We’ll Always Have Parasite When I got remarried, I inherited a stepdaughter. At the time, I was happy about this. Though she and my husband had been estranged for many years, I was instrumental in getting them to reconcile. I’ve come to regret this. She is a rageaholic, spendaholic party girl. She has three DUIs and an extravagant lifestyle that’s financially draining her dad and me. Though I have no problem cutting her off, my husband can’t say no to his little girl — which has us on opposing ends of a bitter battle. — Stressed-Out Stepmother If you...Read More
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When the Gooing Gets Tough When my boyfriend and I are on the phone, he won’t sign off with “I love you” if his guy friends are around. Meanwhile, these guys have met me and most are in relationships. So what’s with his cool act? I know he loves me. Why be embarrassed to say it publicly? — Emotionally Honest There are a lot of ways a man can show that he loves you. Does it really have to be “Hold on, guys, while I give my balls to my girlfriend”? Women often think it’s a bad sign if...Read More
Hi Money, I’m Home! My boyfriend is going to a dinner out of town to get an award for a film he made, and he didn’t invite me. When I told him I felt excluded, he said that he was embarrassed because his parents are paying for his flight and he has to stay with a friend. I get it; he does wonderful work, but he’s still struggling financially. Still, if the tables were turned — if I were getting an award — I would at least tell him I wish he could come. — Upset There are...Read More
Having the Time of Someone Else’s Wife I’m a 39-year-old guy and I just met the most amazing woman, but she’s going through a divorce. My best friend said to never date somebody while they’re divorcing, because they’re crazy and emotionally unavailable. He says you need to wait for two years afterward. Well, I really like this woman, and she likes me. If I dated her now, would I just be a rebound? — Bad Waiter There are clues to where on the divorce spectrum someone falls, like whether she makes offhand remarks along the lines of “I wish...Read More
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