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Dear Wendy Updates: “Life Part Deux” Responds

It’s time again for “Dear Wendy Updates,” a feature where people I’ve given advice to in the past let us know whether they followed the advice and how they’re doing today. After the jump, we hear from “Life Part Deux” the 54-year-old divorced woman whose new boyfriend traveled so much for work, she only saw him once a month for a few days at a time. “I got divorced because I believed I deserved more in a relationship.” She wrote. “Now, I’m thinking that I still deserve more in a relationship … but I’m dreading going through with breaking up and looking for someone else again.” After the jump, find out if she broke up with him. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: I Found Out My Engagement Ring Was Junk

I’d always been told my engagement ring was special.

“Very high quality,” said my mother-in-law, who bought only high-quality pieces for her collection. “You’re very lucky.”

“You don’t want to know how much I paid for the resetting,” said Joe, my fiance-then-husband.

I didn’t care how much the ring cost, whether it was a hundred bucks or 18 G’s like at Tiffany’s. All I cared was that Joe was finally taking that final step, that after years of disapproval, his family had accepted me. I was finally good enough in his mother’s eyes, and had one of her prized baubles to prove it.

Or so I thought. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Step Off, Stepmothers

For years, stepmothers have complained that “Snow White” cast them in an unflattering light. Pop culture has tried to rehabilitate their reputation, presenting us with such paragons of step-parental virtue as Julie Andrews in “The Sound of Music,” Florence Henderson on “The Brady Bunch,” and Allison Janney in “Juno.”

But in real life, many women find coping with another woman’s child harder than they had hoped. Some balk. Many moan. They form support groups, write articles about their hardships, and even publish books based on their challenging new situation.

While I’m sure parenting your partner’s kids can’t be a cakewalk, I think these women should shut up and wise up. Because no matter how hard it might be to become a step-parent, it’s twice as challenging to gain one. Keep reading »

Usher Says His Divorce Made Him More Popular, Likely To Assemble A Harem

“In an era when sensationalism is more prevalent than anything, yeah, [the divorce upped my popularity]. People love a train wreck. Lindsay Lohan—everybody is eager to see how that comes out. This is somewhat the same thing … Seeing how marriage didn’t work out for me the first time, I’m in no rush to do it again. Maybe I can find a couple of women who are open-minded. Look at how Hugh Hefner does it, with a harem of women.”

Usher talks about his divorce last year from Tameka Foster in the new issue of Playboy. Any volunteers for his harem? Anyone? [People] Keep reading »

Dear Wendy: “We Broke Up. Should I Return My Birthday Gift?”

I got out of a very rocky two-year LDR about a month ago. About two months prior to the breakup (and while I was desperately trying to make the relationship work), I visited him for my birthday and he gave me an Xbox 360. When I finally managed to break up with him — after trying at least five times — he took it very poorly. We talked the next day and he told me he’d broken or thrown away everything I’d given him. We didn’t talk again until yesterday, when I got a text from him saying, “Send me back the Xbox.” Flustered, I responded, “So you can break it, too?” He called me and said he’d tell the police I’d stolen it, and his mom was “willing to be a witness” of the theft. Now, I have no idea if the police would get involved (especially since we live in different states), and I probably shouldn’t have accepted it knowing the relationship was doomed, but should I give it back now? I’d prefer to keep it — I’ve bought games for it already and I can’t afford a new one — but I also don’t want to be arrested! — Hopefully Not a Thief

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Dear Wendy: “My Boyfriend’s Too Close With His Students”

My boyfriend has been a teacher for about four years after going back to school and changing careers. He’s almost 31, but a young 31, and is widely known on campus for being one of the more relatable teachers. We’ve been together for almost two years, and have now lived together for one year, and something about his contact with former students is starting to nag at me more and more. He has a rule that he will not become Facebook friends with any of his current students; however, once the last day of school passes, they all start adding him. I think it’s great that they all like him as much as they do, and I know he’s effective and successful at his job, but I find it strange that he communicates with a lot of the 14- and 15-year-olds on a regular basis. Most of it is harmless, such as talking about sports or encouraging them to do well in their high school courses, but there is one former student in particular that is starting to get to me.

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