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August 4

What are some ways my partner can get more experience around kids?

I've been trying and failing to come up with some good opportunities for my partner to get more comfortable around children (think newborn to 8 yrs old) but that don't involve a career change or taking on a full-time job. He has just about zero experience supervising children. Details after the jump! [more inside]
posted by Snacks at 1:14 AM - 0 answers

August 3

In need of love, compassion, and a slap to the face.

Allow me self-indulge, and give me some advice if you'd like. I'm rebuilding myself after a full-blown existential crisis, and I'm still having a very difficult time adjusting to my life as is, and trying to take steps moving forward. [more inside]
posted by omgkinky at 5:49 PM - 12 answers

Boyfriend extremely pushy with sex

I have been seeing someone for 4 months. Quite a few times he was very pushy with having sex while I am sick or during period when I made it clear that I don't want to. He never actually crosses the line in forcing me to do it but I still feel weirded out. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:27 PM - 73 answers

I worry GF might be better off without me; what do I do next?

My long-term, long-distance girlfriend and I occasionally don't get to see each other as planned. Today was one of those times, and her response has me thinking that she might be happier if we weren't together. How do I work out how to proceed from here? [more inside]
posted by six sided sock at 12:42 PM - 38 answers

Navigating the tricky waters of an ever-changing dating status tide.

Dear Mefites, this is my first question! I'm excited to hear from the community i've been reading since forever. Here's an issue I'm facing that's bothering me: someone i'm seeing has a some-what change of heart/mind towards me in terms of how he envisions our future/potential. I've been confused from the beginning as it started sexually quickly, then to possibly serious, to suddenly somewhat possibly just casual now. Grateful if any of you could advise me on what you observe his character/behavior/mindset to be, from the descriptions that I will best try to relate. Please excuse the extremely long post. [more inside]
posted by eustaciavye87 at 11:16 AM - 13 answers

How do I tactfully alert friends about upcoming surgery

Not just surgery, but a hysterectomy due to a diagnosis of endometrial adenocarcinoma. Yup; that. I'm specifically talking about Facebook friends. What's a good straightforward, non-maudlin way of announcing this? I do want to get the information out there, the why as well as the what. But I don't want to come across as "oh pity me." What would you do?
posted by BostonTerrier at 10:12 AM - 13 answers

A kinder, gentler "Gotta go!"

What are some scripts and/or techniques for ending conversations-- particularly in contexts where the other person clearly either needs or wants to talk? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 9:36 AM - 15 answers

Embarrassing parents – encouragement please!

My parents are kind of difficult, and haven't been great parents to me. I find them embarrassing in some ways ( I feel terrible saying that but it’s true). How to navigate feeling insecure about them in front of my boyfriend, and the temptation to act insecure and pissy and create issues in my current relationship because of this? Would be great to hear reassurance from people who've gotten over their partner's difficult or embarrassing parents and loved them anyway, or from those who have difficult parents but haven't let it affect their wonderful relationship. Complicated by other issues (mostly cancer-related) – more inside! [more inside]
posted by starstarstar at 8:55 AM - 17 answers

Freaking Out About Ending Up Alone

Just like the title says. In the aftermath of a relationship, I’m panicking about being resigned to singlehood. As you might expect, snowflakes ahead. [more inside]
posted by xenization at 7:44 AM - 16 answers

August 2

Several losses all at once

A friend of mine decided they do not want to be friends any more. Because of additional circumstances, it has also meant losing a supportive community I'd been part of for a few years. I'm surprised by the intensity of my grief and finding it difficult to cope. I am looking for resources / books / personal accounts / tips to help me get through this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:35 PM - 13 answers

Did I just ruin my chance with this guy I'm dating?

I've been talking to a guy I met online for about 6 weeks, been on about 4 dates. At the very beginning, I let him know that I wanted to take things slow and not jump into bed with him quickly and he seemed to understand and respect my decision. We still haven't hold hand or kiss. However, our communication has increased significantly. He would call me almost daily and talk to me for over an hour each time. We also text each other constantly. [more inside]
posted by missybitsy at 4:14 PM - 22 answers

How to gauge interest and deal with rejection in early stages of dating?

After a pretty rough breakup in January, I'm starting to be open to the idea of dating again. However, I don't find myself romantically attracted to very many people, so when I do find someone I am interested in, I tend to get my hopes up. I started talking to a guy and feel like I am receiving mixed signals - how do I gauge interest and deal with the possibility of rejection after hoping this would work out? [more inside]
posted by Malleable at 12:19 PM - 15 answers

She's slow but not stupid

How does a young adult with a mild intellectual disability navigate the world? Is there a way to let people understand that she just needs simpler and clearer words but otherwise her IQ is average? [more inside]
posted by Coffeetyme at 10:24 AM - 13 answers

Did I make the right decision in breaking up with my bipolar girlfriend?

I know that there have been other threads posted about this issue, but I hopefully can get some advice to help me keep my head on straight. I ended things last week with a girl that was diagnosed with being bipolar at a young age. We only dated a little over a month but we spent so much time together that it feels like half a year. She's currently not on medication and she's been separated from her husband for a year. Did I make the right decision? [more inside]
posted by TurboNerd at 9:59 AM - 36 answers

August 1

How do I, as a guy, get emotionally fulfilling friendships with guys?

I didn't even realize this was something I wanted until I realized all the women in my life (mom, sister, and the new awesome girlfriend) all nearly simultaneously (but independently) kinda got sad about me not having any friends. After thinking about it, that got me bummed too. [more inside]
posted by johnpoe50 at 10:17 PM - 11 answers

Am I a horrible person if I don't go to my cousin's wedding?

I'm going to have to go alone to the wedding of my much younger cousin, which will cost me a fortune, and where my newly married former flame will me. Is it really bad if I just make up a white lie and not go? [more inside]
posted by Duchess Sock McPuppeterson at 12:33 PM - 49 answers

How to handle having kids after everyone else around you has

Our friends and family have kids already at one and two+ years old. We're at that age where people in our social circle have started families. And we're not pregnant... again. We're overall positive, though, and this AskMe isn't about getting pregnant. We're very confident that it'll happen, or we'll adopt, or whatever – no need to give answers about that, please. But, I agonize that by the time we have a kid, that all of the kids of our friends will be too old to play together, that our friends will have moved on from wanting to hang out with a newborn, that they'll have "passed us by", or that basically we won't be able to share experiences with them and in turn we'll lose them as friends. So, I'm looking for support or advice from folks who might have been in the same situation as us. Did you end up having kids a few years after your friends/social circle? Did it turn out alright? Any positives?
posted by anonymous at 10:40 AM - 26 answers

How to help my mom with the upcoming death of her dog

My mother's 13 year old dog has stomach cancer and has been throwing up every day. Given the way the past two dogs died within days of my father last year, I'm pretty sure this is going to hit her really hard. How do I help? (Snowflake details inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:46 AM - 14 answers

what do you mean, 'what is kerning?'

Designers: how do you collaborate, especially when you're at different skill levels / when one designer notices details, and the other doesn't? [more inside]
posted by suedehead at 12:08 AM - 10 answers

July 31

How to DTMFA....when they are disabled

How to end a relationship with a partner who is physically dependent on you? How to deal with the guilt? [more inside]
posted by yawper at 10:28 AM - 20 answers

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