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Should we give daughter special education or let her be who she is?

We are troubled as to whether or not we should put our daughter in a math special education program. The school has said she needs it, but she is adamant that she does not want to be seen as different. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on May 22, 2016 - 65 answers

Square peg meet square(ish) hole - ADD/ADHD edition

My family has ADD (primarily inattentive), we are pretty successful/functional considering, but it feels like a pretty constant struggle. We function by trying to force ourselves into a mold that doesn't fit. [more inside]
posted by The Shoodoonoof on May 12, 2016 - 20 answers

I want to make my wife feel better somehow

My wife's fairly down right now. How can I perk her up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 10, 2016 - 22 answers

What was life like for teenagers on Long Island in the late 1970s?

I'm brainstorming a YA novel that would be set in a wealthy Long Island suburb in 1979. What was life like for teenagers then? Anecdotes, stories, and book or movie suggestions welcome. [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Apr 26, 2016 - 16 answers

How to start doing literally anything.

The past two years have been pretty damn rough for me, but I feel like I'm ready to start being an adult again. Indecisiveness has turned me into a stagnant recluse and I simply can't live like this any longer. The problem is that I don't know where to start, so that's why I'm here. [more inside]
posted by omgkinky on Apr 10, 2016 - 35 answers

How messed up am I, exactly?

I would like to know whether I am a hopeless mess or simply too strict with myself. [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Apr 8, 2016 - 16 answers

How do I stop feeling overwhelmed?

Feeling completely overwhelmed with everything makes life hard to manage. [more inside]
posted by stormpooper on Apr 6, 2016 - 24 answers

Videos explaining the origin of life and evolution for very young kids.

I am struggling with explaining the origin of life, evolution and natural selection in a tangible way to my kids 4 & 5. Informing myself better has helped in the explaining, but I hope you can direct me towards videos aimed at young children which do a better job. Those I have found online are great for adults and slightly older kids, but level of detail is off-putting for them e.g. From the big bang to me, great video, but slightly too advanced.
posted by therubettes on Apr 2, 2016 - 7 answers

Attach of the quarter life crisis

I'm 28 and feel completely lost. I have a bachelor's and postgraduate degree in Information Technology and work in the IT sector. I feel out of place at my job and on the path towards mediocrity. How do I break out of this and find a path towards success? [more inside]
posted by deeba on Mar 24, 2016 - 8 answers

Practical advice for turning 30

I'm turning 30 in about two weeks. I feel pretty accomplished, but at the same time I feel like I've missed out on a lot of things. Any thoughts you can share that you wish you knew/had learned by the time you reached this age? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 25, 2016 - 12 answers

Deciding whether to become a parent

So the big question in my life right now is whether I ever want to become a parent. I’d particularly like to hear from you if, like me, you are someone who has many interests, is never bored, always has things they want to do with their time, and who questioned whether you wanted to have children because of this – whether you chose in the end to become a parent or not. (The above can probably function as a TL;DR version. If you want a fuller picture, read on.) [more inside]
posted by say_it_with_love on Feb 24, 2016 - 60 answers

Growing up... figuratively, of course.

Have had some not-so-great previous years, some ongoing struggles, and more anticipated in coming years/decades. All of this has brought me face to face with my worst personality traits as well as given me a chance to work hard on the things I'd really like to change going forward and give myself a fresh start, so to speak. Is there a manual, road map or something for acquiring the most elusive of traits? Interested in anecdotes, from those in their late thirties and beyond, of personal journey in developing maturity. [more inside]
posted by xm on Feb 9, 2016 - 17 answers

How do I navigate the break-up with my first and only love (at age 30)

After having gone through cancer and mental illness together, the love of my life and I are on the verge of splitting up for good. How can I best try to salvage the relationship? Details below. [more inside]
posted by asmith30 on Jan 27, 2016 - 35 answers

I quit my old life in search of a new one. Now one is emerging...

