Parenting & Relationships

  1. 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 …

  2. 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 …

  3. Tell Me About It: If you want companionship — not games — drop him

    Relationships

    Q: A guy I dated for about three months ended things because I didn't let him "pursue" me enough. (Read: I got too invested too quickly and started contacting him more than he was comfortable with). He said he cared about me very much but that he wanted to feel that the person he was with was a bit "hard …

  4. For brides, it's all in the details

    Relationships

    This season's nuptial fashions fall on opposite sides of the aisle: ethereally sweet and rustic chic, or softly structured and urbane.

    A model wears a bead-embellished wedding gown from Lebanese fashion designer Zuhair Murad’s fall-winter 2014-15 Haute Couture fashion collection in Paris recently.
  5. Tell Me About It: Resist pressure to try to fit in

    Relationships

    you're already part of the family

    Q: My husband's family likes to play games, like pingpong, bean-bag toss or cards. I am not a real fan of games, I get incredibly self-conscious and I am not very good at most of them. Several of his family members are very competitive and the pressure to play well doesn't …

  6. Tell Me About It:

    Relationships

    Son's dislike of brother's girlfriend shouldn't determine invitations

  7. Tell Me About It: Single and happy? Absolutely!

    Relationships

    despite what friend thinks

    Q: I have been single for a long time. I haven't even been on a date in a long time. Recently, I was talking with an old friend who suggested I get out more. I replied that I'm perfectly happy with the way things are … and I feel that's true. My friend looked skeptical and …

  8. ADVICE: College relationships and group dynamics

    Life

    Dear Prudence,

    Q: A good friend, "Liz" and I went to the same college, where we developed a close-knit group of friends. Liz and our friend "Greg" drunkenly hooked up freshman year, and Liz developed a bit of an infatuation, though Greg did not return those feelings. Now we're all juniors and Liz is …

    Emily Yoffe