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September 15

NO No No No No!!!

Please help me politely navigate a visit to my dad and his wife, where they are asking me to do something I don't want to do. Details follow. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:12 PM - 31 answers

How can I make the most of this family drama situation?

Going through a huge amount of stress with family visit over seemingly small issue and am looking for advice [more inside]
posted by Ryogen at 9:54 PM - 47 answers

I really hate my life right now and I don't know how to make it better

When I'm finished my day at work, I get so sick thinking about my "real" life. I have felt so profoundly alone and lonely since my father died in March. I've been left to "take care of" my 72 year old (alcoholic, etc.) mother and it's just too much for me to deal with, I'm an only child. I've recently moved out, but I still feel awful. I just feel so alone. How can I make it better? [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise at 3:59 PM - 15 answers

helping a child be comfortable alone

My oldest child is 7 years old, very social, and very uncomfortable being alone. He doesn't want to use the bathroom at home by himself because he is afraid, for example. If he gets in trouble or fighting a lot with the other kids he can never be put somewhere else (his room) for a time out or just to chill out -- he will freak it and go through extreme measures to escape. How to get him more comfortable with being alone? [more inside]
posted by friendofstone at 11:10 AM - 11 answers

September 14

You're the Boss! Not That There's Anything Wrong With That.

My boss is allergic to the idea that her staff would follow her instructions simply because she's the boss. Her allergy is rooted in the fact that she's a control freak. Help me avoid the ten-dimensional chess that sometimes ensues. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:47 PM - 34 answers

"I think it's cool."

How would you respond to a stranger/acquaintance who makes negative remarks about your partner/family/friend's hobbies (even when they are not present)? Specific examples will be appreciated. I need short effective comebacks which 1) are not overly rude 2) show my 100% support to the person being made fun of 3) make it clear I will not engage in further conversation if they do not stop.
posted by azalea at 11:08 PM - 45 answers

September 13

Is my user name an ableist slur?

I have used this username it many contexts across many years, but am becoming worried it may be a put-down along the lines of "derp". [more inside]
posted by Durhey at 1:42 PM - 16 answers

Is kids whining a cross-cultural phenomenon?

Is whining from young kids cross-cultural? I'm speaking specifically of any sort of wheedling, high pitched speaking designed to express negative emotion and desire at the same time. If it is, what are the theories for why young children do this as opposed to communicate in some other way? For reference, my kids are American English speakers who whine like it's their job.
posted by OmieWise at 6:11 AM - 31 answers

September 12

Bisexual Visibility Day for a moot bisexual

I am bisexual in a way that kinda doesn't matter and very few people know. Would it be appropriate to make it more widely known? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:26 PM - 21 answers

This back and forth is killing me!

I'm in the process of divorcing from an abusive Ex. He's threatened me with a horrible scorched earth divorce. In the meantime, he claims that he still loves me and wants me in his life, but is driving me crazy by telling me about all the dates he is going on. His jerking me around is cruel. Even though I've been involved with someone wonderful, the Ex is driving me crazy and I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by chatelaine at 5:24 PM - 36 answers

My dad's bored and lonely. How do I fix it?

My mother died back in 2011, after a period of prolonged illness. My siblings and I have all moved out. But this leaves my father rattling around this big old house by himself. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:32 AM - 31 answers

September 11

...even as the river and the sea are one.

I'll turn 50 in about seven weeks, and I've started having hot flashes. But this isn't a question about that. Instead, my problem is that every time I have a hot flash, I'm reminded that I'm going to be dead in 25-30 years, and its starting to really make me upset. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 7:09 AM - 24 answers

September 10

How to help an overmedicated teen?

My 17 year old child has a friend of the same age who is a great kid but has some learning difficulties, including ADHD. He takes Adderall for that, which causes him anxiety and he takes Xanax to counteract the anxiety. He is also on antidepressants. Adderall has bad side effects for him, including persistent anxiety, irritability, insomnia (the boy takes sleeping pills for that), lack of appetite (lost a lot of weight) and does not seem to help the grades at school. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:46 PM - 22 answers

i never thought i would post a question like this.

My friend is dying, miles away. I am an emotional wreck. I'm meant to return to work tomorrow after taking some time off, and I don't know how to approach this with my boss, or even if I should. Can you recommend some wording for me? A couple more details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:45 PM - 5 answers

Help me be polite in this situation

I have a legal right to something; I know. But in this situation involving my apartment building manager I also don't want to be an ass. How do I proceed? [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing at 5:03 AM - 13 answers

September 9

Gifts for the hard-to-buy-for mother

My wonderful mother has a birthday soon, and she has, or can get, everything. Help me buy something meaningful! [more inside]
posted by raspberrE at 7:46 AM - 32 answers

September 8

I confuse people (and get frustrated) when I switch between subjects.

I've always struggled with getting a word in edgewise, and it gets especially frustrating when multiple subjects come up in conversation. I then feel the need to backtrack and clarify everything, and often my frustration gets in the way and makes it even more confusing. How can I get better at making it clear who/what I am talking about at a given moment? How can I switch subjects more clearly...and without frustration? [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction at 4:07 PM - 9 answers

Responsibility for cleaning shared office and how to ask for help

My wife's officemate made a mess in their shared office yesterday. How does she get her officemate to clean it up with minimal drama? (Or, is there another solution?) [more inside]
posted by number9dream at 10:34 AM - 33 answers

Persuading partner to use rear-facing car seat

Toddler_in_Rome is 13 months. Me and partner have bought our first car. I have made it very clear to partner that I want Toddler to be rear-facing for as long as possible, ideally until 4. I am a very anxious person and have massive worries about car safety. I've read so much about the benefits of rear-facing but partner won't listen and has bought a forward-facing seat. How can I persuade him we should buy a rear-facing seat instead? [more inside]
posted by Dorothea_in_Rome at 9:43 AM - 32 answers

September 7

Difference in ambition - was this breakup a mistake?

I recently ended my relationship with a long-term, long-distance boyfriend and am having regrets. Did I do the right thing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:59 AM - 23 answers

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