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How do I handle my mother's crush on my boyfriend's (much younger) brother?

My mother, who has borderline personality disorder, has thrown a tremendous wrench into my relationship. I am so overwhelmed by this right now. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 17, 2012 - 47 answers

When will the time come that what my mom says does not matter to me

how not to feel the need to justify myself in front of my parents. Because their approval should not matter at this point of my life, but I am still angry when they compares me to others in achievement. [more inside]
posted by akomom on May 3, 2012 - 8 answers

Worried about my little sisters

I'm worried that my little sisters may be in an abusive situation, but don't know what's really going on or where I should go from here. [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Apr 26, 2012 - 18 answers

What not to wear, septuagenarian edition

Should I tell my 71-year-old mother that some of her clothing is ridiculous? [more inside]
posted by semacd on Mar 31, 2012 - 73 answers

Help me deal with my mother's poor planning

I need advice on dealing with my family's flakiness. [more inside]
posted by hought20 on Mar 22, 2012 - 15 answers

How to deal with a difficult mother.

I have a very difficult relationship with my mother. I now have a baby. Things are getting worse and I don't know what to do. Very long background inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 17, 2012 - 24 answers

Older mother with significant osteoporosis, what to expect

Mother, 80 years old, with significant osteoporosis -- what should we expect? [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter on Mar 11, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me mange my mother's care.

I need to find an assistant in Maine who can help me manage my mother's health care. [more inside]
posted by yellowdoll on Feb 26, 2012 - 4 answers

Addressing the elephant in the room

Has anyone written an honest letter to an abusive parent and actually sent it? [more inside]
posted by side effect on Jan 26, 2012 - 41 answers

I am the worst daughter

I've achieved having an emotionally calm and pleasant daily life for myself, but I'm worried that once my mother passes, I'll forget the reality of our dynamic and feel like a horrible and evil daughter. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2012 - 22 answers

I need some advice about my relationship with my mom

I need some advice about my relationship with my mom. I'm moving back close to home soon and I was wondering if you guys had any advice on how to deal with an illogical religious person. Or more specifically, how do I reason with her to foster a better relationship? [more inside]
posted by graphitix on Dec 31, 2011 - 21 answers

Another question about an insane mother

I have a great deal of contempt for my mother, which fills me with guilt. She has had serious psychiatric problems for her entire life. Although I know that she loves us, she is quite mentally ill, and I don't know how to cope with it. I need help learning how. (This is long, I apologize.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2011 - 51 answers

Real name/location of the Arcadian

What is the real name/location of The Arcadian building in the TV show "How I met Your Mother"? [more inside]
posted by yticmic on Dec 28, 2011 - 7 answers

Cancer sucks

Last week we found out that my mother has breast cancer. This isn't her first battle against cancer as she had colon cancer six years ago, and so far mom is being very matter of fact and strong. She is going in for surgery to remove it tomorrow and then will start the whole radiation/chemo regiment in the new year. Any good last minute, easy to find, supplimentary gift ideas for her? [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on Dec 20, 2011 - 19 answers

To Gift the Impossible Gift

My mother's 60th birthday is next week and I want to get her something really special, but she's the single hardest person in the world to shop for. [more inside]
posted by TheGoldenOne on Nov 23, 2011 - 32 answers

Tips for new parents. Have at it!

What tips/lifehacks can you think of for the upcoming parents. Don't care how small the tips are - just avoid the obvious ones. [more inside]
posted by filmgeek on Nov 20, 2011 - 50 answers

When your parent is seeing a Bad Person, do you have to try to accept that person into the family?

I've lost objectivity. It seems clear that my mother's 'boyfriend' is a giant loser, but she wants him to be accepted by us and included in family events. What do we do? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Oct 3, 2011 - 30 answers

How do I get the most out of therapy regarding issues with my mother?

