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Help, need to get out of my "slump"!

Worried about my emotional well-being, and my future. Need some good Metafilter advice.... I am a 34 y/o female who is gainfully employed and generally self-sufficient (own my own home, car, take care of the house, etc.) but I am extremely lonely and feel more and more isolated everyday. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 25, 2009 - 29 answers

Train watching in Philadelphia

It's a lovely Fall day. Where's a good place to take some young 'uns train watching in Philadelphia? The priority is on lots of trains, up close. I don't mind paying to get on a platform. Proximity to West Philly a bonus. Thank you!
posted by carter on Oct 25, 2009 - 6 answers

There must be 50 ways to leave your employer... right?

Should I get out of this uncomfortable job? Complication: nepotism. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 23, 2009 - 12 answers

What practical things can you do to help loved ones caught in a cycle of poverty

As a follow-up to this question I asked last week... What *practical* things have you done as a loved one of friends or family that were struggling financially or were stuck in a cycle of poverty. Have you loaned money? Paid bills? Helped them write a budget? Let them move in? Bought them groceries? Filled up their gas tank? There must be other things I'm not thinking about. What advice would you give to a parent whose adult child was floundering?
posted by jeffreyclong on Oct 22, 2009 - 14 answers

My Teenage Daughter Said I'm Untrustworthy. WTF?

How do I cope with my angry teenage daughter? After an somewhat nonsensical rant about how hard her life is (I wanted to chat with her about applying to colleges and how the process was going), she dropped the bomb that she doesn't trust me and therefore doesn't have to talk to me. [more inside]
posted by dzaz on Oct 18, 2009 - 39 answers

I don't know what to do with my family.

It's Sunday morning. My wife is surfing the Net. My 14-year-old stepson is playing World of Warcraft. My 5-year-old mildly autistic daughter is watching Cinderella. This works, sort of. But it doesn't feel like being a family. [more inside]
posted by musofire on Oct 18, 2009 - 56 answers

My family moved across the country without me, and make me feel guilty about not joining them.

My whole family moved and they want me to join them. But I hate where they live. How can I get them to respect my decision to stay? [more inside]
posted by blackcatcuriouser on Oct 15, 2009 - 27 answers

Am I My Brother's Keeper?

My parents are divorced; my father has custody of my younger brother, but is leaving the country for a few years for work. He wants me to live with and take care of my 16 year old brother until he graduates from HS. I love my brother, but I have some objections and I’m not sure how to handle this. (long explanation inside!) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 15, 2009 - 60 answers

How can I forgive my mother for losing some of my most treasured items?

How can I forgive my mother for losing some of my most treasured items? This may sound like a stupid/trivial problem but it's really eating away at me inside. [more inside]
posted by starpoint on Oct 13, 2009 - 56 answers

How can I follow my dreams without upsetting my parents?

How can I follow my dreams without upsetting my parents? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 12, 2009 - 31 answers

Moving an immovable mother

How can I get my mom to go to her colonoscopy? [more inside]
posted by Marky on Oct 11, 2009 - 17 answers

My parents are moving to my sister's city

My parents are looking to buy a house two streets from my sister, and I feel really hurt. Should I say anything? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 6, 2009 - 36 answers

To Leave or Not to Leave My Life Behind?

To Leave or Not to Leave My Life Behind? [more inside]
posted by simpleton on Oct 5, 2009 - 18 answers

Being an adult sucks. Can I be 18 again?

Help me/us gain perspective about working while in school, please! [more inside]
posted by lizjohn on Sep 30, 2009 - 20 answers

I need a kind soul in South Korea to find school records of a woman born in 1937

I need a kind soul in South Korea to find school records of a woman born in 1937, to help us begin our search for the birth family of our adopted cousin. [more inside]
posted by cda on Sep 30, 2009 - 16 answers

My inappropriate attention spidey sense is tingling

When I was a young girl, my brother's best friend made very inappropriate advances to me. My brother and his family are visiting this friend on the weekend, and I have a concern about how the friend will behave to my young niece. There are complications over what I should do … [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 29, 2009 - 43 answers

Should I stay near my parents or move away?

Go to graduate school with Favorite teacher and move away, or go to graduate school with less than favorite teacher and stay close to family? [more inside]
posted by mrgreyisyelling on Sep 28, 2009 - 12 answers

Fun group project ideas for ages 4-64?

I'm looking for ideas for a project that 8-10 relatives can casually contribute to over the course of 2.5 days. Ideally it will be something fun to do, not simply something nice to look at after the fact. We are artists, writers, musicians, teachers, engineers, cooks, and kids ages 4-64. [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl on Sep 28, 2009 - 8 answers

Explaining Dysfunction and Estrangment to the Mayberry Set.

How to explain family estrangement to in-laws and other folks? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2009 - 23 answers

How do I re-start/maintain a relationship with my father while my mother is cheating on him and he doesn't know?

How do I re-start/maintain a relationship with my father while my mother is cheating on him and he doesn't know? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 23, 2009 - 14 answers

We want to be together for life - but we think marriage is weird. Help?

To wed or not to wed: that is [sort of] the question. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 22, 2009 - 82 answers

What do you call your cousin's cousin's cousin's kids?

I need an argument settled over the proper title for each of these relatives: (1) Your great-aunt's children, (2) Your cousin's children. Are they both called second cousin or cousin once removed, or something completely different?
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) on Sep 19, 2009 - 20 answers

CD downer

I'm having a problem installing Family Tree Maker 2010 - and I am getting an error message I don't understand. [more inside]
posted by chickaboo on Sep 10, 2009 - 11 answers

Facing Death: Breaking the News

Facing death: I have received a medical estimate of dying within a year, but this is known only to me (within my circle of family and friends, including my wife). I am so lost as to how to break the news in a caring, non-stressful way. [more inside]
posted by potato on Sep 7, 2009 - 37 answers

How do I cope with my grieving Mom?

