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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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."

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Tell Me About It: Wife's teasing is more abusive than funny

    Relationships

    Q: I know teasing can be a playful way to get close or nudge us not to take ourselves too seriously. But sometimes I feel my wife uses it to express an opinion about me without saying it straight out.

  8. Tell Me About It: Parents of triplets grow weary of advice

    Relationships

    Q: My husband and I have triplet boys, preschool age. We're blessed, but one thing has become bothersome.