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  1. Tell Me About It: Use discretion with long distance romance


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    Q: Do you think it's possible to fall into a relationship without actually seeing the person? I'm in a phone relationship — long distance — but I have never had a conversational connection like I have with him. I am afraid, however, that the physical attraction won't be there if and …

  2. Tell Me About It: Wife uses spouse's honesty against him


    Q: My wife has been telling me as long as we've known each other (around 10 years now) that she wants nothing but openness and honesty from me. So when she asks me personal questions, especially questions that bring up things from my past or that I have deep personal connections to such as sexual attractiveness …

  3. Tell Me About It: Financial questions cause family rift


    Q: My wife and I were asked by family members if, should they die, we would take their kids. We said we wanted to think about it, and after a few days came back to them and said we would, but we first wanted to know a few things, like the details of their life insurance policies, whether they have savings set …

  4. OkCupid or OkStupid? 5 rules for online dating photos

    For better or for worse, we all know that people often judge a book by its cover. Just as there might be an inspiring novel hiding behind a lackluster cover, there might also be a great person hiding behind some less-than-wonderful photos. For that reason alone, it's important to know the 5 rules of thumb for your …

  5. Tell Me About It: Boyfriend's concern may really be control


    Q: I've had difficult relationships with both of my parents (Dad an absentee alcoholic, Mom generally decent but prone to very cruel outbursts during my childhood/teen years). After struggling with this, I've come to accept that I simply don't love them as parents — I wish them the best and bear them no ill …

  6. Tell Me About It: Mom's protection involves censorship


    Q: How do I talk to my neighbor about the inappropriate movies her son is watching and their effect on my son?

  7. Tell Me About It: Topic of only children becomes defensive


    Q: I am an only child. A lot of my friends and family are having kids, and sometimes people will ask if they plan to have more than one. Their response is often, "We don't want an only child."

  8. Tell Me About It: His account of his work day induces sleep


    Q: I work in a pretty specialized government job that, to an outside observer, looks like a lot of charts and gobbledygook. I want to be able to talk about my day with my wife, but whenever I do, I see her eyes glaze over. She swears that she's interested in my work, but she says that when she asks me a …