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  1. Tell Me About It: Big sis feels insecure about stepmom's love


    Q: My husband and I will welcome our first child together in October. He also has two daughters: a 10-year-old from a past relationship, who visits often but does not live with us; and a 3-year-old from his previous marriage, who is with us half the time. The 10-year-old really likes me, and I feel the same way …

  2. Tell Me About It: Pregnant roomie's demands cross the line


    Q: My roommate is pregnant. She will continue being my roommate for the duration of the pregnancy as her significant other — my brother — has not finished renovating their new house. This is fine.

  3. Tell Me About It: His refusal to compromise is the real issue


    Q: My boyfriend loves to sleep with the window open because he likes the cool, fresh air. The problem is I have arthritis, and the cold from leaving the window open causes pain to my joints, sometimes to the point of waking me up in the middle of the night. I have tried bringing this up but the issue is dismissed …

  4. Tell Me About It: Friends harp on couple's age difference


    Q: I'm 46, dating a man who's 14 years older than I am. We were friends for years and years, when we were both married, and always liked each other enormously. He got divorced, and then later I did, and an affectionate friendship deepened until it was love. Which is great! And we're happy! And we're good for each …

  5. Tell Me About It: Potential lover deserves up-front honesty


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    Q: For almost a decade now, I have been close friends with an incredibly kind, compassionate, sweet, and altogether special man. We have been spending a great deal of time together, and I am beginning to envision a romantic future with him. He has alluded several times to wanting to take our …

  6. Tell Me About It: Couple disagrees about his drinking


    Q: My girlfriend and I recently got into an argument about how much is appropriate to drink at a social occasion (I'm okay with drinking more, though she's certainly not a teetotaler). I'm fine with having different standards, and negotiating situations as a couple, but I get the sense she is judging me — …

  7. Tell Me About It: Boyfriend chooses ballgame over wedding


    Q: I am a bridesmaid in my cousin's wedding on July 4. Because of the date, save-the-date cards were mailed out a year and half in advance. My boyfriend has known about the wedding since the card was received.

  8. Tell Me About It: Mom-to-be wants a co-ed baby shower


    Q: My husband and I are expecting our first child. My mother insists on hosting a baby shower (despite my discomfort at having a family member host). I told mom that I wanted it to be co-ed — I don't see why men should be excluded from the celebration of new life.