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How can my dog and my brother and his kids get along?

Recently I got a dog. He's doing great, I'm doing great, it's been nearly 3 months since I got him from the shelter. Problem: He's meeting my brother and his kids, in a few weeks (family reunion weekend), and my brother has a strong fear, maybe even a phobia of dogs. What can I do to put him at ease, navigate the situation and help everyone get through this unscathed? [more inside]
posted by Elfasi on Mar 17, 2010 - 28 answers

How do I prepare for my mother's passing?

How do I prepare for my mother's passing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 15, 2010 - 17 answers

Please help me avoid being offensive!

Are the stupid jokes I made in an email offensive? [more inside]
posted by nowoutside on Mar 11, 2010 - 24 answers

Caught red handed in a Mefi-designed booby trap

Help me catch a thief in the act. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 9, 2010 - 32 answers

Did Family Guy Start the "cutaway to gag" trend?

What's the earliest tv show you can remember that used Family Guy - style cut-away/flashbacks? [more inside]
posted by esereth on Mar 8, 2010 - 18 answers

Family Tree Research, How?

My girlfriend has been doing a family history... [more inside]
posted by Splunge on Mar 7, 2010 - 18 answers

Will you Civil Partnership me? Yes! Shhhhhh!

We are getting civil partnership-ed, but don't want to let people know until after we have tied the knot....... have you done this, what were your families reactions afterwards? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 6, 2010 - 32 answers

Hum Rel/Law & Gov/Grab Bag: Is there Empirical Evidence of Benefits for the Child who is able to Interact with both Parents daily in a Divorced situation?

I need to find this. Very important to me. Is there empirical evidence relating to this question: Are there advantages for the children of divorced families being able to interact with both parents every day? If so, what are those benefits?--Again, in terms of citable evidence. [more inside]
posted by justrobin on Mar 5, 2010 - 3 answers

Big man scary!

My baby is terrified of her grandfather. What can we do to get her to like him a bit better? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Mar 2, 2010 - 19 answers

Can't Get Away

I've become enmeshed in my parent's problems to the extent I feel it's holding me back in life. How to get out? (Long) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 22, 2010 - 11 answers

How do I support my mother?

FinanceFilter: In a few months I will need to financially support my mother, who lives in another state. I am looking for advice on how to handle (practically and emotionally) being my mother's main financial support. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 22, 2010 - 14 answers

When is it the least harmful for kids to divorce?

Our kids are 2 and 5. Their mom and I have a marriage that is clearly only lasting because we both love our kids so much and they need us. That said, we do NOT fight, either in front of the kids or alone. We just have a big ol' blank where the love used to be. On a daily basis we just basically ignore each other as much as possible and focus our energies on the kids. I do not foresee this lasting forever. However: When to break up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 21, 2010 - 40 answers

My family hates my boyfriend that they don't want to meet

How can I deal with being in a relationship with a man I don't think my family will ever accept? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 20, 2010 - 22 answers

Help me be less ambitious.

Help me be figure out the proper level of ambition. I am in my second year out of law school. I have a year of big firm practice under my belt and am halfway through a one-year federal clerkship. It's about time for me to start (thinking about) looking for a post-clerkship job and I am torn between prioritizing prestige or my personal/family life. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 18, 2010 - 23 answers


Stressed out only grown up child of an on again/off again ill Mom. Is my extended family helping or hurting me? Lots [more inside]
posted by phox on Feb 16, 2010 - 7 answers

What are the duties of an uncle?

I'm about to become an uncle. What are my duties? [more inside]
posted by eeby on Feb 16, 2010 - 31 answers

family digital collage

I wish to make a digital family collage of 60 people. [more inside]
posted by noirnoir on Feb 16, 2010 - 6 answers

Helping a child that isn't mine

If you had $200 to help a child, what's the best way to spend that money? [more inside]
posted by GrubbyUtter on Feb 9, 2010 - 18 answers

What do you all want from me?

How can a teen deal with bothersome family elders while staying polite? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 7, 2010 - 37 answers

[relationship filter] How do I get my girlfriend to believe me when I say that I don't hate her family?

[relationship filter] How do I get my girlfriend to believe me when I say that I don't hate her family? [more inside]
posted by DrDreidel on Feb 5, 2010 - 26 answers

Familial contents under pressure.

How do I help the members of my immediate family to accept that I have a casual relationship with family members that have been effectively disowned? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 4, 2010 - 37 answers

How do I deal with casual racism at family gatherings?

My brothers-in-law tell racist and homophobic jokes at family gatherings. This makes me and my husband uncomfortable. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 30, 2010 - 36 answers

Let's sell our house without getting screwed.

Should my aunt also be my realtor? [more inside]
posted by chihiro on Jan 29, 2010 - 21 answers

An area for potential jealousy... do I compromise or drop him?

Theoretical relationship filter: Would my boyfriend be a jealous freak if he told me he doesn't like or want me getting theraputic massages from my cousin's husband who's a licensed masseuse? [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Jan 28, 2010 - 36 answers

[Family Vacation Filter]

[Family Vacation Filter] What fun and family friendly ideas are there for a family of hipsters to go a spring vacation that's within 4-7 hour drive of Baton Rouge, LA? [more inside]
posted by lrkuperman on Jan 28, 2010 - 9 answers

How do I look into a murder from the 60's with little data to go on?

