So I log onto facebook for the first time in weeks today and see my brother has posted this image and my mother has "liked" it. Nothing that was done to us as kids would qualify as spanking (punched in the side of the head very often, welts on skin, bruises, dad threatening my sister with a kitchen knife, holding us off the ground by our necks, locking us in the bathroom and hitting us for half an hour for eating the wrong yoghurt from the fridge, knocked over if we ever spoke back to them etc). My brother was actually very rarely hit and it stopped altogether when mum threatened to divorce dad after he hit my brother badly one time. (No such luck for us girls though). I'm SO ANGRY right now and want to react but don't know how it would improve anything. I feel like I'm being goaded but am trapped in how I handle this, with it being a public forum all my friends can see. Please Mefi help me stay calm and do this right (even if that means doing nothing). [more inside]
I have a bunch of first cousins, aunts, and uncles whom I've never met (or if I did I was too young to remember). Both of my parents had falling outs with their siblings and haven't had contact with them for decades. How can I best connect with these folks without stepping on landmines? [more inside]
How to respond to out-of-the-blue "reconnecting" attempts from estranged family? [more inside]
My cousin puts all her business on Facebook. She's around 18 years old and puts all sorts of drama on her wall, mainly centered around her boyfriend. I'm concerned not only for her well-being with this guy but also finding a decent job once she decides to grow up. She's very cool and comfortable with me. Is there any way, I can approach her with this, without making her feel like a 2-year-old?
What do you call your brother-in-law's mom? [more inside]
You know those facebook friends who you rarely hear from? How weird is it to ask them why it is you never hear from them? [more inside]
What do you say to children of your exes that find you on Facebook? Bisexual three-way snowflake details inside. [more inside]
A fundy Muslim father (and his extended family) with strong religious & cultural beliefs vs. his adult daughter's facebook account. How do I reconcile this? [more inside]
My wife's twenty-something cousin is plagiarizing poems via her Facebook page. We noticed. What next? [more inside]
What's the etiquette for contacting a cousin I haven't spoken to in eight years on facebook? How exactly to do it? Is it a bad idea? Unique circumstances inside. [more inside]
Facebook's forcing me to deal with a family rift. [more inside]
My white nephew hangs out with Neo-Nazis. My kids are black. Help me deal with this family mess. [more inside]
Argh! I just found my dad on facebook. Do I add him as a friend? I feel I should, but I feel a bit odd about it. further info, I'm mid-thirties, and he's twice my age.
I think my cousin's being an idiot and it may come back to haunt him down the line. What can/should I do? [more inside]