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My mother asked me to do her a favour. I don't want to anymore...

My mother routinely asks me to 'check on' her place when she is out of town. This has become very burdensome for me. Details below. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Mar 17, 2014 - 41 answers

How can I create a healthy relationship with my soon-to-be stepmother?

My dad is getting married to a woman with whom he's had a very tumultuous, difficult relationship. They are moving across the country together, and I'm scared. Lots more details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2014 - 25 answers

Innovative programs for women and families

What are some innovative programs for women and families that you've seen, heard of, accessed, or wished for? I am on the board of directors for a small women's organization in a small city in Canada, and we are tired of the workshop model of community development. I want to start some new programs that have tangible results. [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Jul 30, 2013 - 15 answers

Seeking information on how weddings are similar to funerals.

I am interested in learning more about anthropological approaches to family structure, and especially marriages and funerals. I have heard that anthropologists think of marriages and funerals as fundamentally similar because they are about shifts in who is a member of a family. A marriage adds someone, and a funeral takes someone away. Both marriages and funerals often take place in religious settings. Extended families are invited to both. A ritualized meal follows both a wedding and a funeral. These events are announced in newspapers, etc.. Can you tell me what anthropologists have written about these structural similarities of weddings and funerals? Any leads would be most appreciated.
posted by mortaddams on Jul 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Reading recommendations on queer families

I want to read more about alternative family structures in queer communities, particularly trans* communities, particularly communities of and for queer transpeople of color. What can you recommend? [more inside]
posted by liketitanic on Jun 29, 2013 - 4 answers

Mummies and Daddies, Ghouls and Boys

Please help me come up with a - clever name- for a local parents with kids meet-up group. We're goths, we don't have special snowflakes, we have coal dust... [more inside]
posted by _paegan_ on Jun 20, 2013 - 32 answers

What are your family-style, urban living life hacks?

Mrs. Quizicalcoatl and I are finally moving to the Boston area with our 9- and 7-year old. What do we need to know? [more inside]
posted by Quizicalcoatl on May 20, 2013 - 22 answers

Baby- and family-friendly activity for 6 couples on May 5 in Seattle?

My family is in charge of organizing an event or outing for our PEPs group on Sunday May 5 in greater Seattle. We are 6 couples with babies from 8-10 months. Ideas that aren't the zoo or aquarium? [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Apr 27, 2013 - 5 answers

Where are the best places in LA to live with a family?

You're considering a move to Los Angeles for a job in Irvine. You and your (stay-at-home) wife are both in your early 30s, and have two young (under two years old) children. You were raised in the midwest, and prefer the suburbs. You want to live in an area that has lots of other young families and easy access to eating and shopping and preschools and other things like that. You don't want to spend more than 30 minutes or so commuting. You want to spend about $3,000 per month on rent for a 3+ bedroom single-family-home (or condo, you suppose). What areas of Los Angeles do you focus on?
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2013 - 25 answers

How Can Living in a Multiracial Household Affect an Adopted Child

I am of one race/ethnicity; my partner is of another. No kids. How will adopting a child from a third background impact him/her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 30, 2013 - 22 answers

Sometimes living alone and sometimes not.

Advice for living sometimes alone and sometimes with someone I don’t particularly get on with. [more inside]
posted by sock of ages on Sep 30, 2012 - 12 answers

Where should we live?

Help us decide where to live - options inside! [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Jun 28, 2012 - 13 answers

Not enough to go around

Are there any good books about unhealthy competition between sisters? I want further insight into my older sister's negative impact on me and our other younger sister. I have not been able to find anything on the subject. Books about competition in families where scarcity was an issue during childhood would also be welcome. Thank you.
posted by Ventre Mou on May 5, 2012 - 6 answers

Family member resolving debts - are there any pitfalls?

What are the implications of a family member receiving help to manage their debts from a charity? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 6, 2012 - 10 answers

If you teach a mom to watch netflix, she will watch TV for a lifetime.

What are some techniques to help reluctant adult learners and technophobes (read: my parents) become more confident and want to use things? Or, if not, what are some good ways to help them help themselves? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Oct 13, 2011 - 12 answers

It's My Memoir and I Can Cry if I Want To

Have you read the book, Blood Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton? Why are some people so adverse to pity-parties? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Jul 11, 2011 - 28 answers

Freedom to Not Care

My parents' comments can bother me for days. I'm looking for ways to not allow their attitudes, beliefs, and comments affect me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 8, 2011 - 20 answers

Ou mangeon nous en Montreal?

