Advice Column: Response to Separate Ways

Dear Hailey,

I am 57 years old. My husband and I have two children 21 and 17 that still live at home. My husband grew up in Maryland since the age of 3 with his aunt, uncle and cousin who is like a brother to him due to the death of his parents. His four siblings stayed in PA with other relatives. I lived in NJ when I met my husband. We both worked for the same company in different states. I left the company we worked for, my family and friends to come to MD to be with him. … Read more

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Advice Column: Response to Passive Bride

Dear Hailey,

So I’m getting married in May, and I’ve got a potential dilemma that I don’t know how to tactfully approach, or if it’s even my place. I chose my best friend as my matron of honor, and my sister as my bridesmaid. My sister is thrilled about my wedding, and was so excited to contribute to planning my bridal shower. As far as the shower goes, I know I’m having one, but beyond that, I’m letting them surprise me.

The problem is, my MOH isn’t sharing with planning or coming up with ideas, and I feel that she’s … Read more

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Advice Column: Response to The Back-up Friend

Dear Hailey,

I have a close friend who I’ve known for a long time. We are both in our 30’s and this past summer she got engaged to a man she met online. They didn’t date long before announcing the engagement (6 weeks).

I am happy for her, but I feel like I’ve been shoved aside- granted I KNOW that the boyfriend/fiance/husband relationship does become the first priority because that’s the person you’re going to spend forever with and all, but this person has always been super considerate and thoughtful, but since she started seeing him we haven’t talked much … Read more

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Advice Column: Response to Next Phase

Dear Hailey,

I’m at a weird moment in my life. A question has, in sense, hit me and made me think of what I really want to do with my life. The question: “What would you do if money was not an issue?” was brought to my 28 year old self attention and I did not have answer and that made the whole thing make me feel like I was out of place. Would I travel? Write? Become a baker? Maybe a fitness instructor?

And it seems that my husband has found this answer for himself and is having him … Read more

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Advice Column: Response to Baby Crazy

Dear Hailey,

This is weighing so heavy on me and I’m not sure how to do anymore. My husband and I have been together for 13 years and have two ridiculously awesome boys together who are 7 and 8. We are in our mid thirties. Our kids were surprises the first time around. I was 25 and on birth control when I got pregnant with number one and was breastfeeding around the clock and rarely had – ahem – time to even create a second baby when I got pregnant with number two. 

We never got to plan or be … Read more

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Advice Column: Response to Fed up Rye

 Dear Hailey,

I’ve had to live with my parents into the current year (I’m 22) due to a health condition that makes it difficult to find a job. Also living with my parents are my younger sister Oat (19), my older sister Barley (28), and Barley’s 2 kids, Sorghum (4) and Wheat (2). It was very happy for me at first to have both my sisters and my beloved niece and nephew living in a house with me. We’re a very close family and I used to think we got along really well.

However, more and more it’s become apparent … Read more

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Advice Column: Response to Lost

Dear Hailey,

I’m friends with this guy he is 24 and I’m 18. We were cool till I developed feelings but he didn’t feel the same way and I kinda blew up and said I don’t want to be friends anymore. He was upset but we’ve ironed everything out. Then we got in another fight and we fixed things again. Now he is dating a girl and changing his ways he is the sweetest guy but now he is kinda cocky. Should I cut away from him or stay?


And it hurts me hearing him talk about this girl…and it’s … Read more

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Advice Column: Response to Overwhelmed and Coming Undone

Dear Hailey,

As inappropriate as it feels to ‘need’ a baby shower, my husband was JUST laid off a number of weeks ago and we, after several miscarriages, are finally expecting our first child in August.

My successful, established, younger sister very recently announced her impending nuptials for 3 weeks after our due date.

My mother, just yesterday, decided to no longer throw a baby shower for us until October at the earliest but I have been charged with organizing the bridal shower, set for 2 weeks prior to due date.


I’m feeling rather snubbed, however we have not openly … Read more

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Advice Column: Response to Fed up

Dear Hailey,

My friend is wanting to divorce her husband, for various and valid reasons,and they have a child together. She has moved out from their home together and is living with her parents again, which she is struggling with. She is having a hard time moving on from the idea of an intact family, but continues to spend a lot of time at her former home with the ex and their child (who is also having trouble accepting the change).

This feels a lot like playing house to me, and it seems like it’s confusing for everyone because she … Read more

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Advice Column: Start Fresh or Continue on?

Dear Hailey,

I met a smart, fun, successful, beautiful, and fiery lawyer 3 years ago while working in DC. It was the best year of my life to that point dating her. We married a year later and she moved to Colorado. The marriage was great for 9 months, and then we let the stresses of work, parenting, finances, and being 2 alpha personalities get the better of us and we got into a volatile environment that we were unable to resolve. I moved from our marital home with my kids after a year of marriage to remove them from … Read more

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