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In-Laws' Expectations Cause Friction In Home

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DEAR HARRIETTE: I am married and have been living with my in-laws for the past few months. Living with them has brought a unique set of challenges, as it involves merging two different households and navigating different dynamics. One of the main difficulties I have encountered is the clash of expectations and routines. My in-laws have their own...Read more

News Of Parents' Divorce Baffles 27-Year-Old

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DEAR HARRIETTE: I am 27 years old, and my parents recently told me that at 60 years old, they are getting a divorce. I am having a hard time with this because they have been married for 30 years, and when I was growing up, they seemed so in love. I never saw this coming, and it feels like the foundation of my family has crumbled. I find myself ...Read more

Toddler Mom Wants Advice For Raising Good Kids

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DEAR HARRIETTE: I have been feeling uneasy for quite some time now. I am the mother of an almost-4-year-old little girl. Toddlers grow up at the speed of light, as they say. My child is becoming more and more inquisitive these days, and I can't help but worry that in a few short years, she will have to make her own decisions. Despite thinking ...Read more

Young Adult Prepares For Lengthy Study Abroad Opportunity

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DEAR HARRIETTE: At 20 years old, I've been offered a remarkable opportunity for a fully paid academic program abroad in London for three years. The thought of leaving my family in California for such a long time weighs heavily on my mind. How can I emotionally prepare for this separation, handle homesickness and adjust to the new environment ...Read more

A Serious Demeanor Can Be Softened

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DEAR HARRIETTE: It has recently come to my attention that I have a very serious demeanor. My friend brought it up to me that even in casual situations and when I text, I come off very formal and serious. At first, I didn't take her comment seriously because this was just one person's opinion. In the past two weeks, however, there have been four ...Read more

Consumer Questions Ethics Of Buying From Certain Companies

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DEAR HARRIETTE: I am a college student who often relies on fast food and strives to stay current with trends. However, the recent controversies surrounding major companies have made me question my perspective, and I am unsure how to address these concerns. For instance, if I continue to purchase products from Apple because I genuinely enjoy ...Read more

Mother's Comments On Daughter's Weight Strain Relationship

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DEAR HARRIETTE: I am a 30-year-old woman with a mother who continually comments on my weight whenever we interact. This has been a recurring theme since my teenage years, and I find myself struggling with the impact it has on my self-esteem. Despite my efforts to maintain a positive body image and focus on overall well-being, my mother's ...Read more

Friend Blames Woman For Situation Getting Out Of Control

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DEAR HARRIETTE: My friend and I recently got into a fight because she put me in an uncomfortable situation. I am a fairly reserved person, and she is very extroverted, so this can cause us to have conflicting reactions to certain scenarios. She pushed for me to enter this situation, and I went ahead with it because I didn't want to disappoint my...Read more

Procrastinator Wants To Stop The Cycle

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DEAR HARRIETTE: I often find myself procrastinating, and the adrenaline rush of completing tasks under pressure, while effective, leaves me with lingering stress. The cycle is taking a toll on my overall well-being. What strategies or techniques can you recommend to help me break this pattern, overcome procrastination and manage the stress ...Read more

Inheritance Causes Family Frustrations

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DEAR HARRIETTE: Having unexpectedly inherited a significant sum of money, I had intentions of assisting my siblings financially. However, their apparent sense of entitlement and subtle guilt-tripping have made dealing with this situation more challenging than anticipated. I never foresaw money causing disruptions in our family dynamic, and now I...Read more

Recent Master's Grad Ready To Join Job Market

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DEAR HARRIETTE: Freshly graduated with my master's degree and entering the job market, I grapple with uncertainties surrounding negotiating my first salary. As I embark on my career journey, how can I navigate this process successfully, ensuring fair compensation that aligns with my skills and sets the stage for a promising professional future? ...Read more

Male Friends Make Harsh Comments About Woman's Makeup

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DEAR HARRIETTE: I am a 23-year-old woman facing a dilemma within my friend group of four. Our group consists of two girls, including myself, and two guys. The other girl in our group enjoys wearing a significant amount of makeup. I don't mind this, as I believe everyone has the right to express themselves in a way that makes them feel confident ...Read more

Friend Starts Missing Planned Outings

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DEAR HARRIETTE: I am a mother of two daughters, and I've developed a close friendship with another mom in my neighborhood who also has two daughters the same ages as mine. We've been meeting for coffee every Tuesday for the past year. However, over the past month, my friend has unexpectedly canceled our coffee dates with what seem like unusual ...Read more

Student Abroad Wants To Maintain Friendships When Home

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DEAR HARRIETTE: I'm currently studying abroad in Spain, and I've been fortunate to connect with amazing people through the Bumble BFF app. The issue is that my new friends are scattered across Europe, and when I approach the end of my time in Spain, I'm concerned about maintaining these friendships once I return to the United States. While I ...Read more

Friend Wants To Start Relationship Counseling

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DEAR HARRIETTE: A childhood friend suggested seeking platonic relationship counseling for our 15-year friendship that's facing challenges due to differing opinions and life phases. We were very close when we were growing up, and as life has happened, we seem to be drifting apart. I would love to stay friends with him, but I'm unsure if this is ...Read more

Professional Unable To Take Criticism

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DEAR HARRIETTE: I've observed that I find it challenging to cope with criticism, particularly in my professional sphere, even when it's meant to be constructive. How can I cultivate a more resilient approach to feedback, effectively separating personal emotions from my professional development? I'm eager to understand how to view criticism as a ...Read more

Maintaining Friendships While In A Relationship

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DEAR HARRIETTE: How do I, while in a heterosexual romantic relationship, manage and nurture healthy opposite-sex friendships without causing discomfort or misunderstandings with my partner? Are there specific boundaries or communication approaches I can adopt to maintain trust and ensure mutual comfort in such situations? -- Establishing ...Read more

Newly Remote Employee Needs To Set Firm Boundaries

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DEAR HARRIETTE: I'm 32 years old and have recently shifted to a remote work setup for the first time in my career. This change has brought about a unique experience, blurring the boundaries between my professional and personal lives. What strategies can I implement to maintain work-life balance and prevent burnout while working remotely? -- ...Read more

Parent Wants To Support Daughter's Mental Health

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DEAR HARRIETTE: Several students in my daughter's school have died by suicide in the past two years. Now we are hearing of college presidents and other professionals who are taking their lives. This trend is frightening. Though I can turn off the news at home, my daughter is still aware of these tragedies. I am so worried for her and her friends...Read more

Small Town Resident Ready To Shake Things Up

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DEAR HARRIETTE: I've spent my entire life in a small town, but I've reached a point where I'm eager to embark on a journey for personal, professional and spiritual growth by moving elsewhere. The idea of this transition excites me, yet I haven't shared my plans with anyone in my close circle. I fear I won't receive the support I deeply crave for...Read more

 

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