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July 26

What should I do about cultural appropriation in the Y-Princess program?

How can one dad help reduce the amount of cultural appropriation in his and his daughter’s Y-Princess “tribe”? [more inside]
posted by mrbeefy at 11:05 AM - 5 answers

Help child afraid of needles at dentist today?

I am about to take my little girl to the dentist for an unexpected issue that may require an injection. She has a fear of needles. How do I help her through this in the best way? [more inside]
posted by Eolienne at 10:52 AM - 8 answers

How to be sexy?

My 3-year relationship ended a couple months ago, and while I'm not at all ready for (or interested in) jumping into another relationship right now, I wouldn't mind having some fun, casual hookups. But after years of being in relationships, I'm accustomed to projecting a friendly-pal vibe; I'm not sure how to be alluring. Please coach me! [more inside]
posted by attentionplease at 9:52 AM - 18 answers

Post break up advice

I broke up with my girlfriend of three years yesterday night. I told her I missed a part to fully love her and commit in the same way that she is committed to me. I feel shitty now. What should I do now? [more inside]
posted by mathiu at 9:13 AM - 18 answers

Should I seek an autism diagnosis?

Should I seek an autism diagnosis? I was assessed for aspergers ten years ago, which was negative for a stated reason that I believe was incorrect, based on my own research into how autism presents in females. Is it worth trying again? [more inside]
posted by bluebell at 8:02 AM - 10 answers

July 25

Help me be a nice mom

How can I interact more with my kid at times when I'm super annoyed by her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:52 PM - 24 answers

i love you, but your happiness is smothering me

As someone with a history of transcience and instability, can I be happy in a relationship with someone who's had a very conventional life? A looooong explanation follows. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:52 PM - 16 answers

how to appropriately distance myself?

hi there, since my sister & brother repatriated themselves for education and work purposes, my mother has suddenly begun calling several times per week and asking me to spend time with her frequently- essentially trying to become my mother and confidante after years of completely neglecting our relationship. [more inside]
posted by nephilim. at 7:11 PM - 20 answers

How to tell when people actually don't like me?

I feel like I'm having a hard time making the transition from friends that I see at parties to friends that I can call up for a random happy hour or the like. The anxiety-ridden part of my brain has me convinced that this is because these people don't actually like me. How can I discern the truth and take next steps? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:40 AM - 11 answers

My Mom and Dad aren't in the fairy tale marriage I thought...

...and it freaks me out! Mom gets snippy and negative with Dad a lot more these days while he tries to sweep it under the rug. My little sister left home last year, and with an empty nest it seems things are changing for them. I'm worried about my parents. More inside. [more inside]
posted by johnpoe50 at 9:10 AM - 31 answers

Bow out gracefully?

The wife of one of my office' higher ups has a birthday coming up, and a colleague's wife is planning a lavish birthday blast. Can I bow out early without hurting anyone's feelings? [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood at 8:45 AM - 16 answers

Boyfriend asked for space, how long should I wait?

My boyfriend asked for space after going through a pretty rough week. I'm leaving on holiday in a week (going away for two weeks) and I would like to sort things out before then. Is it a bad idea to contact him myself in a few days, or should I wait for him to make the first move (but risk going away for two weeks without having seen him)? [more inside]
posted by Vulpix91 at 5:50 AM - 23 answers

I Want My Old Happy Self Back

How can I snap myself out of negativity and turn back the clock to when I was a bit less weighed down by emotional baggage? [more inside]
posted by christiehawk at 12:00 AM - 4 answers

July 24

On another's sorrow: helping a friend facing the loss of a spouse

A friend whose spouse went into the hospital with pneumonia on Wednesday went on home hospice this evening and I am looking for concrete ways to help and support them. [more inside]
posted by faineant at 10:59 PM - 9 answers

aspergers, adhd, anxiety, or appropriation?

Is there any benefit to pursuing a diagnosis for neurodevelopmental disorders (specifically autism spectrum disorder or adhd) as an adult? Are there reasons not to seek a diagnosis in that realm? Are online screening resources useful for them, or is the use of those resources problematic? Is it better to stick with anxiety and depressive disorders, both as a means for seeking treatment as well as a means of self-understanding? More to the point: Am I trying to figure out what's wrong with me, or am I just trying to earn a Golden Sympathy Star? [more inside]
posted by mittens at 5:08 PM - 14 answers

Hey random stranger, get your mutt out of my yard

We live at the end of a semi-rural cul-de-sac and random people keep stopping at the end letting their dogs out to use our yard as their personal bathroom. How can we get them to stop this? [more inside]
posted by patheral at 2:05 PM - 41 answers

How can I turn my mind off from these pervasive thoughts?

I recently suffered a near catastrophic medical experience and am having emotional difficulties dealing with the aftermath. I had been ignoring symptoms for days and only went to hospital because my spouse and kids were leaving town for a few days and figured what the heck, go to the ER, it would be a pain for them to come back abruptly. At the hospital, I had emergency surgery that was unnecessarily risky (I'm an experienced medical professional, so please, assume I know what I'm talking about) in that it could have led to an intraoperative complication that would have left my 5-year survival at less than 25%. I also would have been in the same boat if I chose to ignore my symptoms. In the end, surgery was successful and what was thought malignant turned out to be benign. I have some lifelong medical follow-up to pursue, but for all intents and purposes I'm OK know. So what's my question? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:55 AM - 26 answers

July 23

Will I ever be able to be trusted if I have been "the other man"?

My girlfriend is having a difficult time trusting me after I revealed I had in the past canoodled with a girl who had a boyfriend. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:10 PM - 66 answers

Trying to understand adolescent 'stepkids'

I sometimes spend time w/ my SO's kids. (late teens, boy and girl) Sometimes things are smooth, sometimes rocky, mostly kind of polite, but awkward. [more inside]
posted by ebesan at 7:49 AM - 21 answers

USA -> U.K. candy suggestions

I am shipping a work related box to colleagues I barely know in London (field: medical research). There is some extra room in the box and I thought it might be nice to send them some simple, small treat you can easily buy in any US convenience store but that might be difficult to find or would at least be a novelty there. What would you suggest or should I just resist this urge and stick to business as usual?
posted by roue at 7:07 AM - 44 answers

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