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  1. Tell Me About It: Attention-needy friend crosses the line


    Q: I've had a crush on my brother's friend for years. I invited him to the birthday party I threw for my brother, and I also invited my best friend. Bestie had never met Crush before, but she knew of my crush. They spent the evening together, flirting and getting more touchy-feely the more they drank. She was …

  2. Tell Me About It: Zero tolerance for hostile sister-in-law


    Q: My husband's sister hasn't liked me since the day we met. I'm not entirely sure why — if there's a reason, neither my mother-in-law nor my husband will admit to knowing it.

  3. Tell Me About It: Husband reckless with pregnancy news


    Q: Sadly, I lost a wanted pregnancy at about 8 weeks. Against my wishes, my husband had already told many of his friends and relatives about the pregnancy. He did not know "waiting till the second trimester" was a thing until I explained it to him. He thought the reason we learn about so many pregnancies in the …

  4. Tell Me About It: Son-in-law feels parents are too involved


    Q: Our son-in-law recently lodged a complaint that our daughter shared: that we are "far too involved" in their personal business. It makes him uncomfortable to know his wife talks to her parents about much of their lives.

  5. Tell Me About It: 'Rough patch' doesn't excuse rudeness


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    Q: My friend is going through a rough patch. Some of her friends have tossed her aside. She's having problems at work and then trying to juggle things with a new guy. She turns to me and I'm happy to try to help or just be there to listen.

  6. Tell Me About It: Adjusting to boyfriend's busy schedule


    Q: My boyfriend and I moved in together two months ago. I feel comfortable discussing issues and feelings with him.

  7. Tell Me About It: Son wants to help womanizing father


    Q: I'm wondering the best way to confront my father about his behavior in respect to women. I'm the 25-year-old eldest of my father's five children. My sister and I were conceived with my mother, who left him some 20 years ago. He remarried and had a son, now 13, who I love and know well.

  8. Tell Me About It: Asking permission to marry is antiquated


    Q: I plan to ask my girlfriend's father for permission to marry his daughter. How early is this commonly done before proposing and, if possible, should it be in person? I'm not planning on proposing for another three months. However, the parents live a considerable distance away and we are visiting her family …