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October 9

What to Expect When Your Best Friend's Wife is Expecting

My best friend just found out that his wife is pregnant. He's excited but a little anxious and is looking for book recommendations, though he'd probably be interested in blogs, websites, or other info sources. [more inside]
posted by kat518 at 7:04 AM - 14 answers

Mid-life crisis: existential or situational?

I just turned 40 and am deeply conflicted about where I am in life. Is this something I should just sit out or do I need to make changes? [more inside]
posted by socksister at 6:24 AM - 15 answers

October 8

Please Help with a Crying Baby Situation (not my baby)

Are there lots of reasons that a baby could be crying for many hours every day? [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 3:23 PM - 24 answers

Delayed Dating

Is dating in your 30s more difficult than in your 20s? [more inside]
posted by sprezzy at 1:15 PM - 18 answers

How do I know if this engagement ring is good enough?

On the weekend my mother gave me her engagement ring to propose to my Girlfriend with. What worries me is that the diamond isn't large enough. [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend at 10:27 AM - 66 answers

What's it gonna be?

Do I get back together with my long time friend and ex and "see how it goes" despite him being at a crossroads in his life and not knowing what he wants or when he'll be emotionally available? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:39 AM - 33 answers

Physician heal thyself? My 12 year old is bullied on the bus.

Ok, so I have a psychology degree, 20yrs early care and education experience, and am currently in grad school studying school psychology. I should have this, right? I do not have this. Little kids - I totally know what to do. Use your words, tell an adult, yada yada..... My smart, introverted 12 year old vs. douchebag 14 year old? Stymied. I came home from work today and he was in a terrible mood - after a few stabs at trying to get him to talk - I chalked it up to homework fussing and let it lay..... 20 minutes before bedtime - he admits to an 8th grader sticking gum in his hair and throwing a deodorant can at his head on the bus ride home. He just started middle school this year and for the most part - 6th graders are isolated from 7th and 8th graders. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:13 AM - 17 answers

How to send condolences to a coworker

My co-worker's sibling died. What's the best way to send my condolences? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:13 AM - 15 answers

I want to hold your hand.

How do you deal with lack of physical contact as a single person, especially when it's one of your primary love languages? [more inside]
posted by tworedshoes at 5:58 AM - 19 answers

October 7

I need to hear you say it

I like to hear the words "I love you" more than my partner likes to say them. What to do? [more inside]
posted by puppet du sock at 5:10 PM - 18 answers

How to be there for someone and draw a line in the sand simultaneously?

My brother's irresponsible habits have always been trying. He's currently going through a depression and a breakup—both caused, in part, by those irresponsible and trying habits. This has turned his already precarious financial situation into a crisis. I want to be there for him—but I also need him to understand that I'm reaching the end of my rope, and that if he keeps refusing to take responsibility for his own poor choices, I can't promise I'll be there when the next crisis comes along. Help me find the balance between being a forgiving and understanding brother, and protecting my own interests. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:04 PM - 20 answers

Help My Trans Friends Be Safe At My Show

I've invited my trans friend to see my band play a party, but I am having anxiety about helping her be safe. What's should I do to make my party a safer space for her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:35 PM - 25 answers

I'm having reservations about filing for divorce and I'm not sure why.

I've been separated from my wife for two-plus years. We both have lives in different parts of the country and are in serious relationships with other people. There's no way that we could or should be together, but we're both having a hard time accepting the idea of getting a divorce and I'm not sure why. [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto at 11:22 AM - 9 answers

Why don't you want to be my friend?

I don't have a Facebook profile. I'm looking for 101-style resources that I can point people towards instead of fumbling through an explanation repeatedly. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream at 8:54 AM - 24 answers

Break-up + small town; do I have to move?

I moved to a small town and started dating a guy pretty much right away. He had already been living there for a couple years at that point. Fast-forward three years: I broke up with him. We both still love our small town. Do I have to move? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:33 AM - 42 answers

October 6

Setting boundaries re my friends' love lives

When is it appropriate to set a boundary regarding how much time you spend dealing with your friends’ romantic turmoil? And how do you set healthy boundaries? I’m not referring to things like supporting a friend through a breakup, but, rather, more ongoing situations. More inside. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe at 9:12 PM - 15 answers

I'm at the end of my rope with my picky eater.

Tonight was a rough night in our house. My picky, small three year-old once again ate two bites of dinner and turned his nose up at what I'd made for him. I got upset and berated him. I feel bad about this and want to figure out what to do. [more inside]
posted by TryTheTilapia at 7:39 PM - 78 answers

How can I move past betrayal in a good relationship?

I am in a slightly long distance relationship of 6 months. We have history and are very serious for the time-frame. Four days ago, my girlfriend spontaneously agreed to hang out with her ex boyfriend when he called her. The next day she told me, claiming to have "emotionally cheated." During this talk she opened up about many things, including hanging out with her ex one other time a month into our relationship, making out with him then and similar, but not sex. Before this discussion, we were at a significant high point in our relationship. How do I move past feelings of betrayal? Should I? [more inside]
posted by Foibuls at 6:39 PM - 28 answers

How to properly enjoy happiness?

I realize this is almost a bratty question to ask, but it's giving me a hard time. I am happy. Things are going well. I feel like I'm looking at a pretty sunset and thinking "eh, okay. enough of that. ho hum." How can I maximize my enjoyment (?) of this blessedly uncomplicated time in my life without screwing it up? [more inside]
posted by witchen at 10:03 AM - 21 answers

Effective strategies for helping kids deal with runaway emotions/tantrum

What successful strategies have you had for helping a kindergartener/young school age child deal with runaway emotions or prevent tantrums?
posted by drezdn at 8:01 AM - 14 answers

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