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Dear AVENUE - My Husband's Job is Stressing All of Us

Dear AVENUE - My Husband's Job is Stressing All of Us

Dear AVENUE

My husband has a very stressful job and he complains about it every day.  There’s a lot of conflict between him and one of his colleagues and he’s not good at managing it.  When he comes home, he’s in a bad mood, sometimes he barely speak to me and the kids.  It’s been going on for an age and it’s really awful.  I try to speak to him about it but he just barks at me, saying I don’t understand.  I see the children watching the clock, waiting for Dad to come home and they scarper before he does.  It’s all becoming unbearable, please help.

Dear AVENUE - Step Family Holidays Without the Tears

Dear AVENUE - Step Family Holidays Without the Tears

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My partner and I both have children from our previous marriages.  He wants us all to go on a family holiday but we haven’t been together for very long and our children are all different ages from 4 to 14.  I can’t help thinking it will end in tears but he is so enthusiastic about the idea.  What should I do?

Dear AVENUE - My Partner is Such a Flirt

Dear AVENUE - My Partner is Such a Flirt

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My partner is such a flirt.  Every time we go out, he spends more time eyeing up other women than paying any attention to me.  It doesn’t matter if we’re out for dinner or at the supermarket, it’s so embarrassing and humiliating. When I pull him up about it, he says I’m being too sensitive.  Am I overreacting?

Dear AVENUE - My Sister-in-Law is Trying to Pilfer The Family Jewels

Dear AVENUE - My Sister-in-Law is Trying to Pilfer The Family Jewels

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My dear old Mum passed away last year and my sister-in-law is trying to pilfer some of her jewellery, paintings and the silverware. I’m absolutely livid, especially as my brother is being his usual passive self and saying nothing, he’s so hen-pecked! It’s hard for me to talk to him because she’s always there and he constantly defends her, whatever the circumstances. I’m afraid she’ll help herself to things when I’m not there. What can I do that won’t cause a huge family bust up?

Dear AVENUE - My Five Year Old Son is Having Nightmares and Wetting The Bed

Dear AVENUE - My Five Year Old Son is Having Nightmares and Wetting The Bed

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I recently split up with my wife and our five year old son is living with me.  His mum has been unwell with depression for the last year or so but he does have weekly contact with her.  Over the past couple of months, my son has started having nightmares and wetting the bed.  I was hoping it was just a phase but I think he’s getting worse. Can you please help, I don’t know what to do?

Dear AVENUE - How to Survive Being Miles Apart

Dear AVENUE - How to Survive Being Miles Apart

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My partner and I have been together for nearly 2 years and I have just been offered a job in Dubai. It’s a very good opportunity and my partner is supportive but we are both worried about managing a long distance relationship.

Dear AVENUE - I Want to See More of My Sons

Dear AVENUE - I Want to See More of My Sons

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My wife and I separated 6 months ago and we have 2 sons who live with their mum. I had hoped to be able to see them more or less whenever possible so that the whole thing was flexible and fit in with everyone’s plans. However, my wife insists that contact with my sons should be fixed – the same days/times every week. This means I sometimes can’t see them if they have a party or another event to go to. How can I deal with this?

Dear AVENUE - My Mother is in Her Seventies and Still Drives Me Crazy

Dear AVENUE - My Mother is in Her Seventies and Still Drives Me Crazy

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My mother is in her seventies and we have never got along that well.  She can be pretty nasty to me and is very demanding.  Because of her ill health, I do a lot of running around for her, do her shopping, take her to appointments and clean her house. Nothing is ever good enough and I can never wait to leave.  On top of that, my brother shares none of the responsibility.