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Is my mom really not eligible for FMLA?

Is my mom really not eligible for FMLA to take care of my sister when my sister gives birth? [more inside]
posted by Monday on Dec 27, 2008 - 13 answers

How can I leave my 90-something relatives behind?

How can I move out of my hometown and leave my elderly relatives all alone? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 26, 2008 - 11 answers

Go Small And Go Home

Help us cook a holiday feast for just the three of us. [more inside]
posted by scrump on Dec 23, 2008 - 13 answers

Add my dad on facebook friends?

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.
posted by singingfish on Dec 23, 2008 - 42 answers

Help me enjoy my family this christmas!

What techniques can you use to avoid falling into the family dynamic trap? By that I mean, for the first few hours/days everything's fine with parents and siblings, my identity is intact, but soon after, somehow, we're all playing the same parts we always played (we've all flown the nest)... I find it annoying how I find it difficult to rise above this. ie. feeling intimidated by my older brother, oddly belittled by my younger brother ignored by parents. I'm sure I'm a rather oversensitive middle child but I'm pretty sure I'm not the only factor! This year I am determined to enjoy my Christmas without the family dynamics crap. We're all old enough for this not to be a problem, surely? Futile perhaps, but maybe with your rather general advice I may be able to make inroads!
posted by yowza on Dec 21, 2008 - 33 answers

Help me help myself.

Help me piece my life back together. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 19, 2008 - 23 answers

Help me interview my parents for posterity.

How much time should I set aside to interview my parents for an oral history project? How many topics should I expect to cover? And who can I get to transcribe the video later? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Dec 16, 2008 - 6 answers

How do I celebrate a Messianic Hanukkah, while my family celebrates Xmas?

How do I celebrate my first Messianic Hanukkah? No one else in my family is Jewish, and they're trying to "make me" celebrate Xmas. [more inside]
posted by hasna on Dec 15, 2008 - 46 answers

Wedding (and general family) drama..

Wedding drama.. how do I cope with the aftermath of things said? [more inside]
posted by bleuberry on Dec 15, 2008 - 54 answers

How should I support my family after my dad's death?

My step-father died unexpectedly about two months ago, leaving behind my mother and my 13-year old sister. We are going through the 'normal' grieving process, but I am worried about my family and how they will get by. Is there anything that I can do to help and should I move closer to them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 11, 2008 - 6 answers

What's cool in England this year?

Christmasgiftfilter: I am in England. I'm looking for suggestions for little gifts to take to the American family. Or generic gift suggestion lists. [more inside]
posted by K.P. on Dec 11, 2008 - 37 answers

How do deal with a jealous spouse?

How do you deal with a spouse who is jealous of your friendships and family relationships? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 10, 2008 - 50 answers

A is for Apples to Apples, J is for Jelly Bellies...

Looking for a $15-25 white elephant gift that starts with the letter D [more inside]
posted by Rallon on Dec 9, 2008 - 25 answers

an anyone recommend a reference that might assist an adult family dealing with a traumatic situation decades after the event?

Can anyone recommend a reference that might assist an adult family dealing with a traumatic situation decades after the event? [more inside]
posted by worstkidever on Dec 7, 2008 - 8 answers

Still queer, thanks for asking!

Family holidays: some help at navigating not-so-subtle gender cues? [more inside]
posted by puckish on Dec 4, 2008 - 10 answers

We What? Pee Ess Who?

Which games console is best: Wii or PS3? [more inside]
posted by chuckdarwin on Dec 3, 2008 - 27 answers

How to mourn my still-living sister?

I'm mourning my sister. The catch? She isn't dead. She just isn't herself anymore. How do I go about this in a healthy way? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 2, 2008 - 22 answers

Help find our family a new board game!

Help me find a new board game to gift my family of sore winners. [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Dec 1, 2008 - 55 answers

How can I make this relationship "healthy?"

Things with my parents are not good right now due to what I (thought) was a reasonable (although mishandled) decision. I knew it would be hard but wasn't expecting this; how do we deal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2008 - 31 answers

How can I tolerate gatherings more?

With the holidays coming I find my inability to tolerate some family members and listen to the inane chatter that fills the room. I am often visually unhappy about the situation. How can I tolerate such gatherings in a way that at least makes it appear I'm not so unhappy? (Bonus points if I'm ACTUALLY not so unhappy). [more inside]
posted by arniec on Dec 1, 2008 - 28 answers

Looking for bargains on west coast family vacations

I've a two week break at Christmas, wife and two little kids, gas prices so cheap I'm thinking road trip. At first I thought we could do Disneyland but I'm not inclined to visit at the busiest time of year. Now I'm thinking maybe ski resorts might be offering good package deals due to the crummy economy. Where could we go, <1000 miles from Seattle, for a great family vacation at a bargain basement price?
posted by carterk on Nov 28, 2008 - 9 answers

Family attractions in Munich anyone?

Can anyone suggest good things to see and do for a young family visiting Munich this weekend for the first time? [more inside]
posted by sdevans on Nov 27, 2008 - 4 answers

Accessing Admin's Music from a Limited Account

MacFilter: How can I set up a user account that has access to my music on iTunes but nothing else? [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 on Nov 27, 2008 - 5 answers

How do we deal with an abusive brother-in-law after my sister decides to take him back?

My brother-in-law's domestic abuse is tearing my family apart and I really don't know what to do or how to handle the situation anymore. I need some advice. [more inside]
posted by csimpkins on Nov 26, 2008 - 54 answers

Should I be creeped out by my dad's relationship?

