Babies, Pets and Facebook Friends

The etiquette of responding to Facebook friends is murky and can inadvertently causes rifts and misunderstandings, even between good friends.

Losing Friends After Being Sick

It’s hard to get back to life and reconnect with social supports after any kind of serious illness, particularly for young people.

How to Gently Let Go of A Toxic Friend

It's awkward to end a friendship. Here a some practical tips for letting go.

Logged on to My Friend's Facebook Page

My friendship is almost ruined and you’re the only one I could ask for help. I have my friend’s Facebook password so I was curious last night and logged in on her page (my mistake). I read a conversation with another of my friends.

Ex-Pats: Can't We All Be Friends?

About 12 months ago my fiancé and I moved from the UK to the USA. A couple we knew had previously done the same thing 12 months earlier, and so when we moved I struck up a friendship with the woman...I thought we were starting to build a friendship.

The Bad Friend

Finding ways to handle the “bad friend” dilemma can be challenging but there are more options when your children are young.

Best Friends: Should You Tell or Keep It to Yourself?

The answer to whether or not you should tell your best friend she's your girl crush depends on WHY you want to tell her.

My Sister Was My Best Friend

My sister and I used to be best friends. We had a tough time growing up. Our mother was (and still is) difficult so we supported each other a lot. As adults we remained close until recently.

Friendship Struggles of Teens with Learning Disabilities

It is not uncommon for teens with learning disabilities to have problems making and keeping friends. Of course, the nature of these problems varies widely depending on the individuals and their disabilities.

Surviving Menopause: Not Yours, Your Grumpy Friend’s

Many of my friends and family members are going through menopause/perimenopause right now, and I find myself surrounded by a lot of grumpy women.

Getting Over Getting Dumped

I have been part of a group of friends since we were at University. We were housemates and had nothing in common: not life style, not personality, not taste in anything. Yet we were a solid group of friends.

How to Keep an Online Friendship Online

I am often caught off guard by the recurring incidence of online "friends" (emailing, blogging, and/or Facebook) who want to take the friendship to the "face to face" level. The Internet has destroyed some important boundaries.

When Friends Treat Us Too Much Like Family

I go to dinner with the same group of women for different reasons: birthdays, gourmet dinners, etc. A friend in the group, whom I talk with in a friendly way on the phone, always ignores me when we are out as a group.

An Interview with Carlin Flora, Author of Friendfluence

Carlin Flora's new book makes a seminal contribution to the literature on's also a great read.

The Angry Widow: How Can Her Friend Deal With Her?

I have a friend who lost her husband about a year ago. She has also lost most of her friends through her hostile behavior.

Valentine's Day: Call Me a Hopeless Romantic

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day or the Día del amor y la Amistad (Day of Love and Friendship)—as do many Latin Americans—February 14th offers a perfect opportunity to show affection for close friends, who add so much to our lives.

The Frustrations of Phone Tag

I just recently reconnected with an old teacher of mine after 40 years. I sent her a letter letting her know what a difference she had made in my life.

How Do You "Break Up" With a Group?

Sometimes we find ourselves in the awkward position of being a member of a group we no longer want to be part of. Is there a graceful way out? How do you break up with a group?

Developing Friendships as Part of a Couple

There is no set guide for how to handle friendships within the context of marriage so here are some suggestions in response to a reader.

Defining Loyalty in Friendships

I pride myself in being a loyal but I don’t know how to handle my friend's enemies.

Make Midlife Friendships: Not Always Easy

I seem to have problems sustaining friendships. I must be doing something wrong. I don’t feel that I am insecure or depressed or even needy! But after a few months my new friendships seem to just stop.

On Access: Mental Health and Guns

Access to legal and illegal guns seems easier than access to mental health treatment. This imbalance needs to be reversed.

Wanted: A Spontaneous Friend

She’s the kind of friend whom you can ask to come over right away to help you decide what to wear tonight—or the friend who’ll be sitting with you as you wait for your repeat mammography that was only scheduled this morning.

Excluded by Grown-Up Mean Girls

I have mixed with a group of 7 or 8 women in my hometown since my oldest child was at kindergarten and she is now nine. I have been closer to some more than others and fluctuations in the intimacy of these friendships have occurred, which is probably normal. Recently, however, I have felt excluded by the group.

A Different Kind of Retirement Planning

it's never too late to pursue the interests, hobbies, and friendships you didn’t have time for before.

Friendship Advice: Dumped by a Friend at Work

It’s been one-and-a-half years since my good friend and I broke up. As background, I’m 39 and she’s 45. I’m single and she’s divorced. Neither of us have kids. We had been good friends for seven years…met at work.

When a Friend Goes AWOL

"We never had any kind of disagreement that I know of, and I am not a needy friend at all. After a year of silence, she sends me an email saying she wants to keep in touch but then hasn’t."

Making Friends: Having Trouble Getting Close

I find it difficult to make friends. I've got some friends and had some in the past but when I analyze how we became friends it’s almost always either via someone else (usually a friend of my husband or brother) or because they made friends with me.

A Friend Who Nags Me About My Weight

My friend had been making jabs about my weight for months. Two years ago, I lost 40 pounds and then put it all back on.

Introduced two friends...and now I'm left out

About two years ago I became friends with a woman I met at a class. We immediately hit it off and became fast friends. It seemed like we had lots in common...