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building more of a relationship with my little sister

Have you ever built up a relationship with your sibling when your relationship was previously distant? How did you do it? [more inside]
posted by fernweh on Feb 19, 2016 - 11 answers

I'm troubled by my relationship with my sister

I asked this question a while back, and I found the answers very validating. The situation between me and my sister is complicated. I'm not sure how, or if, it can be resolved. [more inside]
posted by Beethoven's Sith on Nov 11, 2015 - 21 answers

Dysfunctional family business filter, please listen to your employees

How do we tell our boss (my father) that there are serious problems in our family’s business when he refuses to listen or acknowledge the problems? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Aug 13, 2015 - 15 answers

Trouble Talking with Parents About Planning for Their Future

My siblings and I know that we need to talk with our retirement-age/elderly parents about their finances, end-of-life-directives, wishes, and plans for the future before they get sick or too old. So far, both parents are healthy, but we want to start the ball rolling before any crises emerge. However, the dysfunction in our family is getting in our way. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 1, 2015 - 5 answers

Family suicide complicated by lack of communication: is it ADHD?

My husband’s cousin recently killed himself. The sadness we feel is colored by intense anger at my husband’s mother, who never communicated what was going on with the cousin - or that he had moved to a city we visit frequently. Could "forgetting" to mention or misrepresenting major family information/news be a byproduct of ADHD? Yes, there's more inside... [more inside]
posted by mitschlag on Jul 3, 2014 - 38 answers

How can a child make their parent feel bad about their parenting?

Friends told me the reason I'm emotionally unstable is probably mainly because of how I grew up and I needed to reconcile with my dad. [more inside]
posted by pelu on May 21, 2014 - 54 answers

Using "dysfunctional family" to understand family dynamics

In reading about codependency I came upon the Wikipedia page for "dysfunctional family." Where does this term come from and who uses it? [more inside]
posted by vincele on Mar 27, 2014 - 13 answers

"Hey could you be sober for a night or two? I'd really appreciate it!"

Is there a polite way to ask my alcoholic parent to please stay sober for my college graduation, or is this an inappropriate subject to broach this late in the situation? Any tips for handling a visibly intoxicated relative without being rude or putting them on the defensive? Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2013 - 34 answers

Should I leave for the trip or wait for my escape?

I am trying to free myself from an unhappy family dynamic by moving out. But, without telling my family, I bought tickets for a trip to one of my favorite cities but am now having second thoughts about the trip. Should I still go, or wait a few months to make my grand departure with no hurtful follow-up acts from my crazy family? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 6, 2013 - 30 answers

Discretion Vs. Lying?

A newish friend recently showed profound misjudgment in their personal life. I truly love this friend. I am sad. Please help me think this through. [more inside]
posted by SockyMcSockyPants on Apr 12, 2012 - 47 answers

How best to plan a wedding around a loving but dysfucntional family?

Have you had or attended a one-sided wedding (meaning only one person's family was in attendance)? Did it go okay for everyone or was it weird and sad or depressing? How did you best cope if it was your family that was not in attendance? My partner and I are in the very early stages of planning our wedding, and we're trying to figure out the best thing to do considering our current family situations. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 6, 2012 - 26 answers

I feel trapped in my very own Bell Jar

I have no friends, no life, and am trapped in a dysfunctional family. Help me. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2012 - 26 answers

How do I handle my family/personal situation?

Playing Driving Miss Daisy with my mom for the past 4 years, and I'm now 23. It's time for me to move on, but how, when communication is dry? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Giggilituffin on Feb 22, 2010 - 23 answers

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