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Tell Girlfriend About Depression?

Joan JerkovichAugust 5, 2014

I’m in a new relationship wondering when is a good time to tell my girlfriend of one month that I have depression. I don’t know how to approach this new relationship because I had a past bad experience with my ex girlfriend. My ex had lots of issues with her father’s depression, mostly because he couldn’t keep jobs. When I had trouble getting a job, she passed this issue she had with her ...

Family Fights over Politics?

Joan JerkovichAugust 4, 2014

My husband is far right politically and his brother is far left. I hold my breath every time they get together as their conversations always turn to politics and things get really heated. I know this makes other family members uncomfortable as well so want to know how to stop it or at least tone it down. Sex, money, religion and politics…the hot button conversation topics where only the brave d...

Divorced Mom Competes with Disney Dad?

Joan JerkovichAugust 1, 2014

My ex is all about play and fun times when my son goes for weekend visitation. He takes him to fun museums, water parks and zoos. Weekends with him are always like the fun field trip with a stop at the toy store. He doesn’t set any schedules and there is no discipline. My son gets pretty much whatever he wants when they’re together. This makes me so angry because as the only parent who discipl...

Unappreciated and Passed Over for Advancement at Work?

Joan JerkovichJuly 31, 2014

I’ve been in my job for the past 10 years and I’m in a place of feeling like I don’t get the level of support or respect in my job that I deserve. I don’t feel supported when implementing new ideas. I’ve always been one to go above and beyond with my job. I will stay late while others just show up, but no one seems to notice, and I keep getting passed over for advancement. It’s becomin...

Male Pride Affected by Illness?

Joan JerkovichJuly 28, 2014

I’m a 56-year-old man who has always been the person who took care of everyone else. Two months ago I got diagnosed with Diabetes. My male pride has made this hard because I’ve never before needed help. I have a hard time asking for help for myself and feel guilty that I’m not able to do for others since my health has been affected. How can I cope? Self-sacrificing, generous people who are ...

Husband’s Mother Pours Guilt on Him?

Joan JerkovichJuly 25, 2014

My in-laws have never been very involved in our lives because they refuse to meet us halfway when it comes to visits. We live out of state from them and they always expect us to travel to get together. Since my husband and I are both professionals with busy careers, and it’s not easy for us to take the kids away from school and their activities, it’s hard for us to make time to travel. That, p...

Is This the New Etiquette? Readers, Clue Joan In!

Joan JerkovichJuly 23, 2014

It was something I’d never seen before. It was a group of about 10 diners, all in their 20’s, who had placed their cell phones in a heap in the middle of the table while out to eat together. They were a lively group, talking and laughing. And, I admit to eavesdropping because I heard one of the guys in the group tell, in graphic detail, about a sexual encounter he’d had. I was stunned! Also...

Friend Used by Bosses?

Joan JerkovichJuly 17, 2014

We’ve all been struggling to get good jobs since college, and we’re a close group of friends. What makes us angry is that our one friend is being used by her bosses. First, she was passed over for a promotion that even the Board of Directors thought she should have gotten, but some guy with no experience got hired for the job instead of her. She had to train him for the job she should have got...

Husband Neglecting Family for Golf?

Joan JerkovichJuly 16, 2014

My husband spends so much time on the Golf course I feel like he’s neglecting his duties as a father and husband. How can I get him to spend more time with us and less on golf? Balance. That’s the first word that came to mind when I read your question. I’m a big believer in that we all need our leisure activities, our friends and hobbies, but if the balance of time we spend with others real...

Wife Won’t Have Sex?

Joan JerkovichJuly 14, 2014

My wife and I have been married for 13+ years. As of 4 years ago, all physical relations stopped. She says she loves me but not in that way. Help please. Your question makes me sad. If expressing your love sexually within your marriage is important to you, but your wife has shut you out, she needs to realize that this expression of love is as important to your relationship as hugs, kisses, sharin...

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