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How to best solve a baby naming conflict with the in-laws?
I want the day to feel intimate and joyous, but if my whole guest list is comprised of obligatory family members, there won’t be room for those closest to us.
My response in yesterday’s column was, in the words of several commenters, “way off.”
Maybe I’m too conservative, but I’m very uncomfortable with him making comments about her physical appearance.
Not only is she meddling in my life, but she’s trying to force her religious views on me as well.
He needs help — but in the meantime, we’re not sure how deal with his inappropriate advances.
The man who became the cornerstone of my academic research had a sordid — and very disturbing — private transgression. What was I to do?
All these special dietary considerations can make your role as host/cook feel pretty onerous, which sort of defeats the purpose — or at least the spirit — of throwing a dinner party.
I’m afraid that one or both of my parents’ spouses will deprive me of my birthright, either by means of incompetence or bias.
I was recently diagnosed, and my friends can’t seem to respect my new-found limitations.
And furthermore, may I ask people to greet them politely when they enter my home?
I never answer, as much as I want to. Permission to be mean back?
A bunch of brief responses to a bunch of brief questions and moral quandaries.
How do I tell my co-worker to leave his politics at home?
It’s the full body equivalent of restless leg syndrome: her shoulders twitch up and down in a never-ending cycle of nervous energy. Do I have the right to ask her to stop?
We love our parents and know that they want what is best for us. However, we would like to avoid the power struggles over our different parenting styles.
My bride-to-be is spending a fortune on fancy photographers and flowers. How can I get her to slow down without looking cheap?
Don’t get me wrong, I love dogs. Just not when they are peeing on my paperwork. What should I tell my coworker, a.k.a. puppy’s “mom”?
While looking for something else, I caught a writer I admire red-handed. What should I do?
How do I break the cycle?
Modern “child-centered” parenting too often devolves into situations where the kids are allowed to run wild, making it nearly impossible for the adults to interact.
Just do it, says Steve. Otherwise, every time you go online, you’re hitting the refresh button on the hurt.
I know I should say something but I keep hoping he will surprise me.
I don’t want my friends and family to be hurt or upset that they weren’t aware of the situation but at the same time it might never be necessary to tell them at all.
Should I pursue a relationship with their kids?
On fan/rock star boundary issues.
He says he wants to end things with her. But should I believe him?
He’s got everything I’m looking for — except ambition and intellectual curiosity.
She flaunts new toys as she complains about not being able to pay the rent.
Tracing my romantic failures back to the woman who loved me first.
Calling her “the only real person he knows,” he’s been confiding in his ex about personal and work-related frustrations. Should I confront him?
Aside from being bossy/desperate, how can I build a culture of responsiveness in my circle?
Advice on surviving a cross-continent love affair from someone with “advanced degree in long-distance relationships.”
A crisis that travels right straight to the heart of modern marriage and parenting.
And worse, when we go out together, he sees me as competition.
I’m having a hard time finding a job and my boyfriend is getting stressed out about our finances. What should I do?
Someone I recently started dating told me that he is going on a date with someone else. What should I do?
A Wife in Crisis: I can’t see living with him much longer, but it’s not easy to walk away from 30 years of marriage.
Before we were married, my wife was unfaithful. All these years later, she wants to revisit the conference where it happened.
He wants to keep in touch. I don’t. Do strict boundaries make me a jerk?
Un-save the date: Steve asks, do you want the truth, or the answer you’re fishing for?
The Pack ‘n Play Imbroglio: How to deal with in-laws who are deeply invested in a dumb feud.
Losing my religion: He wants to break ranks with the church but is paralyzed by fear of losing his family.
Dealing with the grump next door can be tricky — especially when fences and leaky pine trees are involved.
He knows from experience: Self-proclaimed joyless curmudgeon Steve Almond on how to handle a coworker with a ‘tude.
One family member is in trouble, while another is unwilling to face facts. What to do?
Steve advises a new dad on an issue that is “painfully germane.”
Now, here’s a question Emily Post never had to answer: Short of being able to sniff out who has gas before class, is it rude to move your mat after you find out the hard way? Plus, should you give money to panhandlers?
Steve Almond on reality TV astronauts and unrequited love.
Is there a polite way to ask someone to stop posting pictures of you on Facebook? And, what’s the most important consideration when choosing a new apartment?
Should I tell my pal he smells like eau de stink?