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May 20

Host sweet host

I hosted an old friend at my place for a few days. Before she left, she told me she loved staying with me because I had a comfortable home. While this made me feel pretty good about myself, I also thought I could ask the hivemind 1) what makes a home a comfortable one? and 2) practical ways to make short-term guests feel as comfortable as possible. Bonus points for things you appreciated as a guest in someone else's home.
posted by orangutan at 8:20 PM - 28 answers

3rd grade bully...moving on up...

There was this boy in my child's 3rd grade class this year. He used to be friends with my son, and when they parted ways about 2 months ago, he started bullying my son. Do I go to the school about this now and if so, how do I go about it? More snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Amalie-Suzette at 2:30 PM - 25 answers

How do I deal with inappropriate behavior on a play date?

My kid just did something totally inappropriate during a play date. What is the best way to deal with it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:35 AM - 25 answers

May 19

Freude my German boyfriend!

My new guy is German, late forties, brilliant and super romantic. He goes out of his way to do fun and sweet things, and I reciprocate in my Colorado way. (We're climbing a 14er, Liebchen!) What are unexpected things that he, as a German/European, might find particularly surprising and delightful? [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet at 9:25 AM - 19 answers

May 18

How to deal with separation & two apartment rentals

My partner and I are separating. We currently live in a rented house which we will vacate in August .. my paycheck is the only money coming in. I make enough to pay for two apartment rentals, but my question is more about how that works .. we don't have any kind of legal separation agreement, and I am anticipating difficulty proving her "income" to the prospective landlord. Advice needed. We live in Minnesota; we will likely get a divorce but not right away.
posted by dwbrant at 6:28 PM - 12 answers

My fiancee are moving in together. How can we make this successful?

My fiancee are moving in together in about a month. We've been together for around three years. It's been a long time since I had a roommate. What tips can you provide about adjusting from living alone for years to co-habitating with the person that you are going to marry? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto at 9:55 AM - 20 answers

Resources for soothing anxieties about marriage?

There are lots of shitty marriages out there. Where are the good ones and what is a great marriage like? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon at 9:41 AM - 28 answers

May 17

Telling an emotional friend that I may be moving across the country?

My partner and I have decided to move from our awesome but overpriced city to a more affordable area that is closer to both of our families. We will be doing this within the next year/year-and-a-half. I am very worried about breaking the news to my closest friend here, who can be very emotional and quick to anger. [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto at 1:35 PM - 31 answers

I wanna be the very best, like no one ever was...

What would it take to be your favourite coworker/team member/subordinate/colleague? [more inside]
posted by Crookshanks_Meow at 8:58 AM - 27 answers

Can I actually *legally* move out??

My family life is a mess. My dad died two months ago and now I'm living at home with my mother. It was different living here when my dad was ill... it was different living here with my dad, period. I'm in my late 20s and for various reasons I ended up moving back home a few years ago. My mother is just... completely mentally ill. I cannot live with her anymore. This environment is driving me crazy. Am I even legally allowed to move out if she's so ill? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:18 AM - 21 answers

How to care for a family of refugees who can't leave the house?

We agreed today to host a family of refugees for a week. They have been refused asylum and are avoiding the immigration authorities. What can we do to make them as comfortable as possible? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:18 AM - 3 answers

May 16

Why am I such a jerk?

I'm (somewhat involuntarily) spending quite a bit of time with a good friend of my mom's. Mom's friend had been tremendously generous to me my entire life, and I am extremely grateful to her. But I keep feeling extremely annoyed in smaller interactions, and I feel like the worst person. Please help me understand my reactions. [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree at 11:28 PM - 12 answers

Stuck In The Middle In Goo

I'm in a sticky social quandary where a friend is asking me to lie to another mutual friend. Do you guys have any advice? [more inside]
posted by WalkerWestridge at 11:38 AM - 39 answers

Dating someone lovely, but is previous behaviour a red flag?

New boyfriend of two months is proving himself to be kind, generous, gentle, accepting, thoughtful and damn sexy. I'm trying to relax and enjoy getting to know him as best I can without my anxiety getting in the way. But recent discussions about his past have thrown up some worrying issues. How to deal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:03 AM - 58 answers

May 15

Resources for speaking to middle school-aged child about suicide

A classmate of my middle school-aged child attempted suicide and while my child and I spoke this afternoon after school, I would like to be better prepared to speak about this issue. I probably am missing obvious resources, I admit to being a bit blind-sided by today's events. I am specifically looking for age-appropriate resources to discuss suicide attempts by a fellow classmate. My child is 11 years old.
posted by anonymous at 4:38 PM - 5 answers

Thou shall not judge thyself

I have a feeling this will not be my last AskMe about this. I dated a guy for three years, all of it long distance. Things went wrong. Details to follow. [more inside]
posted by Nieshka at 9:39 AM - 7 answers

How to manage anxiety over stepchildren in home?

Now that summer is coming, there will be 4 girls age 7-15 in my not-huge house for an extended period of time and I'm already freaking out about it. How do I cope with space invasion and a lack of control over the one environment I can typically control in my life? [more inside]
posted by crunchy potato at 7:12 AM - 27 answers

Advice about perspectives on long-term desires in relationships

I've been happily dating my boyfriend for 9 months, but I'm growing more concerned that we don't want the same future. I'm more certain of my desires; he's less certain. Can you provide some perspective on our situation? [more inside]
posted by orangesky4 at 6:53 AM - 23 answers

May 14

I think I'm worth it, but I don't feel that way

I feel like somehow I'm not a fundamentally worthy person. I can cognitively recognize this as being a result of the household I grew up in and the things my parents said to me as a child. That's not news to me anymore. But: how can I shake the feeling that I'm, at the core, not really worth it? [more inside]
posted by fernweh at 8:57 PM - 15 answers

How do I ask my sister to deal with her anxiety?

My sister has had significant, longstanding anxiety since her early teens (for the last two decades). She is always wound tight. When she's stressed out, she snaps at family (including me) and she's always stressed out. I can count the number of times I've visited her in the past decade and NOT been snapped at on one hand. I've had it. How can I get her to see that this is a problem? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 7:03 PM - 16 answers

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