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Ask Erin: I Resent My Family

Artwork: Tess Emily Rodriguez

I resent my family. My dad got seriously chronically ill, and everything changed. My siblings basically have done nothing to help.

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Five Ways We Can Stand In Our Power

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This isn’t an essay about how “woke” I am — instead, it’s a journey of reclamation and standing in my power, which started with my getting sober.

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Ask Erin: How Can I Set Boundaries With My Online Friend?

Artwork: Tess Emily Rodriguez

Why do we have a hard time with boundaries? Many of us, especially women, were raised to be people-pleasers and caregivers.

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8 Changes You Should Never Make For A Partner (And How To Know If You Are)

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For example, when you start cutting friends out because of your partner, it's a sure-fire indicator that something isn't right here

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Ask Erin: My Sister's Boyfriend Is Coming Between Us

Artwork: Tess Emily Rodriguez

That night, my sister's boyfriend sent me a text message saying “sweet dreams.”

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Ask Erin: Am I Overreacting?

I'm getting really annoyed, but I don't know if I'm overreacting, just being a jealous child.

I'm getting really annoyed, but I don't know if I'm overreacting, just being a jealous child.

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Breaking Up With My Narcissistic Father

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This self-absorbed womanizer is my narcissistic father. And many of us have them.

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Ask Erin: My Friend Always Has To Get Her Way

She wants things done HER way, and if somebody else comes with another idea, she screws it up.

If she wants pizza, we all go to eat pizza. She wants things done HER way, and if somebody else comes with another idea, she screws it up.

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Ask Erin: I Don't Want My Mom Smoking Around My Son

I am willing to spend time with her — if she's not smoking around my son or me. (Artwork: Tess Emily Rodriguez)

I am willing to spend time with her — if she's not smoking around my son or me.

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I Refuse To Spend Christmas With My Family & I'm Happier For It

The Christmas travel was taking more and more tolls on our bodies, and we were getting grumpier every year. (Photo courtesy of the author.)

The Christmas travel was taking more and more tolls on our bodies, and we were getting grumpier every year.

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