# Troubled relationships
Man spent the day of his 5th wedding anniversary with his wife instead of dealing with family emergency
A man and his wife are approaching their 5th wedding anniversary. To celebrate the special occasion, he made some special plans for the day. A day before the anniversary, his parents called him with an emergency, they had to go out of town to visit a sick relative. So instead of spending the day with his wife on their anniversary, they wanted him to babysit his nine-year-old sister instead. (source)
Aunt let's nieces and nephew call her 'mommy'; real mother is offended
Having nieces and nephews can be so much fun and fulfilling. It definitely comes with its challenges too like having patience to deal with difficult behaviors, or enduring frustrating conversations; but at the end of the day, having these bonds with them is worth all of it. But what happens when the bonds are a little too deep?
Woman refuses to go to toxic father's wedding; father says she is 'holding onto small things from childhood'
Whenever we talk of mending relationships with our parents, it can bring on a mixed bag of emotions. We may harbor feelings of resentment, anger, and even sadness when thinking of the past and how our parents have treated us growing up. Many families might even need therapy to help mend the relationship that was broken.
Man in trouble for telling his girlfriend he is smarter than her
Is it healthy to have competition in relationships? It can be natural to want to outdo your partner at something, but when it turns into an obsession and leads to hurt feelings, it can become a problem. A man explains his situation on Reddit.
Woman's husband tells her parents they have to sleep in separate rooms
As our kids grow up, it makes sense to have some house rules when their boyfriends or girlfriends come over. But there is a time to loosen the reins a little bit. Or at least that is what a woman and her husband thought when her parents told them they had to sleep in separate rooms. She took to Reddit (that has sense been deleted) to explain what happened.
Woman makes homemade food for everyone except her brother's stepdaughter; brother is furious
Food allergies can be scary and life threatening. That's why this woman decided not to cook for her brother's stepdaughter. With one wrong cross-contamination, the young girl could be sent to the hospital. That knowledge was enough to keep the woman from making the stepdaughter a plate and buying her take-out instead. However, her brother didn't quite appreciate the measure of safety she was taking.
Pregnant woman feels in competition with pregnant stepdaughter; husband helps his daughter more than his wife
It's no surprise that being pregnant can be both a joyful and difficult experience—it changes our day-to-day lives in innumerable ways! Doing all of the extra work that comes with preparing for a baby can come with its fair share of stress, but it doesn't have to: having help from a partner during pregnancy can make the entire ordeal much more bearable. But what do you do when the person helping you is also helping someone else?
A woman is upset with boyfriend because he kisses and hugs other women; he says it's a "cultural thing"
Dating outside of your culture is definitely a tricky endeavor. Not only do you have to get to know someone and their personality, but you have to learn about the practices and values that are different from yours.
Man rejected by woman because he has bad hygiene
Nobody wants to get close to someone who doesn't take care of their hygiene and most people would rather dump their date than be seen with someone with poor hygiene. Good hygiene can put people at ease and lasts much longer than physical attractiveness or fast talking. Plus, it shows that you care about the impression you make and have respect for yourself; traits that all potential partners find desirable.
Man furious when girlfriend's coworker isn't attracted to him: 'Look at me, how could she not find me attractive?"
*This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events I experienced firsthand; used with permission. I fell in love with a coworker. By the way, never fall in love with a coworker. It's bad news. I ought to know; I've done it more than once.
Woman claims married man places flowers on her car windshield every day during lunch break: 'He's never out of my sight'
*This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events I experienced firsthand; used with permission. My husband and I worked together briefly. In fact, we met at work. When we worked together, we had the same shift, so we rode to work together in the same car. At the end of the shift, we rode home together, also in the same car. We spent coffee breaks together, and we spent lunch breaks together, and I know it sounds like a lot of togetherness, but bear with me. There's a point.
Woman files for legal separation after husband sides with mother-in-law
**This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events as told to me by a client, who experienced them firsthand; used with permission. When two people wed, they aren't just marrying each other - they're inheriting a new family. Their union brings two families together, with all their traditions and quirks, to create a unique and different connection.
'Do you have a light?': Woman furious when husband's smirking ex-girlfriend asks him to light her cigarette
*This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events I experienced firsthand; used with permission. I've always been a jealous person. So when a woman I'd never seen before stopped my husband on the street to ask him to light her cigarette, I felt my stomach clench.
'Her husband would never have an affair with me when his wife is so much more beautiful than I am': Woman tricks husband
*This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events as told to me by a family member, who experienced them firsthand; used with permission. If you've ever rented out your house to tenants, you know they can be, shall we say, out of the ordinary. My parents learned that lesson the hard way when they bought a three-family home for us to live in and began renting out the top two tenements to strangers.
'Your husband's having an affair with an older woman': Visitor blurts out news about her host's husband on Christmas Day
*This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events I experienced firsthand; used with permission. Christmas is the time of year when families get together to be joyful and happy. Who doesn't enjoy seeing family and friends for any special occasion?
Groom refuses to shower or brush teeth on wedding night
*This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events I experienced firsthand; used with permission. From what I'm about to tell you, you might imagine my husband and I were a match made in heaven. Nothing could have been further from the truth, but we did have something in common.
My boyfriend promised marriage if we dated for 3 years: Then he didn't propose marriage until 3 years after we broke up
*This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events I experienced firsthand; used with permission. I got married at nineteen, and I got divorced at twenty-four. I've never considered getting remarried since my divorce. I am happily divorced, far happier than I could ever be married.
Man demands girlfriend wash his car on a date: 'He didn't pay me a penny or lift a finger to help'
*This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events I experienced firsthand; used with permission. My boyfriend liked having other people do things for him. Whenever his parents said they were going to the market, he gave them a list of things to pick up for him.
'I don't need you to tell me how to drive': Man demands a ride to eye doctor and then complains the entire round trip
*This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events I experienced firsthand; used with permission. I dated a man who was extremely bossy. He didn't hide who he was in the beginning. His true colors were visible right up front.
Teen bride refuses to shower or comb her hair on her wedding day: 'I just didn't feel like it'
*This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events I experienced firsthand; used with permission. It was an uncommonly warm day in September, and it was my last day as a single woman. I was both an adult and a child, getting married at the age of nineteen. Legal to wed, just not advisable. It was one of the worst decisions of my life, but that's the subject of many other stories.