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August 25

Another baby sleep question -- co-sleeping baby to shared room?

Our six month old gorgeous baby now sleeps with us -- I'd like her to be able to sleep on her own, in a crib, without the Merlin sleep suit, through the night, and gulp, in the same room as our toddler. Hope me? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe at 1:32 AM - 5 answers

August 24

Examples of butch women, happily partnered to men

Do you have examples (IRL or otherwise) of masculine-leaning women who are romantically partnered with men? [more inside]
posted by btfreek at 6:28 PM - 47 answers

Another should I ask her out question

There's a woman at work I've been thinking of asking out. I just saw her profile on a dating site. How to ask her out? [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri at 6:21 PM - 12 answers

I'm in a poly relationship with someone whose partner I loathe

Is it possible to maintain a polyamorous relationship where my partner's other partner is someone I despise? I am very much in love with someone who is married to a person I have met, talked with, and entirely hate. Do metamours typically get along? Should they in order for a relationship to be healthy? [more inside]
posted by seiryuu at 3:28 PM - 27 answers

At 21, should I still continue to rely on "luck" to find a boyfriend?

I am 21 and I have never had a boyfriend. I've gotten to the point where I stare at other couples and start feeling depressed/sad. I do not really like the idea of online dating. I feel like anyone could easily find a significant other using a dating app and plus, you never know if you will get along with the person when you actually meet them. I am really shy ( I do not know if that is part of the reason why I have trouble finding someone to like me) and do not have any guy friends. I currently reside in Richmond, VA. [more inside]
posted by ionable at 2:59 PM - 21 answers

Self help book recommendations on self love & personal stories of growth

Presently, I am going through one of the toughest times I have ever experienced: horrible heartbreak, and the loss of what was once my family and life. I am seeking recommendations on self help books possibly in the realm of self love, or learning to cope with loss and not blame yourself, not worrying, or getting out of your own head. What may be of more help is hearing other women (or mens) "survival," or that it DOES get better. [more inside]
posted by MamaBee223 at 8:52 AM - 12 answers

August 23

I want to move. I don't know if I can. How do I deal?

I’m a tenured academic, and my once-pretty-great job is now… pretty not-great. But lots of factors mean that even in the best case, I’ll be here for a while, maybe a long while. How do I find a new position? How do I deal emotionally with the possibility that I won't, at least not soon? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:16 PM - 18 answers

Is this friendship worth saving? Midlife edition.

I have a good friend who I met at work (same company, different division), and we have known each other a few years. In our last interaction, she behaved in a way which has put me right off and I'm trying to decide if I am being reasonable or not. [more inside]
posted by frumiousb at 6:31 PM - 30 answers

Starting a relationship with someone who has an unresolved crush

You know those connections where you mutually fall for a platonic friend, but you're just never single at the same time? What if it's your new dating partner who has that situation? Would you be comfortable with that? Do people actually get over their old "what if" flames? Are they happy with the people they're with when they get with someone who is not the old flame? [more inside]
posted by mousesinger at 2:02 PM - 38 answers

Please don't drink in our home.

My husband and I prefer that alcohol not be brought into our home. How do we politely tell my in-laws this? [more inside]
posted by galaxypeachtea at 11:31 AM - 53 answers

Please help me reach out to my niece and nephews

My brother and his wife are divorcing. While I think that's probably for the best, the way they are going about it is not good. I would like to send my niece (12) and nephews (9 and 6) a letter or small something to let them know that they are loved. But I'm terrible at this sort of thing. What should I send? What should I say? [more inside]
posted by banjonaut at 5:33 AM - 16 answers

I need to break up with a friend. How? What to say (or not say)?

I'm reluctantly coming to the realization that I feel uncomfortable with a longterm friendship. Due to how frequently we spend time together, I don't feel slow-fading is an option (although I'm happy to be proven wrong). How do I approach this? Should I state my reasons for wanting to end the friendship? Is it even reasonable or kind to do so? [more inside]
posted by Sudo at 4:47 AM - 25 answers

Splitting rent and avoiding resentment

We want to live together; our budgets are different by 50-100%. Right now I just want to cover the difference and get us into a place we love--but will I regret it later? Snowflake details inside [more inside]
posted by ista at 1:30 AM - 30 answers

August 22

Near, far, wherever you are: parental proximity

Geographic distance from my parents will not be the only factor I'll weigh when deciding where next to live, but it will be one of them. How might distance affect my relationship with my parents? How has it, in your own experience? What changes as I zoom out from living in the same city, to the same metro area, or to merely the same coast? [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit at 10:04 PM - 18 answers

Why can't I get over my bad ex-boss?

It's been almost two months since I left a place of employment which had become very bad for me. I still can't get over it. Why am I so stuck on this? [more inside]
posted by ficbot at 5:40 PM - 18 answers

How do we handle an org member who can't enforce event rules?

Bob was banned from all our events by the organization I founded and help run, but then recently showed up at one of our events. When confronted by myself, another org member (Jenny), and the event space host, Bob immediately tried arguing with us and appealing to Jenny because "we're friends" and "I emailed [Jenny] about it." Jenny said she didn't like drama, told him it was a misunderstanding and that he wasn't really banned. How do we as an org handle the fallout from this? Full story inside, names changed to preserve anonymity. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:43 PM - 30 answers

What to do about insecure friend

My friend thinks several of our mutual friends hate her. This is not true, but she is convinced that it is. She has taken to lashing out at me if I spend time with any of these people without her. [more inside]
posted by crunchy_cereals at 12:39 PM - 30 answers

Friendship woes: nothing ever changes, do I stay his friend?

Do I try to keep this friendship, or do I jump ship? [more inside]
posted by bologna on wry at 11:07 AM - 28 answers

To meet or not to meet? (Broken relationship edition)

I have a very ugly, troubled relationship history with "Carol." Recently she quite unexpectedly asked to meet for lunch. I do not know what to do. [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 5:13 AM - 60 answers

August 21

Gift ideas for an elderly couple from Syria

What can I send as a welcome gift to an older couple who are moving from Syria to the United States? [more inside]
posted by honeybee413 at 7:12 PM - 10 answers

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