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What questions should I be asking about infertility treatments?

My husband and I have been trying conceive since we got married 18 months ago. Unfortunately I have two big factors working against me - my age (40) and my PCOS, which I was diagnosed with when I was in my 20s. I was prescribed Clomid to make me ovulate, but after the first two cycles it stopped working. We're going back to the specialist this week: What are the options now and what should I be asking my doctor? [more inside]
posted by meronym on Jan 23, 2017 - 6 answers

Family activities in Barcelona

We're off to Barcelona for 5 days in August. What are some family-friendly (2 adults, a 5y/o, and a 1y/o) activities to do or places to visit? [more inside]
posted by EndsOfInvention on Jan 23, 2017 - 7 answers

I'm, still annoyed, but don't want to be

Prior to our summer holiday recently (here in Australia), I had suggested, well really on the suggestion of my partner, that we (me, my partner and her two boys 12 & 15 yo) meet my sister and her son (13 yo) somewhere on the coast between our respective cities. We met them for a few days last year and everyone had fun, especially the kids. [more inside]
posted by summerinwinter on Jan 19, 2017 - 11 answers

Where to go? Immigration to Europe.

My boyfriend and I would like to move with our infant son to Europe for at least ten years if not forever. Which (preferentially Western European) countries are considered relatively simple to migrate to? Details inside the fold. TIA! [more inside]
posted by Everydayville on Jan 18, 2017 - 20 answers

NPD FIL's birthday dinner - shutting down pessimism

My FIL's birthday is this weekend. He and my MIL are fiercely codependent and they have really isolated themselves. I was really surprised to hear that MIL is hosting a birthday dinner and inviting other people! FIL is a grump and he puts people on edge, but if there is a chance of them opening up their social circle (and consequently putting less pressure on my husband and me), I will move mountains to help them be successful. I'd like to use my powers for good. Help me help them. [more inside]
posted by Bistyfrass on Jan 13, 2017 - 10 answers

how to ask someone if they're expecting to host you

My husband and I are going to see his cousin Karen and her family for a weekend. How do I ask non-awkwardly if Karen is expecting to host us in her house or if we should find our own Airbnb place? Somehow that never got clarified. [more inside]
posted by colfax on Jan 13, 2017 - 20 answers

Reluctant empty nester

My mother seems to be struggling with the idea of an empty nest and gets upset as I spend more time away from the family home? Details under the cut. [more inside]
posted by wineglass_bay on Jan 12, 2017 - 16 answers

Complete family medical situation hitting proverbial poop fan...

Where do we turn? Things have gone bazonkers on us... Two weeks ago my 83 year old mom called me with a racing heart. In to the e.r. we went and she was diagnosed with tachycardia caused by heart failure - blown mitral valve. She's too frail for surgery so they medicated as best as possible and sent her home, where she has lived alone for decades. There are just my sister 1000 miles away and myself to help her. We arranged home help, PT and OT for her. She was told not move without a walker. Next day I fell off a ladder... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 11, 2017 - 14 answers

How can I best try to reconcile my estranged sister with the family?

My sister is estranged from my parents and me. It’s been about 5 years since she’s been in touch with everyone, initially estranging herself from my mother, then my father. For about a year after that she was still in touch with me, but ceased contact when I refused a request I saw as an attempt to make me ‘take her side’ against our mother. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2017 - 55 answers

How to track chores?

We're looking to formalize our family's assignment and tracking of chores. But how? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Jan 9, 2017 - 10 answers

How do I research assisted living for a disabled adult on Medicaid?

Where do I start in finding a dog-friendly facility that takes Medicaid, for a non-senior disabled adult who needs to move to an assisted living facility? My sister is in her mid-40s, physically disabled, and now mostly bedridden. An important caveat for this search is that she is ADAMANT that her medium-sized dog must come with her. [more inside]
posted by Jennifer S. on Jan 4, 2017 - 9 answers

Amend/update divorce decree.

