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July 22

Questions for potential roommates?

I'm looking at flatshares and would like help figuring out how to tell which ones will work for me. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna at 7:27 PM - 6 answers

Sorry about your high expectations really not getting met, dear

What to do for a perfectionist who's just suffered an embarrassing, public setback? [more inside]
posted by potrzebie at 7:13 PM - 9 answers

Things you were never told about approaching 50

I'm not far out from being a half-century. Recently, in discussions with peers of a similar age, we've discovered several commonalities. For example, most now have little problem in dropping time-consuming people who drain us from networks, or even in mid-conversation, or saying "no" to pressurised requests. On the negative side, nearly all have annoying or restrictive medical ailments of food, bowel or colon. None of this we were told would be a fact of deep-middle age, at school, or college, or in the media. What else - good and bad - is a commonality of most people around the age of 50?
posted by Wordshore at 11:40 AM - 40 answers

July 21

Raising prosocial kids: apology addition

I am raising a boy, and I am on a quest for ideas to help him become a good apologizer as he grows up. Details inside... [more inside]
posted by crunchy potato at 8:42 PM - 27 answers

Need to find a personal assistant for my remote, elderly mother

I live in California; my 79-year-old mother lives in an elderly community in Silver Spring, Maryland in a 2-bedroom apartment. How do I find someone to help her manage her life - take care of paperwork, track medical appointments, etc.? [more inside]
posted by mistersix at 7:52 PM - 13 answers

I don't know how to talk to my boyfriend about his weight

I pointed out my boyfriend's lack of weight loss progress and regretted it immediately. He looked very hurt, and though he is not the type to acknowledge it or want to talk about it, I know that I wounded him deeply. I realize that by bringing it up so insensitively, I may have irreparably damaged the trust between us and maybe now there is no way to talk to him about it constructively without hurting him more. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:58 PM - 38 answers

How to best deal with an irresponsible/dramatic housemate?

My housemate had some serious health problems this year and then her long term boyfriend broke up with her. She's going off the rails, causing drama, being manipulative and clinging to a burdensome victim narrative without taking any responsibility for her own actions. How do I deal with this? Snowflakes below. [more inside]
posted by JaneTheGood at 10:47 AM - 18 answers

I need some wind in my sails, but is this a reasonable expectation?

I realised that my partner does nothing for my ego. Which leads to the conclusion that I need a partner to do something for my ego. So. Is this a relationship problem or my problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:04 AM - 30 answers

July 20

My love language is quality time - his may not be/not a planner. Help!

Boyfriend and I have been together for just under a year and lately a difference in love languages is becoming a bone of contention. I want to resolve this going forward. [more inside]
posted by Kat_Dubs at 11:05 PM - 31 answers

How do I confront my father about utterly fucking up my life?

tl;dr I am my father's only daughter and he molested and tried to rape me when I was a teenager. IANAP but I think it is safe to say my father has fucked up my head and by extension my life and I want to confront him. [more inside]
posted by Whatifyoufly at 3:31 PM - 28 answers

Fun activities for a lake house weekend with thirty 30-somethings?

Hosting a group of thirty adult friends from all over the country - many of whom have never met each other before - at a three day lake house weekend. What are some fun things people can do at the house that will be fun and forge new friendships w/o feeling weird and forced? [more inside]
posted by egeanin at 12:57 PM - 23 answers

How do I cope with living in a place I don't like?

Need suggestions on how do I manage living in a place I don't particularly enjoy until it's time to move. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by longjump at 12:08 PM - 5 answers

dating beanplating

I want to ask a friend out but a couple of things are making me hesitate; would like to get some hive mind input on whether I should hold off or if I am simply overthinking as usual. [more inside]
posted by thereemix at 9:20 AM - 15 answers

Therapist in Santa Barbara/San Luis Obispo

Asking for a friend: I am trying to find a couples therapist in San Luis Obispo, Ca. I know that might be hard so I'm extending my search to include recommended therapists generally in both San Luis and Santa Barbara in the hope that someone you had a good experience in individual therapy with might be able to give me a referral for a couples therapist locally. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 8:26 AM - 1 answers

How to handle anxiety about loved ones dying

How should I handle frequent anxiety about my loved ones dying? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:53 AM - 8 answers

July 19

How to not be sick with stress?

My mom's graveside service is tomorrow at 10am, and I'm nauseous as hell from stress. I know it's all in my head. How do I just pause this feeling for a while? [more inside]
posted by 80 Cats in a Dog Suit at 8:29 PM - 20 answers

Stuck In the Pseudo-Wife Zone

My SO and I have been in a long term relationship for 4 years that has produced a child, a mortgage, a dog, and life long plans. We are not married and I think we should be. Help. [more inside]
posted by dea at 7:18 PM - 89 answers

Boyfriend seeks to make amends but can I really trust him?

Otherwise Amazing Boyfriend [OAB] is extremely passive and avoids conflict to the point of his own detriment. Unfortunately this passivity also leads him to lie to get out of trouble, lie to please others, lie to avoid conflict, etc. This has caused huge problems in our relationship. He's improved a lot since then, but I'm not so sure how to move forward. [more inside]
posted by Socolime at 4:59 AM - 47 answers

July 18

Betrayal: Films and books with accurate responses to it

Hey there, I'm looking for films and books that accurately portray people's (ideally women's) responses to a huge betrayal. Not the Hollywood sort where there's some light anger, and then they're over it, but heavy responses to betrayal, when the person you love/trust/believe the most betrays you, gaslights you, leaves you, abuses you, etc. Thanks.
posted by Kombucha3452 at 7:08 AM - 28 answers

How much emotional support is considered "supportive"

What is -normal- in terms of providing/receiving emotional support in your relationships? How do you identify situations where it is healthier to self-soothe and self-process rather than seeking out support, reassurance, and validation from another person? How do you maintain good relationships with others when their emotional needs are higher or lower than you can reasonably provide? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:37 AM - 10 answers

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