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  1. Tell Me About It: Gratitude and empathy begin at home

    Relationships

    Q: My family is extremely lucky — enough to eat, a safe place to live, health, loving extended family.

  2. Tell Me About It: Introvert copes with annual family visit

    Relationships

    Q: I live with my husband in a 750-square-foot apartment in an expensive city. I'm an introvert and I hate having houseguests for more than one or two nights, but my husband has made it clear that his family's visits are priorities. When his sister and her kids come to visit, we give up our bedroom and sleep on …

  3. Tell Me About It: Refusal to apologize could be deal breaker

    Relationships

    Q: My partner said something hurtful, which was not meant to hurt me but did. After I explained why it hurt and how I felt, he refused to apologize for hurting my feelings.

  4. Tell Me About It: Needy partner should find his own circle

    Relationships

    Q: Is there a way to help someone else build his social circle? My partner and I are both in our 30s with a fair amount of free time. We do spend quite a bit of time together and go on regular dates.

  5. Tell Me About It: Wife's ultimatum doesn't obligate staying

    Relationships

    Q: Can therapy for anger ever really work? My husband is a screamer and a bully when he feels he isn't getting the attention (sex) he "deserves." He agreed to go to individual counseling a few months ago after I issued an ultimatum; we have small children and I wanted to give it one last shot.

  6. Tell Me About It: Mom's 'ladies first' policy is embarrassing

    Relationships

    Q: My mother frequently asks men to defer to her in situations where I feel that her requests are ridiculous. For instance, at the grocery store, if the person in front of her in line is a man, she will always say, "Excuse me, will you please be a gentleman and let me go ahead of you? Ladies first."

  7. Tell Me About It: Best friend's request has shades of bigotry

    Relationships

    Q: I have known "Sarah" for half my life. We are now in our late 20s. I came out to her as a lesbian two years ago and am currently dating someone.

  8. Tell Me About It: Contacting half-sibling will require tact

    Relationships

    Q: My father passed away very suddenly several weeks ago. Though he had to cope with being a single dad my entire life — my mom died when I was a baby — he was the best dad any guy could ask for. He had a lot of relationships with women over the years but never remarried.