Ok, therapy. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Run.Faster on Sep 21, 2011 - 5 answers

Mother-in-law troubles

I need some help regarding my prospective mother-in-law's involvement in our lives. [more inside]
posted by smockpuppet on Sep 12, 2011 - 24 answers

Ill Apron Strings

My mother doesn't take of her health at all, she ignores everyone's health advice when she has problems, and it's making me feel guilty and frustrated for not trying hard enough and not being able to support her. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 13, 2011 - 13 answers

How to deal with a parent who won't acknowledge my relationship?

My mother refuses to meet my fiance. I welcome any advice on how to deal with this, and would especially like to hear from people who have similar personal experiences. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 6, 2011 - 76 answers

This Woman's Work

Please help me evaluate a possible career move while pregnant with child #2. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 17, 2011 - 13 answers

How do two ADHD people cope with seeing a non ADHD-friendly relative?

ADHD and relatives: both my partner and I have ADHD and we both have problems with visiting my mother. How to deal with this conflict? [more inside]
posted by Flitcraft on May 15, 2011 - 26 answers

How to Deal with Unsupportive Mother?

How to Deal with Unsupportive Mother? [more inside]
posted by dt2010 on May 7, 2011 - 29 answers

Getting sexual mojo back: monogamous female edition

I need inspiration for rekindling my dormant sexuality, now that motherhood is underway. [more inside]
posted by misoramen on May 6, 2011 - 12 answers

I love you, mom, but shut it. For your sake, for my sake, for all of our sakes...

I want my mother to stop trying to discuss with me a specific relationship problem she's having. Is this unreasonable? How do I defend my request to her and not feel like a jerk? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on May 4, 2011 - 18 answers

Help me understand my mother.

Conceptually, I need a way to think of my mother’s behavior so I can better understand it. I am looking for a label. Is she narcissistic? Manipulative? Histrionic? What? Please help me try to figure this out. [more inside]
posted by Francophone on May 3, 2011 - 23 answers

It's time for Baby Buster to leave the nest.

What can I do to help my family break out of a negative relationship cycle? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on May 3, 2011 - 17 answers

"If It Waited for a Full Term, It Would Tear Its Mother in Half"?

When I read Cory Doctorow's "I, Row-Boat", a character (Olivaw) says that human beings "have to be born half-gestated because its head would be so big if it waited for a full term, it would tear its mother in half." I had not heard of this viewpoint before, and am wondering where Doctorow heard of this idea. I tried sending him an e-mail, but received no response.
posted by WCityMike on May 1, 2011 - 10 answers

Weren't we supposed to get along once I grew up?

My mother and I have a difficult relationship. Looking for advice about how to get through a period during which my mother, my daughter, and I are spending a lot of time together. (And, yes, there's a lot more information inside.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 11, 2011 - 18 answers

Help me feel better about leaving my baby for a business trip

I am going to be away from my baby for five days. Help me know that he will be OK without me. [more inside]
posted by bq on Feb 9, 2011 - 18 answers

How do I deal with a mother who has been in and out of an abusive relationship for years?

How do I deal with a mother who has been in and out of an abusive relationship for years? She'll leave him for a few months, but always goes back. Can or will this ever stop? And how to I support her while not condoning her behavior? [more inside]
posted by Delfena on Feb 6, 2011 - 9 answers

Is there anything in the Bible that can help one justify the estrangement of an abusive parent?

Is there anything in the Bible that can help one justify the estrangement of an abusive parent? I know that not speaking to my mother is the right thing to do, but what does the good book say? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 2, 2011 - 22 answers

Mother and Daughter Etsy Shop!

My mom and I are opening an Etsy shop. Yay! Can you offer us some tips and answer some questions? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Jan 3, 2011 - 14 answers

how do I avoid saying something stupid or inappropriate about your x, the father of your child?

Guy trying to date a beautiful single mother don'ts filter: Young single mothers who date: how do I avoid saying something stupid or inappropriate about your x, the father of your child? [more inside]
posted by eli_d on Dec 23, 2010 - 27 answers

There's no "there" there.

