Parenting & Relationships

  1. Tell Me About It: There are plenty of things to share in with son

    Relationships

    Q: My only son is 8 and is all boy — he's into loud noises, sports and being outdoors, and has no interest in unnecessary chitchat. I wouldn't trade him for the world, but sometimes I can't believe he came from me: talker, analyzer, world-class shopper, and above all an indoor girl.

  2. Tell Me About It: Ignore sister — for now — but address problem

    Relationships

    Q: A relative is hosting a surprise event. My sister lives out of state but is going to drive here for the party. When she comes to visit, she always stays with me.

  3. Tell Me About It: Tell parents about your divorce but don't justify it to them

    Relationships

    Q: I'm going home this weekend to tell my parents that my 2 ½-year "happy" marriage is ending in divorce, and I'm so anxious! We are a close family, but I kept a lot of my unhappiness secret from them. They saw the happy, young couple, not the couple that bickered and argued and held grudges.

  4. Tell Me About It: Mother-in-law attempts to grab spotlight

    Relationships

    Q: I'm due with baby No. 3, and we picked a name after the place my husband and I fell in love. My mother-in-law told my husband we couldn't name our daughter that because she hates the name. She later told my husband that if we named our baby something she didn't like, she wouldn't call her by it. She'd …

  5. From This Day: Mom's dress, Gran's spirit, one happy couple

    Relationships

    TARPON SPRINGS — Even before they met in person, Stephanie Collins already thought Greg Becker was an unusually patient man.

    Collins family photo Amy Collins was married in the wedding dress long before her daughter Stephanie Collins Becker.
  6. Tell Me About It:

    Relationships

    Q: My spouse wants a divorce. I had a gay affair. I was pushing for us to work past this. We both love each other, but I guess emotional love isn't enough.

  7. Tell Me About It: It's your wedding, but don't push Mom away

    Relationships

    in the wedding, don't push away

    Q: We're planning our wedding and my fiancee's mother is making life miserable. My fiancee and I are paying for it. We live in Washington, D.C., where the wedding will be; her mom lives in California. Her mom keeps suggesting that we're doing things wrong, and that she's not …

  8. Tell Me About It: If fondness is growing in new relationship, don't worry about swoon factor

    Relationships

    Q: I am female, unmarried, and in my late 30s (I know, kiss of death). From the ages of 32-36, I was never asked on a date, presumably because I am overweight and not conventionally attractive.