visiting sister needs to pitch in
Q: I live overseas with my husband and two boys. My sister visits often due to work travel and generous vacation benefits. Sounds great — especially as I have no other family member who can visit as often, and I would like my kids to know my part of the family.
I'm contemplating a long-distance relationship with a guy I met at an event through an organization we're both part of. We've been texting nonstop for a few months and have had a couple of in-person dates. I'm waiting to decide until after we see each other during a weeklong event we're both going to for this …
Q: My husband is extraordinarily close with his siblings and parents. They visit with one another at least four times a week. I feel pressure to attend, but usually politely decline. This prompts questions about my whereabouts and "we never see you" comments.
back of mom's gifts
Q: My mother was raised in pretty austere financial circumstances, and for my entire life has equated things with love. My childhood was materially abundant but emotionally austere, so I'm definitely a skeptic of these values.
Q: My husband and I, both unhappy in our jobs, have determined that with some strategic penny-pinching, we can live on one salary for a while. The question now is, whose salary?
Q: We have 11-year-old identical twin boys who are wonderful and very different little guys. They both do well in school and their other activities, but "Dylan" is pulling ahead a bit, particularly in sports. We are finding that even though "Cole" enjoyed the sports equally at first, he loses interest as …
Q: Recently you gave advice about how it's "never the perfect time to have a baby," and that's true, but does the calculation change any if you're planning to be a single mom?
Q: My wife is a wonderfully sensible person and appropriately sensitive. She is the oldest of three sisters and often feels left out. The age and geographical distance make it understandable that her two sisters have a much closer relationship.