My mother's grief is overwhelming me. How do I keep my cool? [more inside]
posted by Monsters on Sep 5, 2009 - 25 answers

'Forced Visitation' - similar to 'Mandatory Rehabilitation'?

Should she make the kids see the dad? The kids do not want to go and there is not a visitation order in place. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 2, 2009 - 22 answers

help it all go away

Bad memories are interrupting my life. What do I do and how do I cope with it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 2, 2009 - 19 answers

A Rosensweigelheimer By Any Other Name ...

Planning to change my last name, which isn't a common thing for men to do. Not sure what reactions to expect from colleagues and peers. How can I best deal with potential social stigma and explanations of reasoning involved? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 31, 2009 - 15 answers

Please help me reply to my mom's email concerning Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

My mom sent me an email today acknowledging for the very first time (that I am aware of) that she experiences symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder. I would like to write the best response that I can to her, with some links or information about possible next steps. I don't want to screw this up, please help me help her! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 30, 2009 - 8 answers

Welcome in Timonium?

I am one half of a lesbian couple with small children thinking of moving out of Baltimore and out to the suburbs. So far Timonium looks like the best bet. Will we be welcome there? [more inside]
posted by lodie6 on Aug 27, 2009 - 3 answers

Interrupting an adoption?

My parents want to give up the teenager they adopted a few years ago. Can they do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 26, 2009 - 23 answers

I am not *your* code monkey

I am a web developer and often find myself in situations where acquaintances, friends and family request that I build web sites or web store for free or extremely cheap. How do I handle these tedious requests? How have you handled them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 23, 2009 - 31 answers

Help us call shenanigans at our wedding reception!

Asking for a friend: We want to do something interesting at our wedding reception, some fun "shenanigans" that will help break the ice amongst our guests (about five tables of eight people apiece). [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead on Aug 22, 2009 - 15 answers

Where to go for a Humble Retirement

In twenty-five years i'll be retiring with my minimal social security benefits and medicare to keep me briefly going. I've got no savings right now, but I'm almost done paying my debts. I rent. I want somewhere tiny, a bungalow with a kitchen, perhaps a tiny garden, stonking bandwidth, maybe near a lake, maybe near a wood, but really not so much. I just want to whittle sticks, greet neighbours, not climb stairs, and hack on code. I don't mind renting again until i die. Where should I move in the US, and when? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 22, 2009 - 6 answers

How do I be an ally to the conversationally overpowered?

How do I be an ally to the conversationally overpowered? [more inside]
posted by baxter_ilion on Aug 16, 2009 - 12 answers

As an adult, do you still get help from you parents? In your family, what's the cost of money?

Money and family. It gets sticky. Moving towards financial independence, and wondering how other people deal with money and their families. What's the rub? [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 on Aug 16, 2009 - 62 answers

Law school or family?

My husband is a 1L at a top-ten school, and we have a 16-month-old daughter. I'm a former librarian staying at home for now, taking a couple of classes in the fall. Finals are next week, and he wants me to take care of our daughter full time or take her away altogether. Is this reasonable? Am I being selfish for asking him to help me out an hour a day? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2009 - 122 answers

Worried about my grandparents.

My grandparents are getting to the age where they need some professional assistance, but they're very resistant to the idea of leaving their home or hiring anyone. How can we convince them that this is an appropriate step at this point in their lives? [more inside]
posted by ripple on Aug 13, 2009 - 9 answers

Help me help them now that she's passed on

My grandmother died this morning. I'm going home to help out the family, but I would like to make a list of things I might not remember before I leave so that we don't forget anything. [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Aug 12, 2009 - 23 answers

Anxiety and announcing the unplanned pregnancy

How to announce an unplanned pregnancy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2009 - 40 answers

Family troubles

Moving (back) in with family or not? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2009 - 12 answers

How to recover from a relapse

As an addict, have you dealt with a hidden relapse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 6, 2009 - 16 answers

Escaping the Destination Wedding

My half-sister is getting married. I really don't want to go to the wedding. Can I get out if it without appearing dreadfully rude? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2009 - 32 answers

Rules for a Parent in a New Relationship?

It's been almost three years since my mother died, and my father has slowly been working himself back into seeing new people, but it's starting to cause major family drama. I'm 23 and live on my own in a different city, so this doesn't bother me much. But my 17 year old sister still lives with him, and she's really upset that this is going on. To make matters worse, the latest person he's seeing is my sister's favorite teacher from school. What can my dad do to ease this transition for my sister? What do both people deserve here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2009 - 34 answers

I want to have my cake and eat it, too!

Posting for a friend: Is it possible to go to law school, find the "one", and have a family, or do I just have to pick one? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus on Jul 30, 2009 - 31 answers

What do to in nyc this saturday?

Where can I bring my very picky sister this Saturday night, in NYC? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Jul 28, 2009 - 23 answers

Unplanned Intervention over. Now what?

Unplanned Intervention over. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 27, 2009 - 5 answers

How do I deal with extended family that I find emotionally draining?

How do I deal with my extended family if every moment I spend with them results in emotional turmoil and descents into deep depression much like their own? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 25, 2009 - 23 answers

I feel bad, but I feel like I need some space when I'm visiting my very sick father

Is it okay if I don't stay with my grandmother when I go visit my sick father? [more inside]
posted by DuckGirl on Jul 24, 2009 - 9 answers

Family Political Problem

How to deal with a bullying uncle who hates liberals. [more inside]
posted by samsaunt on Jul 23, 2009 - 58 answers

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