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  1. Tell Me About It: Roommate's boyfriend could be abusive

    Relationships

    Q: My daughter is in college and lives with two other roommates. She and another want to push the third one out. From what she tells me, they hate the other girl's boyfriend because he apparently treats the girl awfully and makes her cry all the time. They are tired of telling her to dump him only to see him …

  2. Tell Me About It: Host hesitates to invite sober man to party

    Relationships

    Q: I'm throwing a large party this weekend and know there will be a lot of drinking. I haven't invited my sister and her new husband because he is a recovering alcoholic. Is this the right decision to shield them from a party they may not feel comfortable at, or should I invite them and let them decide? …

  3. Tell Me About It: Dad stressed by parenting needs some help

    Relationships

    Q: My husband and I are fortunate and have great maternity/paternity leave, which we're splitting. Right now, it's his shift and he's at home with our 7-month-old and preschooler.

  4. Tell Me About It: Spouse feels entitled to total veto power

    Relationships

    Q: My husband agreed to have children even though he didn't really want them. He did not make any conditions, and I would not have granted any. We have two.

  5. Tell Me About It: Grieving daughter misses distant dad

    Relationships

    Q: After many years of being single, my dad is getting married soon to a woman he loves very much. She has two daughters, younger than my brother and me, and my dad has gotten very close with them, which is overall good for him and for them.

  6. Tell Me About It: Dad's contempt for ex affects son's trust

    Relationships

    Q: My ex-wife and I divorced shortly after the birth of our son. I got really screwed in the divorce, something I do not hide. My son just introduced me to his serious girlfriend and, wow, does she remind me of my ex — similar mannerisms, ideals, and general outlook on life.

  7. Tell Me About It: Set firm boundaries with pushy parents

    Relationships

    Q: Today my parents informed me (not asking) that they're coming to town for a month when my second baby is born, renting a place nearby as we have no room in our city apartment. I said, "Honestly, that's a little long, two or three weeks would be better," and they, mostly my mom, got totally huffy and said a …

  8. Tell Me About It: Mom's prenup has brother all worked up

    Relationships

    My mom is getting remarried soon. My brother recently asked Mom offhandedly if they were doing a prenup, and she surprised him by saying they were and that it would keep their finances totally separate, including any inheritance.