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  1. Tell Me About It: Dad overreacts when son has a problem


    Q: My 14-year-old son said to me this morning, "I guess I will learn to rant to you and not Dad," after a frustrating conversation the night before where Son wanted to tell us about football frustrations and Husband insisted on trying to fix the problem, including calls to the coach, principal, you name it.

  2. Tell Me About It: Couple's tiffs indicate issues of trust


    Couple's tiffs indicate issues of trust

  3. Tell Me About It: Name pronunciation becomes family issue


    Q: My family is Irish and my brother and his wife named their baby daughter "Aisling," a rather traditional name. The name is pronounced similar to "Ashley" traditionally, but they are pronouncing it "A-zling." My father insists on using the traditional pronunciation, arguing that it's important for a connection …

  4. Tell Me About It: Inappropriate suggestion requires apology


    Q: My 13-year-old niece is tiny and has a big nose. We live in a community where a lot of teenage girls have cosmetic surgery at 16. I suggested to my brother in private that his daughter may be a candidate for this procedure. (My 19-year-old stepdaughter and my wife have had nose jobs.) My brother was deeply …

  5. Tell Me About It: With maturity comes new dating agenda


    Q: I'm back to dating after a multiple-year relationship. Years ago, I think I believed it was wrong for people to "date around" without being explicitly clear that's what they were doing. Now that I'm closer to 30 than 21, things feel oddly less clear, not more. I am not sleeping with anyone, but there are a few …

  6. Tell Me About It: Dad's hesitant to suggest father-son outing


    Q: My son has recently started dating a nice girl who both my wife and I like and enjoy.

  7. Tell Me About It: There's more to the lesson than vocabulary


    Q: My 10-year-old son has started expressing that he "hates" certain people/kids. How do I go about getting him to stop using that word?

    Hating "Hate"

  8. From This Day: Sheena Swartz and Nick Bentley


    TAMPA — As her father's health worsened, Sheena Swartz widened her search for the perfect wedding gown. She didn't know if he'd live to see her marry Nick Bentley, but she promised that he would see his only child in the dress of her dreams.

    Nick Bentley and Sheena Swartz wed Jan. 24 at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort.