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George Clooney's new wife, Amal Alamuddin, who is an accomplished woman in her mid-30s, took his last name when they married and some people were all, "Woah." HuffPo even posted a poll this week asking readers what they really thought about women taking their husband's name when they married. I thought it would be interesting [...]

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“My Boyfriend Lies About Past Relationships”

Two years ago I began dating a man with whom I get on extremely well. We took the relationship slowly even though we really liked each other from the start. He has a grown child from a relationship, and I have two teenagers still at home. We introduced each other to our children after six [...]

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I have known my boyfriend for three or four years now, and we’ve been dating for a year and a half. We moved in together a year ago for a few reasons: we really loved each other; I was having trouble with a roommate; and he was about to get divorced. I did become involved [...]

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I’ve been with my boyfriend for over two years now, and we've been happily living together for almost that long. He has been complaining about his job and colleagues for a few months now, though, and has been talking about finding a new job. He might have found one, over 200 miles away, and he [...]

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Friday Links

Here are a few things from around the web that may interest you: Continuing our discussion about how the costs of weddings and engagement rings predict marriage success, more statistic that claim to predict whether a couple will stay hitched: "The Divorce-Proof Marriage: Your income, how long you dated, and how many people attend your [...]

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It’s time again for Shortcuts. For every question, I’ll give my advice in just a few sentences because sometimes the answer to a person’s question is so obvious and the need to hear it so great that being as clear and frank as possible is simply the best way to go. I have started seeing [...]

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I just came back from a vacation in Singapore and was very sad about something I discovered upon my return. When I entered my apartment, I saw that it was quite a mess with glasses all over and the cushions all out of place. I knew that my boyfriend, who has keys to my place, [...]

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I'm a 22-year-old gay male in Illinois who has recently ended a short-term relationship that lasted about two months. "Ken" and I met online and things moved pretty fast. He has two younger daughters, and I found out early in the relationship that he is still married to the mother of his children. He said [...]

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I'm a single, fit woman who just recently moved back to the area where I'm currently living, and I have been actively pursuing new friendships. I have been meeting some great people and was initially drawn to a girl who is originally from my hometown. We hit it off and decided to get together. Well, [...]

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The Good Parts About Having Kids

A reader recently asked in the forums: "What are the good parts of having kids?" and I have enjoyed reading the responses while I thought about my own answer to this question. I have only been a parent for three years and five days (and the eight+ months before that when I carried Jackson inside [...]

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I read your response to "My Boyfriend Refuses to do Boy Stuff with my Son" with interest. It broke my heart a little, because I saw myself in the distant boyfriend in that letter. I'm afraid I'm making a mess of things. I married a lovely man a little under a year ago. We've been [...]

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I posted and replied to this letter in the forums from a 23-year-old woman who was pissed that her boyfriend planned a trip to Israel over NYE without consulting her or considering her. She said a NYE kiss wasn't important to her boyfriend but it was to her, and she wrote: "He didn’t take my [...]

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From the forums: My fiancé and I worked together previously where we had a co-worker who got engaged. We eventually met his fiancée and their son. Both my fiancé and I quickly took a liking to them and included them in party invites and family outings. They would both talk openly about the wedding details, [...]

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It’s time again for Shortcuts. For every question, I’ll give my advice in just a few sentences because sometimes the answer to a person’s question is so obvious and the need to hear it so great that being as clear and frank as possible is simply the best way to go. I don't want my [...]

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The story starts when I was hired for a new job via phone interview. The man that I spoke to was funny, confident, and calm, and immediately I developed a crush. All this without even seeing what he looked like. This crush developed over time to an infatuation and then eventually a deep love, but [...]

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