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August 1

How to unindoctrinate an indoctrinated child?
I know this is heavy stuff, but my seven year old daughter has lived with her very dogmatic grandparents within a very dogmatic culture for the past two years or so. She tried to evangelize me tonight and now I see the extent of the damage that's been done to her young mind. [more inside]
posted by Cybria at 3:15 PM - 17 answers
What's the etiquette? Single woman/married man platonic friendship.
I am still figuring out these dynamics and could use some guidelines. How do you establish a purely platonic relationship with those of the opposite sex? [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand at 2:43 PM - 34 answers

how is babby supported
I want to have a child, but I don't think it would work with my schedule and financial situation. My inability to solve this problem is affecting my daily moods and creating a negative outlook on life. [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen at 8:22 AM - 24 answers

Should I let ex stay at my home so he can visit the children?
My children haven't seen their father since his move to a distant continent last year, following our acrimonious divorce. He is coming to visit soon and expects to stay with us. I am of two minds whether to welcome him into my home. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:23 AM - 40 answers

Need Help with Thank You Card wording
What's a sensitive Thank You card wording for the surviving widow of one of my friends? She sent us a gift for our recent wedding even after he passed away (and subsequently I did not invite her alone, but had sent a Save-the-Date when he was alive). I'm probably over thinking this but I don't want to trigger anything emotional. I don't really know her. I want to show incredible gratitude while acknowledging her loss. This is something I have not dealt with fortunately in other instances. [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 7:02 AM - 5 answers

Disclosure vs. anxiety
I'm nearing the end of police academy for the largest police department in my area. An officer in a suburban department of my area was just murdered on a traffic stop. My fiance doesn't really follow local news and is unaware of the murder. Should I talk with him about it? Or should I continue to let it slide by unremarked unless he hears about it? What about the rest of my immediate family? If you were my family member would you want me to talk about this with you, or would it make you worried? Is it relevant that a LOT of the cops in my department have been in shootings or other critical incidents during their careers? I would honestly estimate that at least half the cops I've talked to have been involved in a shooting, keeping in mind that the cops doing training at the academy all tend to have 10, 15, or more years on. Is it relevant that my fiance has some general problems with anxiety? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:42 AM - 11 answers

Help me accept what I don't understand.
Yeah, so this relationship didn't work out. It's been three months since we ended things, but I can't come to terms with what happened, mostly because I either: don't want to accept the hard truth, or what I believe are hard truths aren't really true. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:22 AM - 36 answers

Should I change my job and my country of residence?
I am facing a huge question that I don't know how to navigate and don't feel like I can talk to anyone about. The short story is that I have a precarious-feeling academic job in the Midwestern U.S. and applied for a job in an English-speaking country in the Southern Hemisphere. Today, I found out that I am on the short list for the job. And now I'm just not sure what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:12 AM - 12 answers

July 31

Family drama about to come to a head. Help me head it off
I stopped speaking to a family member due to a unhealthy dynamic that had been going on for years now. We're both invited to a family event we both want to attend. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:54 PM - 16 answers

Tips on allowing new relationships to unfold naturally?
I need tips on ridding myself of new-relationship anxiety, releasing the need to control and the need to know where it's going, and allowing the relationship to unfold naturally. [more inside]
posted by SabrinaV at 5:25 PM - 10 answers

Grief and the elderly
How do the elderly process loss? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:39 PM - 15 answers

How can I stop wanting senpai to notice me?
Your 2000th snowflakey question on the how to be an emotionally healthy single person. How can I live for myself and grow my social networks instead of seeking validation from my abstract idea of a desirable partner? Navel-gazing after the jump. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:38 PM - 6 answers

Optimizing group outings to baseball games
Let's say I would like to organize 6 friends to go see a baseball game. There's one problem: ticket purchases have to be done at the same time to ensure that people sit together. How is this circle squared? [more inside]
posted by Hollywood Upstairs Medical College at 2:04 PM - 13 answers

Stop peeing on my friends!
Is there a way to hide all activity generated by another Facebook user without actually blocking that user? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by hand-knit sock at 1:34 PM - 18 answers

Should I put my reading three-year-old in a (pre)school for bright kids?
Should I put my reading three-year-old in a (pre)school for bright kids? Should I move in with my partner in order to do so? [more inside]
posted by woodvine at 1:34 PM - 27 answers

Your parents divorced? Tell me about it.
I want to leave my husband and need to understand the potential impact to my daughters, aged 10 and 11. Please tell me what your parents' divorce was like, and the different ways in which it affected you. [more inside]
posted by puppet du sock at 8:47 AM - 46 answers

addicted to giving away money
This is my first ever question on metafilter, and it probably sounds absurd. I recently got a relatively-high-paying job away from home, and I'm only 23. Maybe it's because I'm lonely, but only time I feel good about myself or feel like I'm worth anything is when I help others. [more inside]
posted by Ain at 5:35 AM - 27 answers

Best response to very late texting from someone you're attracted to?
Asked someone out. He said yes. I live far away and he planned to come visit soon after. He couldn't come ultimately (as he was busy getting ready for a trip). He was appropriately apologetic and nice about it (and I understood.. but know historically I have been too understanding too often, but first cock up, not a big deal). He said he'd make it up to me on his return. I last asked how he was getting on with sorting things out for his hols and when he was going. I didn't hear back for 4 days (today) he goes tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by tanktop at 2:35 AM - 13 answers

What to say when "Fine, and you?" feels like a betrayal?
I've had a truly awful year, and in April my much beloved pet died suddenly leaving me completely devastated with guilt and grief. Among the things I no longer seem to be able to do is answer the innocuous "How are you?" question from acquaintances and colleagues. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by girl flaneur at 1:46 AM - 41 answers

July 30

[Wedding Etiquette Filter] no gifts expected, unless you really wanna
We've invited some people to our wedding reception that aren't close family or lifelong friends, but good friends and colleagues whose company we enjoy, and have been warm and enthusiastic about celebrating with us. We would like to convey that our invitations to them absolutely do not come with the expectation of gifts. [more inside]
posted by redlines at 5:56 PM - 16 answers

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