Parenting & Relationships

  1. Tell Me About It: Whether to snub stepmom is up to son

    Relationships

    Q: My ex-husband is divorcing his second wife and moving on to his new girlfriend. This year, our son graduates from high school and a graduation party will be held at my house. I planned to invite my son's stepmom, who is really the one who took care of my son during the court-ordered time he was away …

  2. Tell Me About It: Learn to appreciate 'all there is' in your life

    Relationships

    Q: I'm in my mid-40s and I guess finally having my midlife crisis. After watching my friend's husband die of brain cancer at 52, and a co-worker drop dead of a heart attack at 53, I'm acutely aware that life can change in an instant. I am happily married and have a young daughter, but seem to be wondering, …

  3. Tell Me About It: Wallowing for a while over ex's impending wedding is okay

    Relationships

    Q: Feeling super lousy because my ex, the one I adored so much that I waited around for two years AFTER he said he wasn't sure if he ever wanted to get married, is marrying someone else this weekend (thanks, Facebook!). I know the best plan is to distract myself, but any distraction would feel like a poor …

  4. From This Day: Couple rooted in Florida connect across the pond

    Relationships

    With nearly 50,000 students, the University of Florida has enrollment equivalent to the population of a decent-sized city. And as undergraduates in Gainesville, Lauren Davis and John Dicks had never met.

    John Larry Dicks II and Lauren Brittany Davis, who were wed April 26 in Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church in Tampa, pose with their dog, Mel, a golden retriever-German shepherd mix.
  5. Tell Me About It: Child's name change sparks many emotions

    Relationships

    What's in a name change? Variety of motivations, emotions

  6. Tell Me About It: Don't cross boundaries when in a committed relationship

    Relationships

    Q: I'm a 27-year-old male in my first serious relationship since college. As a rule of thumb, how much do I need to scale back my friendships with women out of respect for my new girlfriend? She has never openly expressed jealousy, but I can tell she does not always feel comfortable with the way I …

  7. Tell Me About It:

    Relationships

    Q: Yesterday, I was putting my son down for a nap in my in-laws' guest room. Through the magic of their HVAC system, I could hear my mother- and sister-in-law tearing me apart — everything from my shyness (they think I'm cold) to the value of my work ("I can't believe people get paid for that!") to …

  8. Tell Me About It: Child rearing and wedding gifts

    Relationships

    Q: My husband and I made this decision five years ago. I work at home — toddler and baby in day care — and it is tough to be isolated in a community where we haven't had the time or opportunity to establish bonds. It has strained our marriage, and we're having to seriously re-evaluate if …