Life Advice



Tired mom wants to skip teen years

By Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

But for you -- these gatherings may throw you off your game and impede your performance at work.

You will probably have to find ways to tolerate some of these team-building exercises if they are folded into meetings. But yes, you should not have to attend a potluck if you don't want to.

If you haven't already, read the groundbreaking book, "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking," by Susan Cain (2013, Broadway Books). Your boss should read it, too.

Dear Amy: Thank you for your response to "Knows Too Much," who faced an awkward situation when her friend's wife complained bitterly about him behind his back.

Wow, this sounds like my parents. My father was Mr. Wonderful to the outside world. The fact is -- at home, privately -- he was a monster. He completely hid this to the outside world. Friends did not believe my mother's account of the abuse because he was "so nice!" She became more open about the abuse to others, hoping that someone would listen.


-- Survivor

Dear Survivor: I hope someone finally heard (and believed) her.

(You can email Amy Dickinson at or send a letter to Ask Amy, P.O. Box 194, Freeville, NY 13068. You can also follow her on Twitter @askingamy or Facebook.)



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