“Mommy!” Coming from anyone other than your child it can certainly sound sickeningly saccharine, diminutive, and even mocking. But at the moment, all things Mommy reign supreme. This past weekend, Heather Havrilesky (who writes the awesome advice column Dear Polly, BTW) addressed this dichotomy for the New York Times Sunday Review in her piece, “Our ‘Mommy’ Problem.” Havrilesky writes:
Motherhood is no longer viewed as simply a relationship with your children, a role you play at home and at school, or even a hallowed institution. Motherhood has been elevated — or perhaps demoted — to the realm of lifestyle, an all-encompassing identity with demands and expectations that eclipse everything else in a woman’s life.
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It’s been said that the secret to a lasting marriage is to marry your best friend. As for my husband?
He’s my most reliable friend. He’s my funniest friend. He’s my most loyal friend. He’s my most genuine friend. He’s my most frank friend, resourceful friend and patient friend. He also happens to be my most handsome friend. But he isn’t my best friend. Read more on YourTango.com…
I live for good advice, and sometimes I spend a little too much energy attempting to absorb others’ hard-learned lessons into my own life. When I graduated from college, my attempts to gather as much advice as I could from everyone who’d already done it left me so overwhelmed with information that I went on an advice detox for a few months. I think I figured that by asking others about their youth I’d be able to magically skip the rough parts of postgrad life (hah), but it ultimately made me crazy. I’d started to overthink my every move and was so afraid of making a mistake that would ruin my shot at a happy life that I was, in fact, ruining my happy life by dwelling on it every second. My little break forced me to notice how often my friends were taking the same route by asking anyone and everyone to weigh in on their choices. It was like an epidemic, and more than any other topic in the world, the uncertain questions frequently led back to our love lives — even when we were happy as could be with them. Keep reading »
Over the years we’ve received many requests for advice about dealing with friends and money. So many of life’s most celebratory events — weddings, weekend getaways with friends, epic steakhouse dinners — involve the often-ignored element of financial negotiation. After the toasts have been made, the plates cleared and everyone has migrated out to the balcony for cigars, how do you settle up?
Well, we’ve finally put the most frequently asked questions together in one place and sat down to hash out our rules. These apply to any financial reality. Read more on Ask Men…
Five years ago, Ethan Knapp and Kenna Rusk’s love story began at Starbucks when Ethan came in to turn in a job application while Kenna was working.
On October 16, Ethan fittingly popped the question to his girlfriend in front of the original Starbucks location in Seattle, bringing their love story full circle. On Thursday, Starbucks shared a super cute photo of the proposal on their Instagram account, where it amassed more than 100,000 likes from their well-caffeinated followers. Read more on Huffington Post Weird News…
Have you ever dealt with a serial upstager? A one-upping, attention-grabbing, spotlight-stealing individual who never quits? Have you forgotten what it feels like to tell a story about work/the crazy man outside of your apartment/that time you were in Africa teaching kids to read and write/anything in its entirety? Have you’ve become all too comfortable sitting on the sidelines during family gatherings while this individual entertains aunts and uncles with tales of her days spent disciplining inner-city kids that are so absurd they definitely border on the untrue? Well, I have. And if you have, too … you know that it really sucks. Keep reading »