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July 22

I can haz civil, healthy anger?

I live with my sister (and thank god I am moving out in 3 weeks). Certain aspect of her produces a vast amount of anger in me. My therapist has helped me understand some of why I am angry. I'd like to stop repressing my anger, and instead channel it in healthy and civil ways. Ideas and suggestions please! [more inside]
posted by redwaterman at 11:52 AM - 11 answers

Child support hearing and potential child custody issues (California)

I've scoured AskMeFi previous questions and Google but have not found exactly what I'm looking for. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by jj's.mama at 10:23 AM - 15 answers

Is it wrong to ever ask, "Would you leave me if I gained weight?"

My now-ex said he didn't think I was contributing as much to the relationship for reasons that led me to wonder if he would leave me if I gained weight, so I asked him. Was his response acceptable, and should I have even asked in the first place? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by LovingMyself at 7:06 AM - 35 answers

July 21

Bird-nesting custody in divorce - examples or experiences?

Suddenly facing divorce. One kid, age 14. Spouse suggests bird-nesting custody: kid stays in home, parents move in/out. Looking for experiences & sample agreements. [more inside]
posted by NumberSix at 9:34 PM - 22 answers

How do you talk about someone you REALLY don't get along with?

I have a neighbour who I am on bad terms with, in fact even worse than in the previous question because since then she's done some crazy things like bringing a bunch of men and threatening us, etc. Since then we have also learned that her family considers her seriously unwell psychologically, even if it doesn't always show. [more inside]
posted by miaow at 4:42 AM - 7 answers

July 20

How do I politely decline to say where I work?

When I meet someone, they ask where I work. “I work at a bank,” I say. “Which bank?” They ask. [more inside]
posted by Sterros at 7:09 PM - 42 answers

My brother is 100% dependent on marijuana. How can I help him?

He's been using age 13 and he is 20 now. He will literally break down into full blown hours long anxiety attacks if he doesn't have marijuana. Is his only option rehab? [more inside]
posted by marvelousmellitus at 2:58 PM - 17 answers

How to address surprises in my ancestry?

The results of my DNA testing has revealed some shocking information that I don't know what to do with, and I'm not sure what my next steps should be. Advice, please? [more inside]
posted by droplet at 12:17 PM - 21 answers

Brother might be depressed, how can a mildly estranged sister help?

My mother is worried about my brother and wants me to call him and try and get him to talk to me. We haven't talked outside of family gatherings since I left home at 6 years ago. What do? [more inside]
posted by brook horse at 9:46 AM - 10 answers

July 19

Like, why are you so obsessed with me?

A former colleague is attempting to snoop through my social media accounts. Should I be concerned about this? [more inside]
posted by Stonkle at 6:12 PM - 18 answers

Social support for elderly

My mother would benefit from a support group. Do you know any Facebook groups for the elderly or free telephonic support groups that don't involve residency requirements? She needs more than nostalgic exchanges of pop culture references and grandbaby pictures. [more inside]
posted by crunchy potato at 4:41 PM - 8 answers

Relationship with my mother is strained, not sure how to cope

Recently the relationship between us has become somewhat strained and I'm not sure how to remain kind towards my mother while navigating angry emotions that have resurfaced lately. [more inside]
posted by Willow251 at 3:36 PM - 7 answers

Struggling with internal racism + parenting

Weird title I know! But help me sort out these feelings about race that have come up while choosing a name for our daughter. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:19 PM - 21 answers

How does one friend at work?

Workplace friendships are strange, but either I've become impatient or this is stranger than normal. Wall of text below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Nieshka at 6:15 AM - 28 answers

July 18

How can I stop feeling so sad/upset about men never hitting on me?

I am 23 and I have never had a boyfriend nor have I ever dated. I am 5'4 and 120 lbs and whenever I go out, I try to wear makeup. I don't really go to bars or clubs but I constantly go out a lot to places such as grocery stores/shopping, restaurants, coffee shops, etc..... I never get hit on by any guy anywhere I go. I have been hit on before in the past but the last time I was hit on was 2 years ago and the guy told me that he thinks I am very beautiful. When I told him I never had a bf before, he said I would find someone. I never thought I was ugly but now I am starting to feel like I am ugly because I never get male attention. [more inside]
posted by ionable at 7:27 PM - 42 answers

Help me help myself

What are some good reading recommendations to help me overcome my abandonment issues? [more inside]
posted by morning_television at 4:58 PM - 2 answers

Hope me

Seeking stories of couples counselling success. [more inside]
posted by orange and yellow at 11:00 AM - 5 answers

July 17

No More Gifts

How to approach this birthday dinner for a close friend with others in attendance? What small gift to bring when you are over giving and receiving gifts for birthdays? [more inside]
posted by loveandhappiness at 12:53 PM - 21 answers

Asking a toxic ex for child maintenance. How and how much?

It's complicated - wall of text below the jump. [more inside]
posted by tanktop at 7:53 AM - 9 answers

Helping someone overcome class shame

I am looking for an inspiring talk (or something!) by someone who has grown up in what would be considered a "rough"/poor/"low ses" environment with not much opportunity, and through hard work and dedication, made their way into the middle class as a professional, but without disowning or disavowing their past. [more inside]
posted by beccyjoe at 4:49 AM - 27 answers

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