Does anyone have suggestions for special, kid-friendly dining experiences in Montreal? (More inside) [more inside]
posted by Slap Factory on Aug 8, 2010 - 9 answers

How do I find people to feed?

At the end of this year I am hoping to feed several families as a part of a charitable effort/challenge that I started for myself. I need advice and ideas on how to find families, how to feed the families, any problems that can come from this, etc. [more inside]
posted by grablife365 on Mar 22, 2010 - 18 answers

Friends don't stress friends out!

How do you extricate yourself from a family-oriented friendship? Very long and pathetic story to follow. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 4, 2009 - 28 answers

Search for foreign films about everyday people

What foreign film titles are there that involve remarkably realistic characters -and- settings as part of the plot and use a contemporary setting? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic on May 31, 2009 - 37 answers

Please help me find some linguistics posters!

Looking to purchase some awesome linguistics-related posters. I've searched for hours on the internet and I can't seem to find any family tree posters, IPA posters, or even anything remotely related to linguistics that is interesting and somewhat academic. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on May 28, 2009 - 8 answers

When announcing a wedding is more like "breaking the news"

I am getting married on May 12th. How do I break the news to my family? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 7, 2009 - 15 answers

Why in (nearly) every sitcom nominally about some kind of "nuclear" family do the children consist of an younger brother and older sister?

Why in (nearly) every sitcom nominally about some kind of "nuclear" family do the children consist of an younger brother and older sister? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless on Feb 6, 2009 - 23 answers

Literary Families of Note

Literary works that explore traditional and nontraditional (American) families? [more inside]
posted by fugitivefromchaingang on Jan 15, 2009 - 26 answers

Help me with my teenage son

Help me help my troubled son. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 9, 2007 - 46 answers

Are there actually more crying toddlers on the subway than ten years ago?

Help me find a NY Times article claiming that the number of kids in cities has increased over the past ten years! [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Feb 13, 2007 - 3 answers

Advice for visiting and living in India

I will be leaving in a month for Jaipur, Rajasthan, to study abroad. I'll spend the spring living with an Indian family, studying international development, and doing an internship at an NGO in or near the city. Afterwards, I may travel around India for a while with a friend. Please give me any and all advice you have about traveling and living in India. [more inside]
posted by bookish on Dec 15, 2006 - 8 answers

Don't ask, don't tell, please

I believe my dad is gay (but still in the closet); I'm curious about how other families/children handle this situation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2005 - 20 answers

GiftFilter

My SO and I need gifts for our families. Of course this is really late and we are kinda broke. [+] [more inside]
posted by jmgorman on Dec 19, 2004 - 9 answers

What are the must-have Thanksgiving dishes?

We’ll be interstate with my family for Festivus, and so we thought we’d start a new tradition and hold Thanksgiving with my wife’s family as an almost-end-of-year get-together. (stuffing inside…) [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi on Nov 25, 2004 - 4 answers

Christmas Plans: which family to visit?

Several months ago, it was agreed that we would visit my family for Christmas. Now the SO has said he'd like to see his daughter. [MI] [more inside]
posted by Miss Bitchy Pants on Nov 19, 2004 - 9 answers

Family Christmas... with a Twist

Let's say you are a 21 year old female, senior in college, with a 23 year old sister who is a grad student. The two of you are quite close but have very different interests. You're into Five-Eight for the moment and she's been into Tim McGraw for about ten years now. You have a steady boyfriend while she spends more time with her friends. Your mom and dad are divorced but that's ok cause they are better apart anyway. Now your mom wants to start her own Christmas tradition that doesn't involve your dad. She wants to take you, your sister, and maybe a couple of friends on a trip every year leaving on Christmas Day or maybe the day after. Her budget is $4000. Any suggestions on how to make everyone at least 90% happy?
posted by oh posey on Sep 6, 2004 - 22 answers

Sharing Holidays

I'm recently engaged and my fiancée and I are stuck between families. Ideally we could see both sets of family for Christmas but geography rules it out.

How do you handle sharing the holidays with a minimum of stress or hurt feelings? Rotating, where you go to one house on one year and the other house the next year? Split each holiday into halves and see both each year? Any ideas?
posted by jmevius on Dec 10, 2003 - 19 answers

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