How do I look into a murder from the 60's with little data to go on? Do I go straight to the poilice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 20, 2010 - 16 answers

Raising pre-teens really IS hell

I need help sorting out if my son is behaving like a typical pre-teen or if he completely flipped the hell out. My oldest son turned 12 a couple months ago and now I have no idea who this child is. I'm at a loss to know what's normal for this age and what I should be concerned about. Books and the Internet are all over the map, so maybe the hive mind can help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2010 - 67 answers

My young-ish aunt has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Now what?

My 50-something aunt has been tentatively diagnosed with a form of Parkinson's disease. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2010 - 5 answers

How high is too high?

The good news is that my wife is 3 months pregnant! The bad news is that we live at the top of a 6th floor walk up in NYC and have to move. Please tell us what is the highest manageable floor we can live on in our new apartment and still be able to reasonably deal with our small dog, the pregnancy, and then the baby and stroller. [more inside]
posted by avex on Jan 9, 2010 - 21 answers

What are these Dutch words I grew up hearing?

Please help me learn more about these Dutch words I heard while growing up. [more inside]
posted by bristolcat on Jan 8, 2010 - 12 answers

Paging Mary Poppins for adults....

How do I help my aunt (who has largely undiagnosed mental illness issues) avoid homelessness? Do they make nannies for adults? (details below) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 7, 2010 - 4 answers

Do Germans laugh at this sort of thing?

How are ethnic jokes and the like on Family Guy (et al) translated for the joked-about audience? [more inside]
posted by ethnomethodologist on Jan 7, 2010 - 22 answers

Dad, please stop beating a dead horse.

I am a paralegal. No matter what I say, my father continually reminds me that if I went to law school I would have a better job, make more money, etc. If I say anything remotely intelligent, he automatically responds, "See, you should go to law school." Please help me make him understand that I don't want to go back to school, and his nonstop pestering only makes me feel stupid and inadequate. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 6, 2010 - 54 answers

Where do you go when you've won a free vacation for your family and you could go anywhere?

Great news! My family has won a $6,000 1-week vacation through my work. Unfortunately, we can’t take the trip until Christmas (2010) but I have to book and pay for the trip by the end of this month. Help! I need kid-friendly suggestions that will also provide some much needed R&R for two exhausted and stressed-out parents. [more inside]
posted by victoriab on Jan 6, 2010 - 22 answers

How to help a crazy person?

Parent with mental issues (in Maryland) at end of her rope... how do I help without enabling or having to provide long-term financial support? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 4, 2010 - 8 answers

What can I find solace in?

I'm a non-religious male currently going through a really rough patch. I have no family or friends I can depend on. Is there something to lean on for comfort during this hard time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 30, 2009 - 42 answers

He IS heavy, he's my brother

I'm closing the family bank/charity. What do I say when the next sibling asks for a "loan"? [more inside]
posted by sfkiddo on Dec 26, 2009 - 29 answers

How to entertain parents you don't get along with?

Activities to do in San Francisco for mellow people... [more inside]
posted by thegreatcokeolympics on Dec 22, 2009 - 21 answers

Am I crazy to offer a gift of financial planning services to my cousins?

My Aunt, Uncle and cousins have never been good with money, and have also never had well paying jobs. My Uncle has just inherited a (low) six-figure sum. Do I try to help them out by offering to build a financial plan for them? [more inside]
posted by RecalcitrantYouth on Dec 20, 2009 - 11 answers

Do I have to invite my father to the wedding?

Should I invite my estranged father to my wedding? [more inside]
posted by gauche on Dec 18, 2009 - 27 answers

Help me deal with my parents and their ass-eating dog.

HomeForTheHolidaysFilter: Help me deal with my parents and their ass-eating dog. [more inside]
posted by granted on Dec 16, 2009 - 29 answers

Help me stop mentally rolling my eyes all the time.

How can I get over my continual annoyance with a family member? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 14, 2009 - 21 answers

It's the least wonderful time of the year

How to handle an abusive, alcoholic family for Christmas - now and in years to come? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 14, 2009 - 40 answers

Santa would've brought gifts if given enough warning!

My family decided in November on not buying Christmas gifts this year as we are all adults and have what we need anyway. I get paid once a month and right now am living cheque to cheque. So I spent the money I had saved up on extra credit payments. Now they've changed their minds and all want gifts. I have 25 dollars to last me til the 30th. How do I get through this holiday without being as bitter as I am now? And not feel like a loser for no one having a gift? [more inside]
posted by beautifulcheese on Dec 12, 2009 - 27 answers

"But the wind goes right through you/It's no place for the old"

Christmas dinner in Toronto - need some crazy recommendations for something out of the ordinary. [more inside]
posted by rmm on Dec 8, 2009 - 3 answers

You're alien to me, but I love you anyway...

So, we don't clash outright (much), but we don't really talk either... [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha on Dec 8, 2009 - 19 answers

Flesh not an option

Help me have the most awesome themed gift this Christmas! A pound of _______ [more inside]
posted by Rallon on Dec 7, 2009 - 31 answers

Where should my family go skiing in the Pacific Northwest this winter?

Please recommend ski slopes for my family to learn to ski and snowboard in the Pacific Northwest this winter. [more inside]
posted by bluedaisy on Dec 2, 2009 - 9 answers

Wii games for all ages

I'm thinking about buying a Wii for my family this xmas. What are some titles that my parents (mid 50s) might enjoy playing with my niece and nephew (ages 3 and 5)?
posted by sonofslim on Dec 1, 2009 - 19 answers

Family Christmas

Christmas with parents or with friends? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2009 - 16 answers

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