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January 18

Suddenly dumped by a friend--how to move on

Yesterday, a friend explicitly dumped me. It was completely out of the blue, and not over something I'd ever expect to end a friendship. While I can accept losing her, the hard thing is worrying that all of my other friendships are constantly at risk. What's helped you in situations like this? [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe at 11:18 AM - 24 answers

How to take a baby to a professional meeting without it ending in tears?

Tomorrow night I need to go to a professional association meeting and I have to bring my 2.5 month old. The meeting is 2 hours long. Any tips for making this go as smooth as possible? [more inside]
posted by kendrak at 10:54 AM - 18 answers

Should I stay or should I go?

I am at a crossroad in my life, and don't know what to do. Ive been thinking about moving, but depression has been making me second guess myself. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:50 AM - 7 answers

January 17

How to reject a gift (bribe?)?

I just got a very personal gift(TM) from someone in my company. This kinda feels like a bribe, because she's always asking for work favours. I want to not accept it, but nicely. [more inside]
posted by milque at 8:49 PM - 22 answers

Did I make the right decision to breakup?

Ended things with someone. Wondering if I made the right choice. [more inside]
posted by treetop89 at 10:09 AM - 20 answers

Should I try online dating because I have not met any men being social?

I am 21 and I am going to graduate college soon. I have never had a boyfriend or been asked out before. I am in shape (5'5 and weigh 125 pounds). I feel like guys are not interested in me even when I do try to be social. Should I actually try online dating because I have not met any men being social? [more inside]
posted by ionable at 8:05 AM - 23 answers

How do I move past being an unsuspecting & unwilling wing woman?

I just learned that some people I consider friends only befriended me in order to pursue my best friend romantically. Where do I go from here? A veritable flurry inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:49 AM - 22 answers

He seems very attracted to me but is unable to maintain his erection

I have been dating my boyfriend for a few months now. Since the first time we had sex, he kept losing his erection. I thought it was just nerves but things never got better. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:49 AM - 16 answers

January 16

Easing a difficult childcare transition: help!

My family has been using the au pair program with great success for three years, since a little after my son Adam was born. We are currently in the midst of the transition to our third au pair, and Adam is not having it. Do you have any strategies to help with this? [more inside]
posted by emkelley at 2:17 PM - 19 answers

Ethics of workplace disclosure of medical condition

My sister was recently diagnosed with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), with several open lesions. She is NOT planning to disclose this at work, but the nature of her job requires frequent contact with a vulnerable population. Is there something I need to do? [more inside]
posted by easy, lucky, free at 8:29 AM - 39 answers

January 15

Having friends is making me anxious

I had social anxiety for a long time which meant I didn't really make any new close friends for the better part of a decade. I started a Master's course last year where I formed some real friendships, pretty much for the first time since secondary school. Now I can't stop convincing myself that my new friends don't like me anymore. [more inside]
posted by Chenko at 4:36 PM - 11 answers

Should I move across the country?

I haven't felt like I fit in the area I grew up in—so I moved an hour away and have been living here for two years. I'm not happy here. Should I make a drastic change and move across the country? [more inside]
posted by AlexandriaParis at 12:58 PM - 17 answers

Seeking therapist in the U.S. to treat Boarding School Syndrome

In the UK, a number of therapists recognize and treat Boarding School Syndrome, a cluster of mental health problems associated with having been sent to boarding school. Does anyone know of any therapists on this side of the Atlantic who practice in this area? [more inside]
posted by A. Davey at 11:19 AM - 9 answers

Thermostat Question

Spousal difference regarding thermostat. I run cold, wife runs hot. Her argument is that you can always layer. Fair enough, but I find myself needing to pile on sweaters in the middle of summer. Our two kids (5 & 8) are also usually cold inside the house. The thermostat is usually set to 65 degrees. Does 65 degrees year round seem unusually cold in the context of human beings living in a climate controlled house? Household thermometer is currently 62.5 (located in a different room that thermostat).
posted by leotrotsky at 8:10 AM - 98 answers

January 14

Need pragmatic advice for a friend who is suffering spousal abuse

A friend (let's call her Sarah - not her real name) confided in my wife late today that her husband Bob (again not real name) has been physically abusive to both her and her four year child multiple times. Sarah has asked my wife to help - not just to be a friend to talk to - but basically a lot of pragmatic - "so what do I do now, how do I change my phone password, should I leave?" type questions. Wanted to check if any of the below is bad advice or should be added to (lots more inside...) [more inside]
posted by inflatablekiwi at 10:48 PM - 14 answers

January 13

Please tell me what a funeral viewing entails and how to do it.

My half sister has just died at the age of 22 and leaves behind a two month old son. Her funeral is on Wednesday and will be a viewing (per her mother's wishes) followed by private memorial service at someone's house. Please tell me what people do at a viewing so that I can plan it. [more inside]
posted by mireille at 6:21 PM - 22 answers

NPD FIL's birthday dinner - shutting down pessimism

My FIL's birthday is this weekend. He and my MIL are fiercely codependent and they have really isolated themselves. I was really surprised to hear that MIL is hosting a birthday dinner and inviting other people! FIL is a grump and he puts people on edge, but if there is a chance of them opening up their social circle (and consequently putting less pressure on my husband and me), I will move mountains to help them be successful. I'd like to use my powers for good. Help me help them. [more inside]
posted by Bistyfrass at 1:38 PM - 10 answers

how to ask someone if they're expecting to host you

My husband and I are going to see his cousin Karen and her family for a weekend. How do I ask non-awkwardly if Karen is expecting to host us in her house or if we should find our own Airbnb place? Somehow that never got clarified. [more inside]
posted by colfax at 1:21 PM - 20 answers

Dealing with husband's ex wife's request

My husband's ex wife is incredibly high conflict. I do not personally have any interaction with her at all due to her ongoing abuse and stalking behavior. We share children with her so she continues to be in our lives. She just sent me a friendly email asking for the recipe for a food that my stepson likes. Should I ignore or give her what she's asking for? [more inside]
posted by LittleMissCranky at 9:03 AM - 56 answers

How to overcome weakness in non-verbal communication

I’m bad at picking up on non-verbal, non-literal communication, and my own non-verbal expression isn’t accurate either. I’d like to stop causing problems due to these weaknesses, either by improving them or by compensating for my lack of ability. [more inside]
posted by daisyace at 5:21 AM - 11 answers

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