How do I talk to my mother about her depression, especially when I'm trying to create better boundaries but simultaneously plan for my family's future? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Oct 25, 2010 - 9 answers

Where should evilmom live in Baltimore?

My mother wants to move to Baltimore. Which neighborhoods should she consider? [more inside]
posted by eviltiff on Oct 22, 2010 - 9 answers

No June Cleaver here

What’s it like to grow up with two working parents? [more inside]
posted by yawper on Oct 14, 2010 - 48 answers

Rebelling Sucks

What advice would you give my friend to make him feel better during his (long overdue) rebellious phase against his overbearing mother? He's in his early 20s, from a Chinese-American family, and has made up his mind to stay home for financial reasons. [more inside]
posted by squirtle on Sep 30, 2010 - 10 answers

Can we be legally married twice in two different states?

What will happen if a man and a woman submit marriage licenses in two separate states less than a year apart? Specifically, if they get married by a judge in Washington state, then ~1 year later get married by a pastor in Wisconsin and in order to avoid having all parties involved know about the WA wedding, sign another marriage license and have it submitted to the state of WI? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2010 - 49 answers

The Best Birthday gift for a busy young mom

My sister is the mother of two young 'uns, four years and one and a half , respectively. She is harried but eminently happy! Her birthday is coming up, what would be a good present to give her?
posted by storybored on Sep 12, 2010 - 17 answers

where did i come from?

superly sockpuppet birds and the bees filter: i was date-raped and now i am negotiating some intense babydaddy issues in court. he has a new girlfriend and a new baby. my child is 6 and understandably pondering how this is all possible. babydaddy was not significantly present for about 5 years. i am a very much single mother and i and my parents are all that my child has known in a truly significant way...how to approach the question of origin truthfully but sensitively? [more inside]
posted by bright and shiny on Aug 31, 2010 - 36 answers

How to create a happy living situation for an entire family of adults?

The youngest of four siblings is the one who is responsible for taking care of their elderly mom, but things aren't really working out for either party. What can be done to ensure a happy living situation for everyone? Many more details inside . . . [more inside]
posted by fignewton on Jul 5, 2010 - 6 answers

Help me to repair my relationship with my mother without going insane

I'm in my late twenties, and my unhappily married parents are getting a rather acrimonious divorce. Both parents want my support, but I've sort of been mostly focusing on my father, as he is depressed, lonely (my mother has a new partner) and has to sell the family home by himself. This has caused my (formerly very close) relationship with my mother to disintegrate to the point where we are no longer on speaking terms, which has placed a lot of unwanted stress on me (I've just come out of an eight year relationship). How do I patch things up with my mother without everything getting emotional? (Long explanation inside) [more inside]
posted by Piroska on Jun 18, 2010 - 19 answers

Mom/mother sounds similar in many languages, why?

Mom, mère, мама, แม่, μαμά, 媽媽, maminka, mẹ, mamãe... how did so many languages naturally come up with the starting sound of Mmmm for this word? [more inside]
posted by querty on Jun 7, 2010 - 11 answers

Alcohol doesn't solve your problems, it compounds them.

My mother is depressed, and I suspect she's abusing alcohol. I'm doing the best I can, but looking for suggestions as to what I should actually be doing to help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 5, 2010 - 9 answers

Punk rock teenage parental angst, but I'm an adult.

So I'm thinking about family therapy. I'm a 25 year old female with a strained relationship with her mother. Has group therapy helped you sort out issues with your family? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 27, 2010 - 9 answers

The three-tiered plan to change my life.

Looking for advice on how to deal with my mother, who's gotten it into her head that I should completely change my life in every way by the end of 2010 (including getting an arranged marriage.) Novella-length details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 22, 2010 - 26 answers

Hounded by mom

My mentally ill mother hired a private investigator to track me down... among other things. Please help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 8, 2010 - 33 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

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