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

    Relationships

    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.

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

    Relationships

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

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

    Relationships

    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.

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

    Relationships

    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 …

  5. Tell Me About It: Erratic mom wants back in her son's lives

    Relationships

    Q: My wife and I adopted our grandsons, 10 and 12, due to our daughter's long history of drug addiction and arrests spanning over 13 years. She is again working and has set up house with another man. She wants to regain visits with the boys, but I am resisting getting back into the cycle of visits.

  6. Tell Me About It: Girlfriend 'crazy' for prolonging dog's life

    Relationships

    Q: My girlfriend is crazy (maybe literally?) about her dog. "Amy" and I are both 32 and have talked seriously about marriage. I love Amy and she's the best thing that's ever happened to me.

  7. Tell Me About It: Mom's dismayed by daughter's core values

    Relationships

    Q: My daughter (she is 30) and I have polar political views. I say political because that is how it manifests itself; however, to me it comes down to core values of compassion and empathy, or lack thereof. I do not proselytize, nor do I say anything to her — it is in her occasional opinions of this or that, …

  8. Tell Me About It: Wife's low-set bar makes her unrealistic

    Relationships

    Q: I have been asking my husband to go to therapy for more than five years and he always said a firm NO — absolutely not. After a particularly nasty fight, he conceded.