My Life as a Stand-in Dad

When my sister’s kids were young, I moved in with them and became a co-parent. Now that they’re college-aged, I asked them what they made of that time, and how they came to think of me as both their uncle and replacement father figure

Middle-Aged Men Are, In Fact, Assholes, Researchers Say

It’s like they could hear every Thanksgiving dinner conversation with your uncle

How to Lower People’s Expectations of You

Consider it the ‘underpromise, overdeliver’ approach to interpersonal relationships

What’s So Wrong With Being Emotionally Unavailable?

Therapists tell us to share our feelings, but experience suggests it doesn’t always work out well