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Dad, may I have your DNA?

Would it be worthwhile to preserve a sample of my parents' DNA, with their permission, in case I ever need it for genetic testing of myself or my family? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 26, 2008 - 9 answers

How do I set up a shared blog that my parents can post to via email?

How do I set up a shared blog that my parents can post to via email? (caveats follow) [more inside]
posted by jcruelty on Jan 24, 2008 - 9 answers

Where to stay for family vacation near Cancun?

Family vacation to Cancun area - where should we stay? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Jan 20, 2008 - 7 answers

Where to vacation with the whole kaboodle

I need some help in planning a vacation for a large number of people. [more inside]
posted by repoman on Jan 17, 2008 - 5 answers

I'm my mother's favorite. Now what?

My mother recently told me I'm her favorite child. How can I deal with the guilt? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2008 - 41 answers

Long Distance Parenting

Looking for positive experiences where single parent and young child(en) were separated by great distances. Specifically, I am curious to know how it was made to work. [more inside]
posted by panoptican on Jan 3, 2008 - 9 answers

bah humbug

My family members decided to suddenly start celebrating Christmas this year. I feel weird about it. Help me deal with these changes. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 31, 2007 - 27 answers

Help me be the best aunt ever!

I'm going to be an aunt, but I can't stand my nephew-to-be's parents. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 29, 2007 - 16 answers

Help me figure out the next step with my dad.

Have you ever explicitly told your dad, or any parent, that for your own emotional well-being you need time away from them? Have you ever wanted to? Is there any way to do this? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Dec 28, 2007 - 30 answers

How do I discreetly research a family member's suicide?

Earlier this year, my cousin shot himself. I'd been estranged from him for several years, but we used to be close. How do I go about getting information about his death and about the last few years of his life? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Dec 28, 2007 - 7 answers

Playing therapist to parents? Never again.

Imminently divorcing parents, naive and idealistic father, playing therapist to adults - the works. Help me not hate my family! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 27, 2007 - 23 answers

Too much rain, need sun and fun

Mid-February one-week vacation in the southwest U.S. Daughter will be turning five and we want to focus on awe-inspiring natural areas (accessible to non-hiking inclined girl) and sunshine. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by strangeleftydoublethink on Dec 27, 2007 - 8 answers

Help the Old People Blog

I gifted my family a Wordpress blog (it's all up and designed and everything). I want a virtual center for our family that now spans the globe and can't get together often. However, how can I get the older coots to not only understand WHAT a blog is but how to use it. They use the interwebs. But only to look up the goofy stuff old people like - like when Murder She Wrote is on. Or to hate on George Bush. But not so much to interact. More inside. [more inside]
posted by tkchrist on Dec 23, 2007 - 14 answers

family vacations in tulum mexico?

Family and extended family vacation in Tulum area of Mexico? [more inside]
posted by malphigian on Dec 23, 2007 - 6 answers

I screwed up; how to minimize the family drama at Christmas?

I missed my two brothers-in-laws' birthdays, and one of my sisters is mad at me. I'll see everyone at Christmas. Help me make things right and prevent family drama. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 21, 2007 - 24 answers

We love Mom, but don't want her going with us on vacation.

How can we avoid hurting my Mom's feelings? Or should we take her with us? [more inside]
posted by capcuervo on Dec 21, 2007 - 54 answers

An interesting gift for Random Young Bachelor?

Looking for gift ideas for A Single Guy, with essentially no other information. What to get my dad's wife's son for the gift exchange? [more inside]
posted by booknerd on Dec 21, 2007 - 30 answers

Worry about tomorrow today, or tomorrow?

Relationshipfilter: I'm agnostic. She's Christian. We've been dating for four months. We fit eachother well and are very happy together, but of course clash over our deeply-held ideologies. Should we worry about the ideological clashes now, or be happy with eachother now and worry about how to raise the kids if/when we have kids? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 20, 2007 - 76 answers

Looking to buy an experience

Help me find an hour or two of extravagance in Los Angeles [more inside]
posted by Ziggurat on Dec 19, 2007 - 11 answers

Any Family Law Recommendations for California Bay Area?

Any recommendations for family law attorneys in the California Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by brool on Dec 18, 2007 - 2 answers

Help me be a cool older cousin and get awesome gifts for a 14 and 15 year old.

Help me find gifts for remarkably un-greedy teenage girls: they are 14 and 15, and absolutely refuse to tell me what they want (I think their mother, my aunt, raised them too well.) [more inside]
posted by Mr Bunnsy on Dec 18, 2007 - 24 answers

Family Bike Route in SF?

Looking for ood bike rides for kids AND grownups in San Francisco? Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by asavage on Dec 17, 2007 - 12 answers

My mother-in-law thinks we're cheap!

My mother-in-law is under the impression that my wife and I are far wealthier than we actually are, and it's threatening to drive a wedge between us and the rest of her family. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 17, 2007 - 66 answers

You go, my brother! How to help?

My brother is about to achieve his dream and open a musicvenue/ restaurant / nightclub . I'm so very happy for him and want to offer encouragement. What would be a really good christmas gift in this vein? [more inside]
posted by mkim on Dec 16, 2007 - 10 answers

If there's drinking, crying and cops, well, then it must be Christmas

Should I go home for Christmas? (Warning: long family financial drama inside). [more inside]
posted by snickerdoodle on Dec 16, 2007 - 16 answers

Will my wife be eligible for Paid Family Leave?

