Author: The Elderly Aunt

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Hey Elderly Aunt, how do I urge my partner to recycle?

Let me preface my question by saying my partner is wonderful in so many ways … but the guy will not recycle … All he has to do is toss them into the recycling bin, but he says it fills up too fast and just smells and that the stuff “probably” ends up in a landfill anyway. I refuse to pick through the trash behind him. Any advice for how I can do this little thing to help the environment without turning it into a big fight?

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Hey Elderly Aunt, How do I reach my brother who’s fallen down the QAnon rabbit hole?

Dear Elderly Aunt: Much to my horror and dismay, my brother began sharing QAnon BS on Facebook a couple weeks back. Rather than responding on Facebook to what he’s put up there, I tried talking with him. It did not go well. He’s buying into all these looney tall tales about a deep state and the coronavirus being a hoax … What can I do to try to bring him back to reality and help him see the difference between facts and fiction? Or should I accept that he’s been sucked into an alternative reality?

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Hey Elderly Aunt, how do I respond to being re-invited to a Zoom wedding I initially wasn’t invited to?

Hello Elderly Aunt, I do have a situation, sort of. We weren’t invited to a wedding, and now we are. And I want to say something, but I’m trying not to …

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Hey Elderly Aunt, help me help my daughter avoid cyberbullying

Like many parents, I’m concerned about the fall school year but not just because of the uncertainty that comes with online learning. My daughter, who is in middle school, has already been the target of bullying. Some other girls in her grade criticized her clothes and appearance and her music choices last year. She’s not eager to share with me but she had a couple of friends from church who are in her grade, though not in her classes, that I think she sometimes confided in. I worry that the bullying might resume in the form of cyberbullying and without her ability to connect with others in person, I’m afraid the isolation will only compound the problem. What can I do as a parent to help her navigate this? Thanks for helping me.

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Hey Elderly Aunt, help me convince my husband to stop driving (half) blind

Dear Elderly Aunt, My husband’s eyesight is getting worse. I’m no longer comfortable being a passenger in the car with him and have told him so. I do the driving when we both go places. But he still gets behind the wheel to drive himself into town. This is making me more nervous, but his license doesn’t expire for another 18 months, and he keeps saying he’ll be OK until then. I don’t want to just hide the keys, so how would you suggest I firmly but delicately address this issue with him?

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Hey Elderly Aunt, should a virtual romance move to the real world in a pandemic?

So there’s this guy. I think I like him. But we’ve only talked on “virtual” dates over the past three months. You know, the whole pandemic and all. The conversations have been good, but sometimes get awkward. I can’t tell if that’s because of the screens between us, the newness of the relationship, or a less-than-ideal chemistry. I’d like to meet up in person, but that would require some travel for one or both of us …

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Hey Elderly Aunt, how do I handle my granny’s guilt trips about not visiting her in a pandemic?

Dear Elderly Aunt: My grandmother, who is in her late 80s, has been on me for weeks about us coming to visit her two states away. Now she’s really laying on the guilt, especially when it comes to seeing our kids, who are both under the age of four …

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Hey Elderly Aunt, is it time for the nation to get a divorce?

There are two large segments (~ 40% each) of the U.S.A. population that want two completely different kinds of government. Their interests can’t be reconciled because compromise is no longer an option … Isn’t it time to discuss a divorce from ourselves; however complicated and messy that may be?

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