It’s Her Story and She’s Sticking to It

Dear Short Answers: Everything my older sister says about herself is a lie. I can’t stand it anymore. What should I do? I Was There, Too Dear Too: Everyone is entitled to their own narrative.  And our experience is people get very committed to their version of truth. Leave it alone. Like Unlike

Your Brother’s Keeper

Dear Short Answers: My older brother has some emotional problems and tends to lean on me too much sometimes. I love him but want him to back off a bit and live his own life. What can I say to him that won’t hurt his feelings but gives me more space? A Smothered Little Sister [...]

Cents and Sensibility

Dear Short Answers: I have 2 children. One is reasonably well off, the other is chronically in debt. Do I treat them equally in my will? Mom Dear Mom: Which one were you considering rewarding — the grasshopper or the ant?  In general, we think an equal division is sensible and equitable regardless of circumstance.  [...]

Minding His Business

Dear Short Answers: I am really worried about my brother who has started to show up at family affairs with gorgeous much younger girls who I think are paid escorts (my brother’s 20 year marriage recently ended very badly). I am worried because (1) these girls are in it just for the money (I’m sure) [...]

Is 2 Too Many?

Dear Short Answers: This is going to sound really weird but I swear it’s true. A couple of weeks ago I met a really cute girl and we hung out a little and ended up having sex which was totally cool. Since then, we’ve seen each other a couple of times and we’re not going [...]

Day Late/Dollar Short

Dear Short Answers: My brother makes a LOT of money and is very generous. He helps support a number of family members including our parents who are in their middle 80′s. I’m far from poor but just finished putting a child through college. I haven’t contributed in the same way. He never asks for help, [...]


Dear Short Answers: I am 13 years old and my sister is two years older than me, and we always talk about everything. We are like best friends. The problem is, I have a boyfriend, but she doesn’t. So whenever I want to talk with her about how a date went or something that happened, [...]

One Step At A Time

Dear Short Answers: I have an adult relative who does not know he has a half-brother.  He is an “only” child and his parents have now passed away and he will never know unless we tell him.  Do we have the right to give him this information and let him decide if he wants to [...]

Brother Beware

Dear Short Answers: My girlfriend and I are in an amazing relationship. Her brother is a jerk and makes her life difficult in general. We make plans with him and his fiancee, and are cordial and extend invitations all the time. However, the bottom line is, we don’t really care for them that much.  How [...]

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished…

Dear Short Answers: My sister always bugs me and she gets mad at me for no reason. Do you know why? Sick of it Dear Sick: She does it because she can–it goes with territory. She’s probably having a hard time…  Stay out of her way for awhile. Like Unlike

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