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My husband and I have an 8-year-old daughter who, during school breaks, spends a few days holidaying with my mother and stepfather. Yesterday, she shared a story that worried me. She told me her step-grandfather (John) was taking a nap and she woke him (on purpose) by singing loudly. John got angry and said, "You [...]

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Weekend Open Thread

Minoring in theater in college, marrying someone who went to art school, and now living in NYC means I know a lot of people who make a living in the arts, which is a pretty cool thing to experience, even if indirectly. In the last couple of weeks, I got to see a modern dancer [...]

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My boyfriend bought his parents' house that he grew up in and they just moved out of a year ago. He is assuming that his future wife will move into it and he has voiced that he thinks that is me. We have talked about getting engaged in another year. I told him that I [...]

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My daughter, who is 18 and still in high school, has had the same boyfriend for about two years now. Recently it has come to the family's attention that he smokes weed and has contacted other girls asking them to stay the night with him. I sat my daughter down the other night and told [...]

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I used to be a school teacher in London. I did it for almost two decades in some of the toughest areas of the city. It was challenging and fulfilling work, but I was barely able to make ends meet. Every month I struggled to pay the mortgage and the bills and put food on [...]

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I was introduced to a wonderful man, "Derek," by our 23-year-old daughters after both of our recent divorces. Everything started out great, and then all of a sudden his daughter decided that she didn’t like me. She told Derek's mother horrible lies about me before I had a chance to meet her, and now my [...]

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Last year my husband mentioned that his mom would be having a party for his dad who is turning 60 in May. We live on the east coast and they live in the midwest, where my husband is from, a few hours from Chicago, where I'm from. We went back to Chicago this past November [...]

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I'm an early 30s woman, married almost three years to a man whom I've been with for six. I've always identified as straight-ish; although I've had crushes on women for my whole life (a couple times a year since middle school), I've never done more than kiss a woman — and, honestly, it never really [...]

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“My New Husband Already Wants to Leave”

My now-husband and I started dating in February 2014. We got married in August 2015, we opened a business in January of this year, and now the business is going bankrupt (only my husband is filing). We've moved around a lot for work and we've always been stressed about money, which causes us to fight. [...]

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Your recent topic of the day, on relationships and the strains on them, struck a chord. I’ve been with my husband for thirteen years now. He’s a funny, friendly, amiable guy, kind of like Marshall from "How I Met Your Mother" but a bit tougher (to give you a picture). We’ve bought a dream house [...]

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“My Boyfriend is Disgusted Whenever I Eat”

My boyfriend and I have been together for five years. Things for the most part are pretty good except for one thing: He gets disgusted with me when I eat. At first I thought, "Oh, hell no are you going to comment on what I'm eating!" The first time this happened was only a few [...]

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I'm a 27-year-old woman working two jobs to pay the bills. I was accepted into an incredibly competitive master's program this year in a cutting-edge field. I was so proud to tell the rest of my family when I was accepted, but I only got mixed reactions, especially from my grandparents. I have been seeing, [...]

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I have been dating my boyfriend for about eight months now - and what an amazing eight months it has been. He is so sweet, all my friends love him, I love all of his friends, and we always have the best time together. He has become not just my intimate partner but also one [...]

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Call For Reader Recs

I'd like to reignite the fun Reader Recs column and need new Reader Recs to feature. Do you have some new (or old) favorites — like gadgets, beauty products, fashion, books and entertainment, food, and home decor — you'd like to recommend to fellow DW readers? If so, shoot me an email at wendy@dearwendy.com with links to [...]

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“My Wife Lied About Her Sexual History”

My wife and I have been together for twenty years, married going on seventeen years. We have a good marriage and two beautiful kids. When began dating, she was always open about her sexual past as was I about mine. We work in an environment where she knew that is was inevitable that I would [...]

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