You are not my divorce attorney, but perhaps you can 1. recommend one in the Houston, TX area and/or 2. tell me if my plan to request that the court change our existing divorce decree has a reasonable chance of success. [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas on Jan 2, 2017 - 8 answers

Help with Death

My father died last night after a very long illness. My brain isn't working well right now, so I'm asking the Hive Mind for some help. I think I have the basics under control for now, but it's the next couple of months that I need advice for. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Jan 1, 2017 - 17 answers

How to call out and back out of disingenuous political conversation

I am looking forward to spending Christmas with my extended family, but dreading political conversations. I'd like a way to back out of any political conversation raised by relatives. I want to be crystal clear that I am not engaging anymore with disingenuous arguing. [more inside]
posted by whodatninja on Dec 20, 2016 - 27 answers

Dating and family post-divorce

Finally dipping my toes back in the waters after years of separation and divorce proceedings (see previous AskMe posts ...). I don't need dating tips as such - it seems complicated at this age and stage in my life - what I am really interested in here is what happens if any dating turns into something more serious, and how to bring a partner into an existing household with a kiddo. So: How can I think about introducing any new partner to the current household? Thank you! [more inside]
posted by life moves pretty fast on Dec 15, 2016 - 7 answers

Should I move to my family farm?

My partner and I are very seriously thinking about moving to my family farm once our lease is up here in the big city next May. In short, we want to homestead/farm. We are not preppers. We enjoy animals, nature and working hard with our hands. We have savings. Yes, I know how hard farming is. I'm experienced. My partner is a carpenter. We are growing weary of life in the city, find ourselves to be somewhat reclusive and disenchanted with our daily routines. We would also like to be closer to our families. [more inside]
posted by chimeling on Dec 14, 2016 - 45 answers

Monetary gifts for family

This has been a rough year for our family, and several people have had to deal with extended medical problems, including hospitalizations. We have helped in many ways, including making substantial financial gifts. We are fortunate in that we have the money, and it is not a hardship for us. The problem is that I can't help worrying about family dynamics. [more inside]
posted by oryelle on Dec 10, 2016 - 8 answers

Fantastic Gift for the Entire Family

Mefites, I need your imaginative ideas for a Christmas gift for the whole family! They make their home in the San Francisco penninsula (Redwood City) [more inside]
posted by IpsoFacto on Dec 8, 2016 - 11 answers

Solving multiple shared event/calendar woes?

What are your solutions for sharing calendars with multiple people? The issue that I am encountering is that I have specific events that are relevant to share with more than one person, but those people would not/should not share the same calendar. So on my end that looks like multiple copies of the same event cluttering up MY calendar. HELP. [more inside]
posted by stefnet on Dec 8, 2016 - 6 answers

In Post-Soviet Russia, media trumps you

How do I communicate to my older leftist American friends and relatives that criticism of Russian propaganda and international meddling is not neo-McCarthyism? [more inside]
posted by moonlight on vermont on Dec 4, 2016 - 11 answers

How even do you talk to people?

Being around actual people over Thanksgiving weekend showed me exactly where my weaknesses are in conversation. While I'm keenly interested in others' lives, I have no idea how to express such without feeling like I'm conducting an interrogation over pumpkin pie. [more inside]
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess on Nov 30, 2016 - 17 answers

After the Accident

My father committed a serious lapse in judgment and now wants to act like nothing's changed. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 24, 2016 - 15 answers

gift idea future bro-in-law

What should I get my future brother-in-law for Christmas- he's a farmer, it's my first time at the family Christmas. [more inside]
posted by freethefeet on Nov 24, 2016 - 23 answers

My brother is becoming radicalized; how do I bring him back?

So, following this election and its disastrous results, I've decided to heed the calls of liberal commentators and take some responsibility for talking to my family who contributed to it. Specifically, I want to connect with my younger brother and bring him back from the brink of anti-government militia-like conspiracy thought. [more inside]
posted by inky_the_pinky on Nov 23, 2016 - 10 answers

How do I Thanksgiving now?

Tomorrow, family Ruki will be spending Thanksgiving with at least three out of four Trump voters. My immediate instinct is to walk out if the Trump praising begins, but that would be bad for family relations (although good for me and Kid Ruki's well being). How do I get through this?
posted by Ruki on Nov 23, 2016 - 20 answers

Do I save my father, or save myself? Can/should I do both?

My father was going to use all of the money in our joint savings account on a business. The money was originally intended for me; I just survived a mental health crisis that almost killed me, resigned from my job, broke up with my SO, and am recovering at one of my sister's homes in a new state. So I seized what was left of it And? From what I can extrapolate from a relative, now homeless and too prideful to go get help. I don't know what to do. Snowflakey and complications inside. [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Nov 20, 2016 - 26 answers

Should I ask my parents if they voted for Trump?

