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April 23

How do you properly change the terms of an apartment lease at renewal?

We just bought a rental property with an existing tenant who is in the middle of a year long lease. We plan to honor the remainder of the current lease without changing any terms. However, when the lease is up for renewal we would like to enforce a no-smoking policy. Unfortunately, the very nice current tenant does obviously smoke. YANML, but how can we go about making that change in a lease renewal without it seeming like we are trying to evict him by adding restrictions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:54 AM - 19 answers

April 22

What is (not) up with my penis?

I have been having some technical difficulties. [more inside]
posted by EddieF at 9:43 AM - 10 answers

April 21

How do I get off the dating merry-go-round?

How can I choose one romantic life partner and shut off all other options forever? Do I need horse blinders? [more inside]
posted by Guinevere at 10:23 AM - 13 answers

How can I get back my mojo?

I'm a 39-year-old woman in a long-term (16 years) heterosexual relationship, and in the past year or so I've had a big unexplained drop in libido. I've had my hormone levels checked, which was the only test my doctor did in response to the problem, and they're normal. One big problem is that, suddenly, sex is often painful. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:07 AM - 11 answers

April 20

My own response to spouse's yelling/anger

I'm having a lot of trouble dealing with yelling at home. My wife's daily yelling matches with our young son are exhausting and stressing me (and I must reduce stress for medical reasons). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:37 AM - 62 answers

Couples Therapy

What are the differences in couples therapy? Is there one method that's better for dealing with grief than another? Confused by "emotionally focused" vs. behavioral or gottman, etc. etc.
posted by Smedleyman at 9:25 AM - 6 answers

Do I have to surrender my cell phone at my brother's wedding?

My younger brother's fiancée recently sent an email to attendees of their wedding, which will be in a couple of months. It was a friendly reminder of various logistical details, and included the following stipulation: "We have chosen to make our wedding a cell phone-free event. You can leave your cell phone in your car or check it in with one of our gracious cell phone valets!" [more inside]
posted by Sokka shot first at 9:18 AM - 87 answers

April 19

What to do-teen pot smoking edition

Last night my 18-year old senior in high school son called--he was out with friends, was super stoned and wanted permission for his friends to drive him home in his car. They got him home and he went to bed. I've got this question because this the second time in a year and a half that this has happened, AND there are other factors. [more inside]
posted by yes I said yes I will Yes at 3:42 AM - 32 answers

April 18

Guilt about abortion/ Fear I won't get pregnant again

My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant and it hasn't worked yet. What makes me feel especially guilty and depressed is an abortion I had two years ago. [more inside]
posted by nightdoctress at 7:41 PM - 18 answers

Does it sound like sibling rivalry?

Looking for some perspective on how to deal with my brother's partner. I will try to explain the situation as best I can but please forgive me if I am not coherent. The circumstances are this: We (me – Aunt and my mother - Grandmother) look after my three-year-old nephew every weekend and before and after school on three days per week. Myself, his grandmother (80 years old), his two uncles and his mum are the only family he has. This arrangement of childcare has been more or less forced (emotional blackmail/manipulation of my single parent sister) upon us but was just about proving to be workable, however, it leaves my mother with zero energy to do anything else in her life. I manage it by working part-time and having no other commitments. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:27 AM - 21 answers

You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here.

My partner and I are thinking about asking our roommate to move out. How can we do this in the most considerate and mindful way? [more inside]
posted by chara at 5:43 AM - 22 answers

April 17

Avoiding Retaliation for Feedback on Handyman's Unprofessional Behavior

How should I handle letting a company know their handyman made me feel uncomfortable/scared? [more inside]
posted by CMcG at 12:00 PM - 21 answers

April 16

How to make the most of my trial separation?

I'm transitioning as a trans woman. My fiancee is rather dependent on me, and I've never been a single woman. We've agreed to a trial separation this summer vacation (we go to the same college and share an apartment). We agreed I can date others during this period. How can I make the most of this, and hopefully know more confidently if she's the one, or if we should break up? [more inside]
posted by MuppetNavy at 10:38 PM - 34 answers

Feeling a bit of crabby coming to stop?

I've been feeling a little down/crabby the past day or so. How do I nip this crabbiness in the bud? [more inside]
posted by sacchan at 7:51 PM - 20 answers

Books that shaped your viewpoint on relationships?

What books have you read that changed how you think about your relationships? [more inside]
posted by graphtheory at 11:11 AM - 29 answers

April 15

How to get unstuck.

My wife "shuts down" when she has strong feelings and then she says mean things. We are trapped in a bad cycle. [more inside]
posted by unstrungharp at 6:04 PM - 46 answers

early-stage dating communication

Is this early-dating/flirting behavior a red flag? If not, how do I keep from getting anxious? [more inside]
posted by bearette at 12:25 PM - 32 answers

Left my husband, dumped by my affair partner, how to carry on?

I’m back for more advice, after you helped me last time. So I did it, I moved out, I left my husband. But now I’m really struggling with living on my own and the aftermath of my affair. [more inside]
posted by Concertion at 8:56 AM - 18 answers

Friend of friend spilled some beans. Do I act or wait?

A friend of a friend of a friend inadvertently let me know that our friends-in-common are getting a divorce. It was completely by accident and she was mortified. I feel so bad for my friend who is going through this. Do I tell her that I know, and see if I can do anything for her? Halp. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:02 AM - 11 answers

April 14

How do I target the right consumer for high-end furniture?

I'm selling a specific kind of high-end furniture, in the range of $10,000-$20,000. Not from a showroom, direct-to-consumer. Where do I place ads to reach the right consumer, and what else should I consider in my messaging? Right now, we are taking a social media approach, so I'd also love to hear of any high-end social media profiles anyone here tends to follow. Lastly, please do mention any magazines I should consider. Thanks in advance!
posted by andrewsa at 7:11 PM - 20 answers

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