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  1. Tell Me About It: Boyfriend's hypocrisy is cause for outrage

    Relationships

    Q: I have been with my boyfriend for almost a year, and in many ways he is the best guy I've ever been with, but there is one recurring issue we've had. To make a long story short, we work for the same organization but different offices. We met during a three-day work trip and hooked up after spending a night at …

  2. Tell Me About It: Stepmom wages war with political e-mails

    Relationships

    mails

    Q: My father's wife sends several political emails a day to her bcc'd distribution list. I'm on that list. She knows we are not like-minded politically, and I told her I do not discuss politics the first time she brought the subject up.

  3. 'Mama Tribe' creates bonds beyond mommy wars

    Parenting

    The mamas gather together, infants on hip and toddlers underfoot, but this is not a play date.

    hillswhitman032417: Mama Tribe founder Dora Smyka with her son Orion at the park. Photo special to the Times by Danielle Lhotka.
  4. Tell Me About It: Wife debates forgiving cheating husband

    Relationships

    Q: Can you ever really trust a husband who cheated on you? He confessed — I didn't "catch" him — and he'd already ended the affair. He says all the right things, blocked the other woman's numbers, called her in front of me to tell her he made a horrible mistake and wouldn't respond to any contact from …

  5. Tell Me About It: Emotionally abused friend needs support

    Relationships

    Q: My best friend is getting married in about five months to her boyfriend of six years, a very manipulative and emotionally abusive man. I've tried to talk to her multiple times, but I just don't think I've done it in the right way because she always defends him and says I don't understand and it's not that bad. …

  6. Tell Me About It: Mentally ill sister is in a downward spiral

    Relationships

    Q: My adult sister, 3,000 miles away, has been diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder. She hears voices that constantly harass her, and believes they belong to a former boss and/or the mafia. She was in counseling and on medication for a while, but didn't like the side effects.

  7. Tell Me About It: Friends struggle to reach lost member

    Relationships

    Q: We have a friend, "Allen," who has recently lost touch with us and who we believe is being manipulated and emotionally abused by his significant other. Over the course of their relationship, his now-wife has joined herself to Allen's hip in that he can't make plans with others that don't include her; occupies …

  8. Tell Me About It: Sister may be choosing wrong time to bond

    Relationships

    Q: Please help me. My older sister and family go to the beach yearly for a week and stay together in a condo. In recent years, I have rented nearby at the same time to see my family.