When work says, "We're like a family here," they never mean a happy, functional family.
#1389: “I am taking over a course from a professor who died. How should I proceed?”
"Hello, I wouldn't be here if your actual professor hadn't died. Who's ready to LEARN?"
#1388: “A woman wants to bond with me over our shared history of an abusive man – and I’m struggling to be polite while also maintaining boundaries.”
Sometimes the enemy of your enemy is not your friend, and that's okay. Content note for mention (but not details) of past abusive relationships.
#1378: “I want to be her guard dog, but I’m more of a thunder-vest wearing puppy.”
When in doubt, remove pressure and think of learning a new skill as "practice." Content Note: Brief mention of kink in the question. If you're a child and/or the concept of D/s relationships irks you, skip this one.
It Came From The Search Terms: It’s Gonna Be May
Search strings, snap judgments. Comments are on, for a change!
#1377: Hosting two families with different conceptions of time.
In which the Party Planning Committee consists of one exhausted pregnant lady trying to please everyone.
#1371: “I’m a cuckoo morning lark in a parliament of night owls.”
It is okay to enjoy slightly different vacationing rules than other people.
#1363: “Am I overreacting to being constantly interrupted at work?”
To avoid the trap of trying to satisfy a group member who can never be satisfied, think about what you owe everybody else.
#1360: “Is there any reasonable way to ask the father who abandoned me if I can have my dead mother’s wedding ring?”
Maybe your avoidant parent will be so avoidant that he'll do what you want in order to avoid conflict.
It Came From The Search Terms: November 2021
Somebody typed it into a search engine and ended up here. Challenge accepted!