Dear Captain Awkward, A couple of weeks ago, I tried one of your scripts on my parents to ask them to stay in a hotel when they visit. My wife and I have a two-month old baby. Any house guests are disruptive, especially with a newborn in the house. But my parents are the most … Continue reading #773: Grandparents, visits, and boundaries
#705: How do I wrestle family visits and conversations back from Uncle Pundit?
Hi, Captain and company, Recently I was reading through your archives and I found a great discussion on how to deal with a parent's significant other who co-ops all conversations into another round of 'Who's right-er?' with the answer always being "me." (of course I cannot find that question now to give you context) You … Continue reading #705: How do I wrestle family visits and conversations back from Uncle Pundit?
#697 “My narcissistic craphole dad likes to glom onto my achievements. How do I stop him from ruining my next big thing?”
Dear Captain Awkward, I'm in my late 20s and have achieved a considerable amount of success in my creative field. I earn a sizable living and have a good reputation in my field both nationally and internationally. My father and I do not have a very good relationship (short backstory: he is a professor who … Continue reading #697 “My narcissistic craphole dad likes to glom onto my achievements. How do I stop him from ruining my next big thing?”
#649 and #650: Making Room for the Ones You Love (Is How They Know You Love Them)
Season's felicitations, Awkward Army! Elodie Under Glass here with two letters about accommodating your loved ones during stressful celebrations. Goodness, could this be a TIMELY POST? Here's Letter #1. Dear Captain, I have a weird situation going with my dad. There's a lot of history here so I'll try to be brief. … Continue reading #649 and #650: Making Room for the Ones You Love (Is How They Know You Love Them)
#386: Facing down a predator.
Behind a cut for discussions of sexual abuse. Hi Captain Awkward, I don't know if you appreciate trigger warnings, since most of what you deal with sounds like it would apply, but this letter is about my dad who molested me. When I was starting puberty, my dad molested me. I told my mom, … Continue reading #386: Facing down a predator.
#294: My daughter is in a dysfunctional relationship, how do I help her?
Dear Captain Awkward, I know this is a really long post but I hope you read it through. I really need your advice regarding a situation with my daughter. A little background….about 2 years ago, my son at age 20 had an emotional breakdown and thought he was gay. The next 6 months were spent … Continue reading #294: My daughter is in a dysfunctional relationship, how do I help her?
#228: Breaking up with “The One.”
A-hoi hoi, Life is a bit awkward for me at the moment – so I thought you’d be my best bet. I had a seemingly-lovely partner, who broke up with me a fortnight ago after 3 years together. I’ve had to move out of our home and the give up all of our shared exciting … Continue reading #228: Breaking up with “The One.”
#217: The Almost-Doctor with the Almost-Boyfriend
Dear Captain Awkward, So there’s this guy, let’s call him James. We have been friends for several years and in this, our last year of medical school, have slowly gone from drunken making-out, to friends with benefits, to casually dating. It has been exciting and awesome, but we were both more or less expecting this … Continue reading #217: The Almost-Doctor with the Almost-Boyfriend
Reader question #72: A long and harrowing tale of dealing with emotional terrorists.
Dear Captain Awkward, I just had the weekend from hell. There was really no foreshadowing that the weekend would work out so horribly, but now that it has, I feel like it's foreshadowing an even more hellish future. I recently relocated with my partner to a beautiful, comfortable city about 2800 miles away from the … Continue reading Reader question #72: A long and harrowing tale of dealing with emotional terrorists.