Last year my wife and I jacked in our jobs, sold our apartment and travelled the country for a while. We were expecting to refine our ideas as to what we would do next, but instead - we found out we were having a baby. Cut to now and we realised we had to cut our trip short, came back to my folks place 'temporarily' and the baby has just been born. We're all consumed by the baby and ecstatic that he is here, but we're now worried about what we do next. An opportunity has presented itself that could be really interesting for us, but doesn't pay and is a leap into the unknown. We don't know what to do. More inside... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 16, 2016 - 22 answers

How to make decisions while going through grief

Our sweet 7 year old kitty died yesterday after a fight with aggressive cancer. My spouse and I need to find ways to function. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jan 7, 2016 - 12 answers

Total Life Failure, What Should I Do?

I have managed to fail at all societal goal-posts as a single late thirty-something woman with no husband, children, job, money or property in Asia, what do I do next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 27, 2015 - 19 answers

Love vs. The Bomb: Should I become a Nuclear Missileer?

I've been selected for USAF Officer Training School, as a Nuclear and Missile Operations Officer. Should I accept the opportunity? [more inside]
posted by mannermode on Dec 22, 2015 - 26 answers

outside of the everyday life experiences?

I'm short on resources this year, so instead of gifts for the holiday, I'm trying to come up with a list of unexpected/fun/silly/special/uncommon experiences-- which I will then attach a small gift card to with instructions to use it on something from the list. However, I need help coming up with more than the handful I've thought up... (MA locals are especially encouraged to respond.) [more inside]
posted by elleyebeebeewhy on Nov 28, 2015 - 22 answers

Bell, yes. But Bellringer?

This is a quickie. I am working on an audio piece about Salvation Army bell ringers and I make reference to "It's a Wonderful Life." I know there is a bell at the end when Clarence the Angel gets his wings. But is there a bell ringer on the streets of Bedford Falls (or Pottersville) elsewhere in the move?
posted by CollectiveMind on Nov 26, 2015 - 3 answers

The chores. The stores. Fresh air. Times Square!

What should a couple keep in mind about deciding whether to move to a small town and become a single income family? Bonus complications: Resort town, SAHD. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2015 - 9 answers

help! should I drop out of my MFA writing program?

I started a MFA writing program in Vancouver this fall. I wasn't sure about whether I should go or not to begin with, and now, I'm still second-guess and worrying I made a big mistake. I'm unhappy, often, and I'm worried that if I stay it will be for the wrong reasons: a big, heavy sunken cost fallacy. Can you help, please? Long complicated backstory inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2015 - 19 answers

Time for a Life Reboot. Should I do this? How do I do this?

My fiance/partner of 8 years broke up with me a few months ago and it is definitely over. I am trying to decide how to proceed in starting my life over. I am seriously considering moving out of state. It is difficult because I have OCD and anxiety and ADHD etc. Simply put, I have a hard time making any decisions. I'll spend weeks researching which cell phone to get. When I am faced with a decision of this enormity, it is almost unbearable. I am terrified of making a decision that I will regret. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by kbbbo on Nov 8, 2015 - 23 answers

Water if life. What would life be like with less water?

What would happen to earth if we suddenly had 10% less water? The mass of the planet would change, so would our orbit? Would weather and seasons change? Would it affect tides and the moon? At what point would we begin to suffer? Is it 10% or 20% or 50%? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Nov 7, 2015 - 7 answers

Finding Assisted Living for my parents. What do I need to know?

My parents are in their early 80's. The time has come for them to sell their house and move to an assisted living type environment. This needs to happen sooner than later. If you have gone through this process what do you wish you had known before you started visiting places? What questions do we ask? What type of financial set-ups have you encountered? [more inside]
posted by Coffee Bean on Nov 3, 2015 - 15 answers

Thinking of moving to Charlotte from Hudson Valley NY

Wrestling with whether or not to move to Charlotte. I'd appreciate feedback on Charlotte as well as making such a huge decision as moving in general. [more inside]
posted by kbbbo on Oct 25, 2015 - 15 answers

Cozy (but dark) relationships/life advice podcasts?

