The wedding party (his groomsmen included) have taken to calling …

  4. Ikea, a tipped-over dresser and a toddler's tragic death (w/video)

    Human Interest

    Curren Collas was just a toddler — silly and quick to smile, with a silky blond mop that swept sideways across his forehead in the style of a teenage pop star.

    Curren Collas was 2 when an Ikea dresser tipped over onto him in his room.
  5. Tell Me About It: Frugal family searches for a social life


    Q: My husband and I are very financially constrained, partly by choice (we want someone home with the kids). In order to make this work, we are super frugal and have had at least one financial-adviser type look at us quizzically and ask how we live on so little money.

  6. Tell Me About It: Boyfriend wants in on 'alone time'


    Q: How do I help my newish boyfriend come to terms with the fact that when I say I need regular alone time, I do not mean "except for you"? When it comes to my wanting time away from my close-knit family and large group of friends, he totally gets it — he is also fairly introverted, and takes plenty of time …

  7. Tell Me About It: Husband's unwanted touches are an issue


    Q: My fiance likes to touch me in certain ways that I'm not a big fan of. Nothing super-intrusive; more like where the hands go when we spoon. He says it makes him feel bonded and close to me. And I get that.

  8. Tell Me About It: Twin's dating life is too close for comfort


    Q: I married the man of my dreams, only to return from our honeymoon to find that my twin sister has been secretly sleeping with my now brother-in-law. Problems have since arisen.