Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Tammuz 24, 5774

I have been dating my boyfriend for nine months now, and I'm meeting many members of his family in a couple of weeks at his niece's third birthday party. I would love suggestions for appropriate gifts to give a three-year-old, but my main question is this: Should I get the six-month-old nephew a present, too? I don't want to overdo it and come across like I'm trying too hard, but I also want to make a good first impression. What do you think?

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Right now a lot of changes are happening with myself and my close friends — getting married, buying homes, having babies. Since we're all on about same timeline, I guess it's inevitable that some people feel the need to act competitive around these changes. Personally, I find this exhausting. What a waste of time and energy. Do I approach the offending friends? How do I make sure that we don't poison our friendships with this petty nonsense?

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I just landed a new position where I have the freedom to work from home.  I still take my son to daycare, but I find myself feeling an obligation to be completely tied to my computer, worried that my employer will think I'm not actually working. What is the expectation for telecommuters, and how do I stop feeling like I'm not doing enough?

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