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Parenting & Relationships

  1. Tell Me About It: Wife is caught between spouse and brother


    Q: A year ago, my brother verbally lashed out at my husband, and my husband followed up a few days later with a long email that basically said my brother needed to get therapy and help with alcohol.

  2. Tell Me About It: Use consequences, directness with a bully


    Q: It escapes me how to point out that someone has just said something bullying. So I just end up taking it and dealing with the emotional turmoil later. How do I head off these situations without causing a scene?


  3. Tell Me About It: Man fears 'affair baby' will ruin his life


    Q: I'm ashamed to admit I made the classic mistake of having a brief, midlife-crisis affair. I love my wife and family and quickly realized I couldn't risk it all for a fling. Before I could end it, though, the woman I was seeing got pregnant.

  4. Tell Me About It: Parents want to tone down their yelling


    Q: We have a rambunctious toddler and newish baby. Both my husband and I are committed to never spank or hurt our kids, but we do yell more than I like us to. We apologize, and try to do better, but the fact remains that we yell, and I hate it.

  5. Tell Me About It: Use tact when dealing with constant advice


    Q: I love my sister-in-law, but she is the queen of unsolicited advice. Any conversation about my work, our house, conflicts with friends, or dealing with our kids, if it includes anything relating to a problem or disappointment — even if I have expressed no hint of being in doubt about what to do, or even …

  6. Tell Me About It: Extended invitations cause family issues


    Q: My wife's family will host get-togethers and her parents will extend invitations to them on others' behalf.

  7. Tell Me About It: Years of ridicule from in-laws has to stop


    Years of ridicule from in-laws has to stop

  8. Tell Me About It: Separation may help wife gain clarity


    Q: My husband wants to separate/divorce because of many issues that we have. He feels they are mostly my fault.