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  1. Tell Me About It: Son's humming not always music to the ear


    Q: My son sings. Or hums. There's usually a song in his head, often from a video game or movie, and he graces us all with his current earworm. It's sweet, because he does it when he's happy, but oh my god it's super-annoying. We sometimes tell him to "regulate the volume," but we can't quite bring …

  2. Tell Me About It: Online dating causes major insecurity


    Q: I had a first date last night with someone I met through a dating site. It seemed to go fine. Then this morning I see that she has removed her profile from the site. Should I take this personally?

    Online First Date

  3. Tell Me About It: Man who left family has unfounded anger


    Q: My husband left me and our then 12-year-old son last March. As he was walking out the door, he informed me he was not "in love" with me anymore.

  4. Tell Me About It: He feels responsible for wife's social life


    Q: I recently got married to my longtime girlfriend.

  5. How to handle or prevent family conflicts at holiday gatherings


    The holidays are supposed to be a time of peace, harmony and happiness. So, what goes wrong every time your family gets together? Someone always ends up with hurt feelings or storms off in an angry huff. You can't broach certain subjects because the conversation always ends with raised voices and harmful things being …

    For many families, holiday gatherings may involve heated arguments. But they don’t have to.
  6. Tell Me About It: She's not dreaming of a smoky Christmas


    Q: I do not smoke nor does my husband. His family smokes. His grandma holds Christmas Eve at her house and his whole family gathers there.

  7. Tell Me About It: Reaction to miscarriage sounds like blame


    Q: I found out that I miscarried earlier this week at a routine office visit. This was quite a shock because we had two ultrasounds before this showing a strong heartbeat and that the baby was growing correctly. While we hadn't announced publicly, we had told family and close friends.

  8. Tell Me About It: He's always disappointed by selfish father


    Q: My father-in-law is as self-centered as they come (possibly a narcissist?). My husband still expects that his encounters will be different — that his father will help when it's requested, show interest or support in our family and needs, or express pride in Husband's accomplishments that don't impact …