Yes, the title is strange, I know, but I will explain: I'm looking for podcasts in which the host is either reading people's letters to them, or taking people's calls, giving advice. The host could either be just a layperson or a psychologist/sociologist/etc. Full explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by denika on Oct 21, 2015 - 7 answers

How to properly enjoy happiness?

I realize this is almost a bratty question to ask, but it's giving me a hard time. I am happy. Things are going well. I feel like I'm looking at a pretty sunset and thinking "eh, okay. enough of that. ho hum." How can I maximize my enjoyment (?) of this blessedly uncomplicated time in my life without screwing it up? [more inside]
posted by witchen on Oct 6, 2015 - 21 answers

What's my passion? (INTJ)

I'm 29 and seem to be going through a sort of quarter life crisis. The events of the last few months have caused me to want to change directions, but I need help deciding what that new direction is. [more inside]
posted by robadobdob on Oct 6, 2015 - 9 answers

Bipolar: When to tell a date

I met a wonderful man who is smitten with me, and I with him. We have been talking on the phone for two weeks (we met online), and have had four fabulous, fun dates. He expresses that he really likes me. He is 37 and I am 30. He has been married before, and I asked him why they got divorced, and he explained to me that she developed bipolar disorder I with schizophrenic tendencies about 3 years into their marriage, and she could not get stabilized. She had multiple trips to the psych ward while he was in med school, and it was really hard on him. He was studying to be an anesthesiologist and the final straw was when his wife called his residency hospital and told them he was poisoning her with intravenous drugs. Well, that would all be fine and good, except...I have bipolar II. [more inside]
posted by asmith30 on Oct 5, 2015 - 24 answers

Best beginner-level books about a) the universe and b) evolution?

My mother was asking me a bunch of questions about life and the universe the other day - how life got started, how organic molecules first developed, how the universe got started, how big the universe is, how stars form, where elements come from, how many solar systems there are, how planets form, etc. [more inside]
posted by clawsoon on Oct 2, 2015 - 13 answers

Declining a Work Event

How do I decline attending this fancy work event? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2015 - 20 answers

The toddler and the very tall breakfast bar

We're renting an apartment with a very small open-ish kitchen and a full bar height breakfast bar, with a baby going on toddler who is getting harder to seat at the bar. Are there any good solutions for seating toddlers at a full-height breakfast bar? [more inside]
posted by sputzie on Sep 25, 2015 - 12 answers

Age of ambition?

At some point in my life, I envisioned myself becoming a leader in the field I was on the path to pursuing. I went from elite overachieving undergrad to elite overachieving graduate program, and now all I want is a life with trees, refreshing sleep, maybe a cat, a cup of tea, and some good books and friends. I can't tell if this shift in goals is because I'm maturing or because I might be in depressed survival-mode from being in my program. [more inside]
posted by fernweh on Sep 11, 2015 - 12 answers

Relaxation tips for one with little time to relax

For me, 2015 is a year that I'm keen to see come to an end soon. I've been working stupidly long hours in a job I hate, and though I'm now changing jobs I won't — for financial reasons — be able to take any vacations before the end of the year. How can I go about getting some of my energy back whilst still working a 40-hour week. [more inside]
posted by six sided sock on Sep 1, 2015 - 12 answers

Should we stay or should we go now?

My boyfriend and I currently live in NYC. We hate it - we're tired of the noise, the garbage, the tiny apartments and the high prices for nearly everything. But we're considering having a baby in the next few years, and both our families are nearby - should we stay for family support or move to a location where we would likely be happier? [more inside]
posted by nightdoctress on Aug 17, 2015 - 31 answers

In need of love, compassion, and a slap to the face.

Allow me self-indulge, and give me some advice if you'd like. I'm rebuilding myself after a full-blown existential crisis, and I'm still having a very difficult time adjusting to my life as is, and trying to take steps moving forward. [more inside]
posted by omgkinky on Aug 3, 2015 - 16 answers

Can you recommend companies for life insurance (prefer online quote)?

Looking to get life insurance. Was wondering which companies to consider? No health issues to take into consideration. Would you recommend term life / whole life? I was thinking of going term life and then converting to whole life later.
posted by r2d2 on Jul 11, 2015 - 14 answers

My 8 year relationship lacks passion... should we move on?

