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 … Continue reading #481: My parents acquired a friend for me (with a gross, moldy congealed side of stalking).
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, … Continue reading #453: Guest Post: How Do I Come Out to My Mom?
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 … Continue reading #446 and #447: Aging, family, and boundaries
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 … Continue reading #418: My mom wants me to prioritize caring for my sister over caring for myself. What do I do?
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 … Continue reading #416: How do I get a Team You?
Behind a cut for sure. Reasons are in the title, and it gets pretty detailed, so be warned. Dear Captain Awkward (or appropriate guest blogger), I recently had a fight with my mom over the definition of rape and the concept of enthusiastic consent and I don't know how to handle the outcome right now. First I … Continue reading #394: Discussing consent & rape with my mom is leaving us both shredded.
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 … Continue reading #362: Go the F*** to Sleep
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 … Continue reading #356: My parents want me to parent my brother.
Dear Captain Awkward, Ever since I can remember my worth in my family has only gone up when my weight goes down. My mom was always telling me I was too fat and that I needed to pull my pants up over my stomach or that I needed to buy larger … Continue reading #345: My mom won’t shut up about my weight
Hello Captain Awkward, I've been reading your blog for the past while but now I feel like I have a question to ask. My fiance's family is fairly close on his mother's side. His mom remarried a few years ago and through the process of it all, Fiance has three step sisters to add to … Continue reading #344: Visiting distant family is becoming a strain.