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  1. Tell Me About It: Couple has the wrong idea about weddings

    Relationships

    Couple has the wrong idea about weddings

    Q: My wife and I were married a year ago. We were slightly surprised at the number of guests who never sent a wedding gift, around 10 percent of those who attended.

  2. Tell Me About It: Wedding showers can suit one's own style

    Relationships

    Q: I'm getting married in six months! I'm getting pressure from friends who want to throw me a wedding shower. It's really not my thing. Is this kind of pomp and circumstance required?

    Don't Want a Wedding Shower

  3. Tell Me About It: Spouse pushes the boundaries of trust

    Relationships

    Q: My husband and I are apparently at very different points as to the shape opposite-gender friendships take. He is an avid, hardcore hiker. He met a woman (also married) on a hiking forum and wants to take a weeklong hiking trip with her to an extremely isolated location.

  4. Tell Me About It: Friend wants bestie to share more feelings

    Relationships

    Q: I have a friend who is not good at expressing vulnerability. We've been best friends for three years and only once has she opened up to me about traumatic life experiences — and only then because we forced ourselves to talk about emotions by playing "Feelings Roulette." She never asks for emotional …

  5. Tell Me About It: Take control of nosy questions about kids

    Relationships

    Q: My husband and I have spent two years going through fertility treatment, so far without success. We keep this mostly private when we're asked — often — if we're planning to have kids, but occasionally if appropriate I'll say we're trying but no luck yet.

  6. Tell Me About It: She's considering marrying into problems

    Relationships

    She's considering marrying into problems

  7. Tell Me About It: Parents' breakup comes as a surprise

    Relationships

    Q: My dad fell in love with someone else and left my mom, who thought their 30-year marriage was great, as did we. They had lived apart for a few years due to work, and my father said they had grown apart for years and he wasn't in love.

  8. Tell Me About It: Inability to say 'no' isn't just about dining

    Relationships

    Q: We Americans are used to large restaurant portions. Often when dining out with friends, someone suggests an entree she wants to split, and since I suspect my friends all know I'd rather die than offend, I'm often feeling pressured to agree — even though I'd prefer my own choice. This also denies me the …