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Dear Wendy: “My 33-Year-Old Boyfriend Still Lives At Home”

It’s time again for “Shortcuts,” wherein I answer readers’ letters in two sentences or less. Sometimes the answer to a person’s question is so obvious and the need to hear it so great, being as clear and frank as possible is simply the best way to go. Today we discuss un-ambitious significant others, jealous friends, and interpreting mixed signals. Keep reading »

Can Your Relationship Survive Disasters Of Biblical Proportion?

I don’t care how in love you are. No matter how much naked-couple time you log, how often you finish each other’s sentences—even if you regularly eat up hours marveling at the beauty that is your unique, special snowflake of love, every relationship has its ups and downs.

Rare is the couple that can’t handle the highs. Sure, you hear about the occasional marriage that breaks up over lottery windfalls (or when the female half wins an Academy Award, ahem), but for the most part, good fortune is a breeze. It’s the rough stuff that puts your love to the test. And what could be harder to handle than the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?!

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Dear Wendy: “My Ex Still Contacts My Kids On Facebook”

I’m a single mom and I recently broke off a relationship of about a year with a guy who’s a single dad. I grew up in a step-family and could see danger ahead if we continued the relationship. Just suffice it to say that my kids are a big part of my life, but for my former SO, his kid IS his life. Here’s what I question: when I dumped him, of course, he unfriended me on Facebook. While I don’t live and die by my online presence, what bugs me (although I don’t know if it should) is that he has kept all my kids as Facebook friends. He comments on their posts, and sends them messages! I don’t stalk him online, but other than block my kids from my feeds, I keep seeing the comments. In the real world, I really don’t think ex-SOs would keep in contact with kids, but who knows? I thought maybe you could give me some perspective! — Single Mom

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Dear Wendy: “My Boyfriend’s Gotten Fat”

I have been dating my first serious boyfriend for five months now. He has always been a bit on the chubby side, but in no way overweight. At first it bothered me a little bit but I didn’t make a big deal about it, but he gained even more weight since we started dating, in part because his gym membership expired and then he was so busy he stopped going for a while. I am starting to lose my sexual attraction to him, and I almost never orgasm (which might be normal because he is my first?). He started to go to the gym again and is being careful with what he eats, but he eats out a lot and drinks a lot of beer when we go out. I have talked to him about his weight, but mostly by joking around about it. I know that his weight bothers him, and he knows that it bothers me. I love my boyfriend to death and would not trade him for Tom Brady, but this situation is really starting to affect me. I tried to subtly tell him that it affects my sexual attraction to him, but whenever I try to bring up the subject I can see that it really hurts him, and hurting him is the last thing I want to do. Our relationship is perfect in every way, except for this. What should I do? — Weight-Watcher

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Love Vandal: It’s A Trap

Reader Laicy snapped this while walking across the Aurora Bridge in Seattle.

Have you seen graffiti that’s kind of sweet (even if it is against the law)? Send your pic to tips@thefrisky.com. Keep reading »

Dear Wendy: “Always The Rebound, Never The Boyfriend”

Just about my whole life I have been the “rebound guy” for most of my relationships. I have a knack for meeting women who have just exited a long relationship and once I help heal their broken hearts, I’m dumped. For the last year and a half, I’ve been dating a woman who, you guessed it, was just out of a four-year relationship when we met. Learning from past experiences, I didn’t hold any expectations or try too hard to get a commitment. As such, our relationship has been pretty on and off: we’ll go on a date, then she’ll disappear for a few weeks, then I’ll hear back. Rinse and repeat. I know I have not landed this plane crash in the “friend zone” because there is sex. Whether or not I veered into “booty call zone” is unclear, though certainly possible. When we first started seeing each other she specifically mentioned she was not looking to get back into a relationship, which I totally understood and agreed with. So my question for you would be this: what is the statute of limitations when it comes to a rebound relationship? Is the next person you are with after a long relationship automatically the “rebound,” be it three months or three years later? Should I let her get the “rebounding” out of her system with some other schmuck and then I’d no longer be the rebound? But then, if I do that, I run the risk of her meeting Mr. Anti-Schmuck neurosurgeon who owns three yachts. And, maybe, I was already the rebound guy and there’s no hope? — Rebound Guy

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