My dad and stepmom are historically conservative, but not Obama-hating Bible-thumpers. I am hoping they held their noses and voted for Hillary (or at least Johnson) but I fear the worst. I am a trans gay guy, which they know, and a Trump administration will be likely disaster for me and my friends. I have been physically ill with stress since the election and seeing my family is making me more anxious. Should I ask them? Or how can I function without knowing? [more inside]
posted by AFABulous on Nov 18, 2016 - 59 answers

Away We Go - It's The Final Countdown

We're looking to relocate our family and have narrowed down our options (with the help of Metafilter) to Buenos Aires (Argentina), Toronto (Canada) and Melbourne (Australia). We've done our due diligence with on-line research, but we'd like to hear some personal anecdotes/experiences from people who've lived, worked or traveled to any of the above. [more inside]
posted by givennamesurname on Nov 16, 2016 - 16 answers

Thanksgiving aka Presidential Debate round IV

Holding my head up high at Thanksgiving, with the majority of my relatives as Hillary supporters. But, of course, there's at least ONE person who is fiscally conservative and has been following conservative & libertarian blogs / news. I can't turn back time, but I intend to fight misinformation as much as I can at the dinner table. [more inside]
posted by hampanda on Nov 15, 2016 - 14 answers

Resources for student/family Thanksgiving discussions?

I'm on the faculty at a small liberal arts college, and I'm hoping you can point me toward resources to help students get through this post-election Thanksgiving break. [more inside]
posted by brozek on Nov 15, 2016 - 3 answers

Comfort when your hero "dies."

Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by weeyin on Nov 13, 2016 - 14 answers

Does this behavior have an actual designation?

For my entire life, my dad has enjoyed (as far as I can tell) needling me, winding me up, essentially picking a fight over politics. When I heard this Story Corps story, I cried because it felt so close to home. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on Nov 13, 2016 - 16 answers

How to Have Difficult Conversations

What do we already know about how to talk with people who are closed-minded to own own (admittedly pretty close-minded) points of view? [more inside]
posted by 10ch on Nov 11, 2016 - 7 answers

My mother is "Minnesota Nice" and it is driving me crazy

My mother (my kids' grandma) drives me crazy. She acts like she is interested in her grandkids, but honestly she wants nothing to do with them. How do I respond to her constant texts asking how everyone is doing if she really doesn't care and isn't going to help and is just texting out of guilt? [more inside]
posted by tangomija on Nov 11, 2016 - 48 answers

Understanding the Trump-Voting Relatives

Yes, I saw this question. My question is somewhat different - I AM planning on attending Thanksgiving with a mostly Trump-voting family, and am trying to figure out how to discuss the things that will undoubtedly come up in a way that allows me to understand their point of view (whether it's rational or not), and effectively communicate my point of view. [more inside]
posted by Jaclyn on Nov 10, 2016 - 24 answers

What practical things do I need to be concerned about?

South Asian female permanent resident with African American citizen partner - we have a child together. How concerned should I be about our future prospects in this country? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2016 - 27 answers

A Donald Trump Thanksgiving?

I'm in the "racists and murderers" group, according to our President elect, and though I am a US citizen, he has promised to deport 11 million people who look like me. I incredibly angry and upset at the results of the election. My family is not in my ethnic group, and voted for this person. I've been invited to Thanksgiving, which I go to pretty much every year. It's an eight hour drive each way, along with a long weekend, and I only see them a couple times per year. Snowflakes inside, but should I go? [more inside]
posted by cnc on Nov 9, 2016 - 36 answers

Away We Go - Again?

Almost three years ago, we asked for suggestions of family-friendly, queer friendly, and senior friendly locales to set down roots. In light of recent events we'd like to revisit the question, but with a specific focus on areas outside the USA - though if you know of/live in a particularly staunch bastion of of our criteria on our native soil, we'd still like to hear about it! [more inside]
posted by givennamesurname on Nov 9, 2016 - 13 answers

How to host a visit from my estranged father to meet his grandchild

I haven't spoken to my father in 10 years. I now have a 22 month old and emailed him saying "Hey you have a grandkid. Come visit our town if you want to meet him." He wants to come for 4 days and stay at our house. I already know such a request is more than I could handle but I don't know what to tell him is more appropriate or logistically feasible. How do I plan this visit so that I don't cry too much or feel suffocated by awful feelings the whole time? [more inside]
posted by beekept on Nov 7, 2016 - 15 answers

How to Preschooler: Getting Dressed Edition

Our charming and funny three-year-old has chosen getting dressed as her battlefield for asserting her independence. This is...not good. While we have plenty of time to eat and play and enjoy our family in the mornings. But lately we have been spending that time battling over whether mini-rainbow will wear clothes to school. We adults always win, but not without feeling like we have already maxed out our interpersonal patience reserves. We both work in people-centric jobs so it would be helpful if we could leave the house in a better interpersonal space. [more inside]
posted by songs_about_rainbows on Nov 7, 2016 - 33 answers

Relationship bridge with older siblings

I've always felt like the odd (wo)man out when it comes to my siblings. Past attempts to address this have not gone over well. We're all regionally co-located again and I'm upset by missing out on another meet up that I would have gleefully attended if invited. What can I do to change this situation? [more inside]
posted by toomanycurls on Nov 6, 2016 - 19 answers

The long (and expensive) road back to school...

As a follow up to my previous question, I'm thinking that going back to school for a masters in public health would be the most rewarding solution. Advice on weighing the pros and cons of this decision appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Everydayville on Nov 1, 2016 - 3 answers

Creating a grandparent journal... for someone else.

Help me help my aunt and uncle create a memory journal for their grandkids. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Oct 26, 2016 - 4 answers

Al Capone's hidden son, or was this whole theory a fraud to sell books?

I fell down a bit of a Wikipedia rabbit hole today: Al Capone and his family. As in, whatever became of Al Capone's son? Along the way I unexpectedly found some stuff from 2009-2010 about a dude who claims he's Al Capone's grandson by a second and unacknowledged son, despite acknowledged Capone family members and assorted historians to the contrary. And other than several interviews from 2009-2010, plus a single book Christopher Knight Capone published in 2012, I can't find out much. [more inside]
posted by easily confused on Oct 25, 2016 - 3 answers

My parents forgot I was raped - really confused about how to proceed

So, in the wake of all the conversation about triggers/sexual assault happening in the USA right now, I shared an article about how this campaign has been demoralizing to survivors of sexual assault and briefly mentioned my own story (basically, I was sexually assaulted by an acquaintance. My parents responded to my post saying "WHY DID YOU NEVER TELL US?" The thing is, I did. 10 years ago. And 3 years ago. And I have no idea how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by socktothepuppet on Oct 25, 2016 - 29 answers

What you said upset me, because I actually do care

On the phone the other day, my mom, after complaining (perhaps justifiably) that I didn't call her enough, said, "Sometimes, I think you don't really care that you have a family." I can't stop thinking about this and I want to figure out a way to address it with her. [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate on Oct 24, 2016 - 28 answers

After seperation with child, do you consider ex family still?

I have been seperated, and have lived seperately for 3 months from my ex, we have a 14 month old daughter. Looking through my past questions, it's clear I have a hard time setting and sticking to boundaries, and especially hard now in this instance when I'm trying to co-parent with someone who acts as if we are still together, and tells his family we are, and doesn't really listen or believe me when I say I have nothing left to give or hope for. Am I terrible for feeling as if he is not part of my family and I don't want to be part of his due to the fact that we are seperated now? [more inside]
posted by MamaBee223 on Oct 24, 2016 - 22 answers

Raising kids in a ski/ mountain town vs a large city??

We recently moved from Brooklyn to Lake Tahoe and love it... but we're starting a family soon and i'm freaking out a little. Is a small mountain/ski town really a great place to raise kids? Is it "better" than raising them in NYC? [more inside]
posted by nightdoctress on Oct 23, 2016 - 16 answers

What to get for the man who is giving us everything

My wonderful father is turning 70 next year, and for his birthday he is flying a big group of family and friends to Mexico to celebrate. He is covering most of the costs for everyone. I would like to coordinate a gift from the group - something really special - and I need ideas! Details inside... [more inside]
posted by GoldenEel on Oct 20, 2016 - 9 answers

i've got major mama drama, and i need help

I grew up with two severely mentally ill parents, but my mother's rejection is what has scarred me for life. Details within.. [more inside]
posted by a knot unknown on Oct 17, 2016 - 17 answers

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