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#531: When a parent wants you to be their marriage counselor.

Dear Captain Awkward, So, I’m having trouble with my mom and I’m not sure if it’s a me-problem or a her-problem or a “no one did anything wrong but it’s just uncomfortable” problem. When I started college (and became an adult-ish) my mom has opened up to me about a lot of things that she […]

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#503: Education, love, money, family, foreign adventures & THE ENTIRE FUTURE OF EVERYTHING

Comments on this thread are closed as of 8/17. Thank you.    Hi Captain Awkward, My mother and my boyfriend HATE each other. I know you’ve heard this all before, and until now I’ve learned to just deal with it. Until now. My mother is my supporter, I am currently a 19 year old undergraduate, […]

#481: My parents acquired a friend for me (with a gross, moldy congealed side of stalking).

Dear Captain Awkward, My problem boils down to this: can I say no, or do I have to be polite?  I’m not a social person. I don’t have friends at the moment. The reasons for that are many –mostly boiling down to living at home again while I look for a job. At school, I had close friends I […]

#453: Guest Post: How Do I Come Out to My Mom?

I’ll be quick- After getting my teaching degree abroad, I’ve moved back home with my folks because I have no money, and there are no teaching jobs (or really ANY jobs) in my area at the moment. I’m also transgender. I came out to my dad about a year ago while we were travelling together, […]

#446 and #447: Aging, family, and boundaries

Dear Captain Awkward: I’m having a bit of trouble with my parents. To start off with, I’m in my mid-40s and have been living on my own since I was 19. My parents are in their late 60s. They’re both retired, but Dad has been volunteering his time at a local school to give him […]

#418: My mom wants me to prioritize caring for my sister over caring for myself. What do I do?

Hey Capt.,  Cliff notes. My sister got pregnant three years in a row, giving birth to three healthy babies by c-section. With baby 1 she was put into bed rest almost immediately and I was assigned to make sure she didn’t jeopardize her or the baby’s health. This was a difficult task only made worse […]

#416: How do I get a Team You?

Greetings! I have a question about Team You. Mainly, how does obtain such a wondrous thing? I am in a situation where I am the primary caretaker for an elderly parent with serious health issues. She requires a great deal of time and energy- mental more than physical. The rest of my family is basically […]

#394: Discussing consent & rape with my mom is leaving us both shredded.

Behind a cut for sure. Reasons are in the title, and it gets pretty detailed, so be warned.

#362: Go the F*** to Sleep

Dear Captain Awkward, I write this as I lie in bed, too stressed to sleep. You think tonight I’d be feeling good. After more months then I’d like to admit to, I’ve finally got an interview on the books for one of the many jobs I’ve been applying for – one that I really want […]

#356: My parents want me to parent my brother.

Dear Captain Awkward, I love my parents and younger brother – just in small doses. I currently live about a thousand miles away from them, which is great for me, although sadly, it hasn’t kept me out of the family drama. My brother has dropped out of grad school, is living at home, has made […]


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