I am in my early 30s and have been in a loving relationship for over 8 years. We live together and our lives are very intermingled. But the passion is gone, and I am beginning to wonder whether we'd be better apart. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 10, 2015 - 16 answers

Help me transition into a career in Programing!

So I'm 25, and I have a wonderful, stable job in a wonderful, stable industry as a mechanical engineer, and I'm slowly realizing that my actual calling is in computer science. Shit. I'm not in desperate circumstances, so help me to plan my career move! I need specific help on: 1) Learning to Code. 2) Preparing for the transition while still working at my current job. 3) Moving from my current job into actually working as a programmer. Any advice from experienced people would be great. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Jul 1, 2015 - 15 answers

Will this hurt my chances at finding employment? What should I do?

Due to my interests I have an extremely visible presence online, and I want to know if this will negatively impact my ability to find work and, if so, how to work around that without sacrificing what is important to me. [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Jun 22, 2015 - 13 answers

Meant to be or not meant to be?

I met this really great guy a few months ago (in a pretty romantic/spontaneous way) after a string of not great relationships. Everything is really healthy, relationship-wise right now. We both have loads of space to sort our brains/ lives, and the small amount of time we do spend together (looking like once a week/ once every two weeks) is really, really something special. However, he’s on a career fast track and has a hard time balancing work/family. [more inside]
posted by Kestrelxo on Jun 11, 2015 - 25 answers

Running out of options

Could I be forced to leave college due to my depression/current situation? I feel like I've hit the dead end. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Jun 9, 2015 - 12 answers

Life is Disappointing: NYC Apt edition

Due to a series of unfortunate events I'm now homeless and lost all my savings. Looking for overall advice how to rent a room in NYC and survive. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on May 28, 2015 - 39 answers

Help me focus away from nauseating thoughts

I ate something that is against my beliefs, for the first time in my entire life (due to a miscommunication). I feel very nauseated - my thoughts focus on my body and wanting to throw up (I tried but am unable to?). Can I refocus thought away from the thing inside me? Or you know any help for nausea that is just psychosomatic? I know I did not do this on purpose, it's that I can't escape my thoughts about the physical act of chewing and swallowing it and about the animal dying for it.
posted by anonymous on May 24, 2015 - 14 answers

As a homeowner, how do I move my family across the country?

I want to move to another city across the country, but I don't understand how people do this. If you own a home, have a family, and earn only a modest income, what are the logistics of making this kind of move? More complicating factors in the extended explanation. [more inside]
posted by raddevon on May 9, 2015 - 13 answers

"Life exists to modify carbon"?

I read an article several years ago in which the following argument was made: "life" exists to modify carbon. The assertion was that "life" arose as the most efficient method for creating certain forms of carbon utilizing all available resources, including sunlight, etc. Does anyone know of the article or of the broader theory?
posted by jefficator on May 5, 2015 - 3 answers

How to quell envy?

How do I give my deep feelings of envy the smack-down? for that matter, is what I feel actually envy, or something else? [more inside]
posted by Soap D. Spencer on Apr 27, 2015 - 13 answers

More writing like what's on Wait But Why

I really enjoy the irreverent yet insightful way deep philosophical issues are explored on Wait But Why. Any other sites or books I should check out? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 21, 2015 - 6 answers

Should I stay in retail or go back to school and pursue a dream?

I've been sucked into retail and have put my education on hold due to a lack of certainty on a major. I had tried three different programs, but an impractical dream sits in the back of my mind that I have never even attempted. Do I give up good money in the interim for long term fulfilment with a risk? [more inside]
posted by Chelsaroo650 on Apr 13, 2015 - 26 answers

ISO life

A professional setback from several years ago is affecting my ability to move forward. I’ve been floundering around and drifting for years. I want to get my shit together, but I don’t know how to proceed. How do I figure out wtf I should do with my life now? [long] [more inside]
posted by atruesock on Apr 9, 2015 - 10 answers

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