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January 22

Long distance partner moving in. In Uganda.

My long-term, long-distance girlfriend is moving in soon, to my new place in Uganda, a new country for us both. What can I do to make the most of the wonderful parts and limit the challenging parts? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen at 1:14 AM - 8 answers

January 21

What's a good way to say "I don't know" in a constructive way?

In my role at work, I'm often approached on a day to day basis with very specific ad hoc questions. Often times, I have no background on the question / issue, and am not sure how to answer. [more inside]
posted by watrlily at 6:20 PM - 35 answers

Parenting an Anxious Kid

My 4 year old seems to be considerably more anxious, perfectionistic, and emotional than his peers. Do you have a kid like this? WERE you a kid like this? Give me your secrets to helping him develop coping skills. [more inside]
posted by tchemgrrl at 11:29 AM - 24 answers

How to survive a separation and divorce

I am in the beginning stages of separation and divorce. I am the initiator and it is completely one-sided. How do I survive the various feelings I'm going through? Bonus: with tween children. [more inside]
posted by puppet du sock at 7:27 AM - 14 answers

Negotiating tactics: non-dry edition

I'd like to read something which involves a lot of negotiating: tactics used, counter-tactics, that kind of thing. It needs to be nice and easy to read, rather than dry. Some discussion of what happened would make the perfect book. Fiction is okay too. All suggestions welcome!
posted by devnull at 6:56 AM - 5 answers

January 20

I call the big one Bitey

Baby Stardust is a curious, energetic little boy, but you wouldn't like him when he's angry. He's on the verge of getting kicked out of daycare. How can we help him stop biting and pushing? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust at 6:50 PM - 15 answers

How do I talk to people about my divorce?

I got divorced a few years ago and I am not in pain about it anymore, except I kind of am. How can I it make a thing I am not hiding from work acquaintances, but also give the sense it isn't something I want to talk about? [more inside]
posted by half life at 5:33 PM - 23 answers

Ex-friend still wants to be friends

I broke things off with an old friend and she texts DH with messages to me. I want her to stop doing this. It has been over two years since I ended our friendship. Snowflakes after the jump. [more inside]
posted by RichardHenryYarbo at 5:19 PM - 16 answers

Neighbor's parking job is making it hard to enter/exit my garage spot

My neighbor parks his car in such a way that it often partially blocks my garage spot. I've been trying to live with it but it's getting harder and harder to maneuver around him. He's been involved in other fights over parking already, so how do I deal with this without starting a feud? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by darkchocolatepyramid at 12:25 PM - 36 answers

Should I stay or should I go?

Tonight, my husband again stated that he is unwilling to change things that are negatively impacting our marriage. I'm looking for resources that will help me determine if I should try to fix this or walk away. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:06 AM - 28 answers

How to practice communicating with a SO

My SO and I are trying our hardest to communicate together, but we quickly get frustrated and have low patience. My SO frequently doesn't understand me when I say something/give instructions, even though I feel I am very clear. What are exercises we can do that will help us practice communicating with each other without getting frustrated? [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle at 10:20 AM - 31 answers

January 19

Forty (small) things to do between 39 and 40

A friend who's been going through a tough time is about to have her 39th birthday. Help me make a "forty things to do before you're forty list" for her that fits some special snowflake criteria. [more inside]
posted by girlgenius at 11:41 PM - 33 answers

Invited a friend to visit for a couple of days, she's staying for a week

I'm in the midst of an extremely stressful period in grad school, and mistakenly and optimistically extended an invite to a friend who had been wanting to visit me in my city. [more inside]
posted by charlielxxv at 7:55 PM - 25 answers

Is there an ethical way to have my cake and eat it too?

Hi Metafilter, I hope you can help with a question about ethics, fetishes, and relationships. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:59 PM - 46 answers

Hiring in-home help for someone with Parkinson's: where do I start?

My mom is 65 years old and has Parkinson's. She lives alone in a large 2 story home with large yard, all of which requires a lot of maintenance work. Physically she is getting worse (more frequent falling) as well as mentally (confused about day to day details and recent conversations, etc). She still drives, and has gotten in multiple small accidents (with inanimate objects like signs). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:16 AM - 14 answers

How to self-talk in the aftermath of a breakup

Dear Askme, I am so sad--any words of advice for the very recently heartbroken? My boyfriend of a year and a half broke up with me yesterday. It was for the 'right' reasons--he came to realize that he didn't want, with me, the long-term things (living together, marriage, kids) that I wanted with him. I'm not mad at him--just very sad. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:29 AM - 14 answers

January 18

I asked someone out, she said yes, I have no idea what to do now

If you've ever dated a friend, what advice would you give yourself? Are there any hazards above and beyond the usual hi-larity of dating in your early twenties? Or cool bits? I'm in particular concerned about navigating the transition from two years of platonic friendship to a romantic relationship (do I touch her now?) and preserving the option of going back to being friends afterward. But don't feel confined to those two points. What do I know? I've gone on two dates ever. [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang at 9:51 PM - 10 answers

an unwilling muse (or I'm not THAT awesome)

My ex sort of boyfriend has been writing (and publishing) identifying "fiction" about me for nearly seven years. Lately, the stories (my friends forward them to me with worry, they're that identifiable) are darker. What options are available to me to stop it? [more inside]
posted by sweltering at 7:08 PM - 20 answers

Is there an expectation you'll fly to visit a family member's newborn?

My brother and his wife had their first child recently. In principle, I'd love to meet their newborn. Problem is, we live on opposite coasts of the US and I don't make much money. I could swing it if I had to, but a trip out there just to stand around the little bundle of biology and watch it eat, sleep, and poop doesn't feel like a good value to me. Am I obligated to go? [more inside]
posted by twobit at 11:51 AM - 56 answers

A friend says he needs a breather. Now what?

A friend of mine who I considered (and actually, continue to consider) close just told me he needs a breather from the friendship. Twofold question: 1) can this possibly be headed anywhere good? and 2) has anyone else here been in this situation, and if so, will you share stories about how it turned out? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:20 AM - 21 answers

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