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  1. Tell Me About It: He compares his girlfriend to other women

    Relationships

    Q: How does one live happily with a partner without feeling like he/she is settling? I'd love to feel content and stable, but I still find myself comparing my two-year girlfriend to other women I meet. I feel terrible, but it's generally subconscious, and I don't know what to do about it.

  2. How to avoid your ex? It's called 'ghosting'

    Relationships

    It was not long ago that Sean Penn and Charlize Theron were a happy couple: appearing together at fashion shows and film festivals, hugging on the beach. Recently, though, it was reported that Theron had stopped responding to Penn's calls and text messages. She was "ghosting" him.

    What's ghosting?

  3. Keep your kids safe from drowning — train yourself

    Parenting

    Q: My 4-year old twins are crazy about swimming or floating or doing pretty much anything in and around water. On one hand, I'm thrilled. I swam in high school and college, and I'm looking forward to having them follow in my footsteps. On the other, I'm scared. I'm a stay-at-home mom, and there is no way I can …

  4. Tell Me About It: Monetary gifts from relatives have a time limit

    Relationships

    While I'm away, readers give the advice.

    On phasing out monetary gifts for relatives who reach adulthood:

  5. Tell Me About It: Readers give their advice on the past and divorce

    Relationships

    While I'm away, readers give the advice.

    On partners who use your past against you:

  6. Tell Me About It: Readers give advice on wedding conflicts and comments on weight

    Relationships

    While I'm away, readers give the advice.

    On jockeying for wedding dates, venues, baby names:

  7. Yes, I've dated black guys. Why is that a problem?

    Relationships

    It was at an Indian restaurant in Manhattan about 10 years ago when they told me. I was having dinner with a friend from work and two of her friends who'd all met at Howard University. We drank wine and talked about normal, early-20s life stuff — terrible jobs, terrible apartments, terrible dates. Then my friend …

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  8. Tell Me About It: Grandparents hit a nerve with ownership of newborns

    Relationships

    While I'm away, readers give the advice.

    On stepping on parental toes by calling a grandchild "my baby":