My wife is pregnant and due in June. She works in health care and up until now has been working a few different part-time jobs, juggling shifts to get to more or less full-time equivalent. She is planning on taking paid family leave when the baby arrives. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 16, 2007 - 1 answer

How do I deal with death?

I've reached my late 20s without ever facing death. How do I deal with death when I know I will face it sooner or later? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 10, 2007 - 25 answers

Almost there ! Advice for late coming of age after family issues

Any good formulas /advice on how to get back on feet after emotional earthquake / epiphany ? (story inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 10, 2007 - 9 answers

How to arrange wedding invites around parental estrangement?

How to arrange wedding invites around parental estrangement? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey on Dec 10, 2007 - 9 answers

Get my Grandpa online!

Email machine for my Grandpa? Recently, several of my Grandfather's closest family members have moved away from him. We still communicate a lot on the phone, but I'd love him to be able to email us. [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on Dec 8, 2007 - 30 answers

Should I buy a house? This one? Now?

Should I buy a house? This one? Now? (Sticky family and personal issues involved.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2007 - 15 answers

How best to use my limited power in dealing with a family conflict

Crazy sister-in-law withholding grandchildren and making my parents miserable. Brother being a wuss about it. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 2, 2007 - 22 answers

How do I handle being listed as a fake reference?

A friend and somewhat distant in-law put me down as a reference without asking me. The problem is that she's faked my credentials (listing me as a manager rather than a peon) and has emailed me a 'back story' to give to the caller. That ain't all... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2007 - 27 answers

Advice on how to get through the holiday season without losing my mind and my temper?

What are your tips on surviving holiday family dysfunction? [more inside]
posted by pluckysparrow on Nov 21, 2007 - 45 answers

Help me help my dramatic sister.

How to help a person known for high drama... (long) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2007 - 21 answers

Birthday gift for a 19yo just out of rehab?

PostRehabFilter: A family member is getting out of rehab tomorrow and his birthday is on Thursday (turning 19). He will be returning to rehab after the holidays for a longer stay (starts last week in December) but until then he will be at home, attending NA meetings and seeing his counselor. He'll have A LOT of free time, but will be pretty much confined to the house. He is very artistic, extremely musically gifted and likes history and science. What should we get him for his birthday??? [more inside]
posted by hummercash on Nov 13, 2007 - 18 answers

A Christmas Story

I haven't spoken to my father in over two years. Today, my mother spoke to him. She sent an email asking me to call him and I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 12, 2007 - 37 answers

MOM U R L33T!!1!!one!!

How do I make sure I'm the absolute best son I can be? [more inside]
posted by TheManChild2000 on Nov 9, 2007 - 19 answers

Guest-list doom

My mother is making me choose between her and my best man. [more inside]
posted by randomination on Nov 6, 2007 - 75 answers

How do you explain divorce to an eight-year-old?

I'm at University and far removed from home geographically. My parents are planning on getting divorced soon and anyone semi-observant would've seen this coming years and years ago. Both wonderful people, both wholly incompatible. So what can I/they do for my adorably clueless, naive, 8-year old sister who still has no idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 4, 2007 - 14 answers

Big, bad wolf

How to handle my boyfriend's father? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2007 - 54 answers

How to avoid the holidays without causing a big riff in the family?

Is there a way to excuse oneself from family obligations during the holidays? A way that would minimize gossip and guilt-trips? Any successes out there? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 27, 2007 - 22 answers

Is the ultimate kitchen really called a "kitchen" anymore?

I'm doing a research project where I'm trying to envision the 'kitchen of the future' - the way to organise your kitchen/eating/etc area so that in 5, 10, and 20 years that it will work well for a busy family with kids. We do so much in our kitchens! A lot of people already consider it their homes' "command centre", where they spend a lot of their time and where people congregate. Help me out (please!) and let me know: - What do you do in your kitchen/eating area? - What do you wish you could do? Better, more easily, or at all? - What would your ultimate kitchen have - as far as setup and 'stuff' - to make it the ultimate centre of your home?
posted by Kololo on Oct 25, 2007 - 24 answers

I could tell your new girlfriend about the time we only THOUGHT you were potty-trained!

Help me be an awesome mom! [more inside]
posted by nax on Oct 19, 2007 - 36 answers

Can it be that it was all so simple then?

I am 28. I have a wife and an 11 year old daughter. I am going through a minor, yet stubborn crisis. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 18, 2007 - 32 answers

A sad coming-out story

I'm dealing with the fallout from coming out to my deeply religious immediate family. For years, I had prepared for their tears, their anger, their remonstrances, their appeals to the Bible, and all of those have come. What I hadn't prepared for was how disappointed I would be, and how fundamental and lonely that disappointment would be. Help? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 on Oct 16, 2007 - 38 answers

Quality intergenerational time that transcends disabilities

What activities can I initiate with my substantially-deaf, substantially-blind grandfather? [more inside]
posted by moreandmoreso on Oct 16, 2007 - 15 answers

What the hell is wrong with my brother?

My 20-year-old brother has cut off contact with me and our parents, dropped out of school, and dug himself into debt. One visit from our dad went well but made no actual difference. What the hell is going on, and should I bother visiting him? [more inside]
posted by moonlet on Oct 15, 2007 - 28 answers

Getting unwanted inlaws to go away

How do I handle a perceived threat from an inlaw, and get her and the rest of that family to just go away? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 14, 2007 - 37 answers

Mom needs to take care of herself more. Help me help her.

Caretaker (mom) almost completely neglects her personal health and life goals to help chronically ill but stable (dad). Her health is now declining. How do I help her understand that she needs to take better care of herself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 24, 2007 - 9 answers

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