Last year my dad and my step-mother divorced after 20 years of marriage. It was not an easy break-up, and my dad was pretty devastated in its wake. While it was wrenching for me to think of my dad being alone in his mid-sixties, I cheered myself knowing that my dad, being a very smart, handsome, together guy with a whole lot of awesome qualities, is definitely a catch and would almost certainly end up with someone terrific. I always pictured him being with some fun, free-spirited woman, probably a widow, someone who could match his intellect, stand up to his occasional bull-headedness, and win the hearts of his kids. He’s now with with someone, alright, but not at all what I’d imagined or hoped for. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 25, 2008 - 50 answers

Mom loves Christmas, but the whole family can't afford it this year...

My sister and I want to do a gift-free Christmas. What rules should we set? And how do we break the news to our mom? She's big on bargain hunting and spoiling us, so we're sure she's not going to take this well. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 25, 2008 - 16 answers

I'm 26 and am very confused about whether or not I should extend my study abroad trip

My mother thinks I should stay home. I'm having an internal conflict about what I want to do. Whenever I tell myself I want to return to Copenhagen, I immediately doubt it and think I should return home. If I say I want to go home, I feel like I will regret not returning to Copenhagen forever. [more inside]
posted by starpoint on Nov 25, 2008 - 35 answers

How can one learn to be more patient and kind with an elderly family member who has a difficult personality?

How can one learn to be more patient and kind with an elderly family member who has a difficult personality? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Nov 23, 2008 - 8 answers

What simple Indian dish should I bring to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner?

I'm making Thanksgiving dinner with my American friend for her German host family. We want to share a little of our American "Thanksgiving culture" with them. My family in Maine always gets Indian carryout. What to do? [more inside]
posted by comfortinsound on Nov 23, 2008 - 12 answers

Amuse My Family in Florida around Christmas

I have family (parents and siblings, no young'ns) visiting me in South Florida around Christmas. How can I best entertain them? [more inside]
posted by Bokononist on Nov 21, 2008 - 8 answers

My little brother is in an abusive relationship. What do I do?

My little brother is in an abusive relationship. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2008 - 20 answers

Help me figure out how to deal with my sister-in-law!

Help me learn to deal with my sister-in-law without going crazy! (Long background inside) [more inside]
posted by alpha_betty on Nov 18, 2008 - 47 answers

Humorless sister-in-law!

Background: My brother & his wife live in her South American country. My parents and I live in the same town in the USA. My sister-in-law is visiting us as part of a business trip to America, and staying with my parents. The energy between myself and her could not be worse. [more inside]
posted by tarantula on Nov 18, 2008 - 17 answers

At what point do you disown your family?

My father told me the other night that he considers himself a "failure" because of how I've turned out. This, among other things, makes me not want to go home for Christmas break and makes me wonder if our relationship should continue at all. Am I blowing this out of proportion? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 11, 2008 - 56 answers

MYOB

I need some coping mechanisms for dealing with my boyfriend's meddling family. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 11, 2008 - 7 answers

The new guy at the table

How do I make my new-ish boyfriend feel at home with my family Thanksgiving weekend? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Nov 10, 2008 - 13 answers

I know Indiana isn't Mars, but it might as well be.

I'm nervous about spending Thanksgiving weekend with my boyfriend's Midwestern family out-of-state in Indiana. They're flying both of us out for Thursday-Sunday, and I want to be sure to make a good impression. Advice? [more inside]
posted by booknerd on Nov 10, 2008 - 54 answers

How can we keep anxiety down with uninvited vistors to the hospital?

New baby + uninvited family visitors = drama. More hormone-charged details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 9, 2008 - 64 answers

Adoption for adults?

What are the options for an adult who's intellectually mostly-normal but who needs a structured supportive program and training in life skills? Bit of a long story inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2008 - 20 answers

What are your examples of family jargon?

What are some examples of "family jargon"? For example, a friend's father once told a joke to his family that poked fun at the French. He concluded by saying, "Don't tell anyone from France." Now, within their family, "Don't tell anyone from France" means "Let's keep this between us"--and they say it even if the secret has nothing to do with the French. [more inside]
posted by Ms. Informed on Nov 7, 2008 - 112 answers

when a kid is shunned

My son, 9, likes math, playing music, computers, video. He's not athletic; he likes Wii Fit better than real sports. He's starting to get shunned by other boys: he seems nice and normal to me but I guess he's a geek to them. What do I do, besides support him in every way I can?
posted by anonymous on Oct 30, 2008 - 44 answers

When does my brother's drinking become my problem?

How do I help my mother deal with my sibling's alcohol use? [more inside]
posted by non sum qualis eram on Oct 26, 2008 - 17 answers

Which law school for family?

Law School Filter: OK, so my numbers put me as likely in at Chicago or Michigan (according to hourumd), which are my first choices. But which is best for my family? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2008 - 9 answers

Help us have fun at Lake Tahoe!

What should a gaggle of people of varying ages do in Lake Tahoe this summer? [more inside]
posted by oreonax on Oct 22, 2008 - 10 answers

New Career or Family or Both?

Ladies in your early to mid 30s: How do you choose what to focus on next - family or career? A lot more inside. [more inside]
posted by delladlux on Oct 21, 2008 - 19 answers

Should I sell my home?

Should I sell my home or not? (in Alberta, Canada) [more inside]
posted by burhan on Oct 20, 2008 - 8 answers

How to "stay in touch"?

How do you keep in touch with friends and relatives over long distances? [more inside]
posted by abdulf on Oct 19, 2008 - 12 answers

Child behavioral help in NOVA/DC area?

Need advice on child psychologist or family therapist in Northern Virginia/DC area. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2008 - 1 answer

parents say the darndest things

Help me compile a list of vintage hokey parental catchphrases. [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd on Oct 14, 2008 - 158 answers

what will I do without my parents?

I can't stop obsessing about my parents' mortality. Yes, I will probably seek therapy at some point, but for now it would be nice just to hear how others have dealt with this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 13, 2008 - 16 answers

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