#1248: “How to set boundaries with someone who just doesn’t listen to me?”

This is another one in a series about difficult parent relationships: A dad who wants to talk on the phone for hours about only the things he wants to talk about and who reminds his daughter, when she tries to set boundaries, that he has nobody else to talk to. It's about guilt and about … Continue reading #1248: “How to set boundaries with someone who just doesn’t listen to me?”

#834: “My mom keeps gifting me with stuff that isn’t just stuff.”

Dear Captain Awkward, Now that my spouse and I have purchased a house, my mother (who is a difficult person, reminiscent of Alice, but with her own special nuances) is constantly sending us my family’s old junk. Here’s how the conversation goes: Mom says (for example), “I have all of these lawn ornaments that have … Continue reading #834: “My mom keeps gifting me with stuff that isn’t just stuff.”