Does divorce really have a major impact on kids?

My parents divorced when I was 16-years-old. They did everything in their power to try to make it work, from their perspective, but it was best for them to move on. I have heard it said that some parents try to wait until the kids are out of the house, but that did not work for them. However, I do not feel it had lingering effects on me. Sure, holidays have been different and not having them together is still unusual, but I know they still love me and have done everything for me. In my case, I have not seen major repercussions in my life. What has your experience been?

Parents Having Trouble Raising Their Kid(s)

I came across this video on "Oprah" where she talks to a mother who raised her boy like a girl, even though the child did not want this. There were medical procedures done, as well, to make this process even more real. I am not saying I had this kind of trouble with my parents, but are there some things your parents did growing up that have troubled you over the years? Let me know in the comments.

The In-Laws Are Too Giving

I love my in-laws. Do not get it twisted. But, they have been bothering me a bit lately. I have talked to my husband about his parents, but we have not come up with a game-plan on how to address this situation. My in-laws are giving, too giving. They want to give my children every gift under the sun. Well, in the house we live in, we do not have enough room for gifts, gifts, gifts. And I do not what my kids to be spoiled brats getting everything they want. What is the best way to handle the situation from experience you all have had?

Dealing with a girlfriends dad

He didn't answer the door holding a shotgun, but he may as well of. I went to meet my new girlfriends dad, thinking he would like me. I don't have tattoos, I was dressed nice. I spoke nicely and tried to show interest in what he said, but he was so cold and barely said anything nice. I really like this girl, but I am not sure how to get her dad to like me. Or at least not be mean to me. I think if he got to know me we could get along really well. Is it futile or will he come around?

Are all brothers the same?

So I have 2 brothers, and we are all very different. Over the years I have been talking with other people who are in a family with two siblings and the results seem very similar (more so with all boys/girls than with mixed sex siblings). My theory is that the oldest child will generally be the most responsible one, the middle child will be the most independant, and the youngest will be the most emotional.
Would you agree?

Is it good to live with a family member?

My brother and I used to fight a lot when we were kids, but now we both are short of money and looking for a roommate. We get along ok now, but I don't want to risk the good relationship we have. What is your experience?

Travel for Thanksgiving?

I want to see my family, it has been a long tought year. But I am not sure if it is worth driiving across state for 5 hours during a pandemic, or if its even a safe thing to do. Of course my fmaily wants me home, but I don't want any of to be at risk. What are the rest of you doing this year to celebrate?

Do I tell my brother his new GF is a dud?

My brother recently met a girl through internet dating after going through some hard times after a breakup a few years back. He has done so much to get himself back to good physical and mental health and starting a new career, I am so proud of him. However, he has just moved in with a new girl, who he says is great. But, I have noticed that he has started drinking and smoking again with her, not much, but a bit. Also, they never show up anywhere when they are supposed to, and don't even call to let us know. When we go to their house, he will not let us in as he is embarrassed because she does not clean, cook, or do laundry and he works all day. The house is a mess, and I know it is her and not him, because he is over 30 and has never lived like that that. I think this girl might be a bad influence, but my brother seems happy, do I say something?

Let my kid pull my hair?

I’m a guy with below the ear curly hair. I have a 6mo LO who loves to pull on my hair, and even pull my face to hers to give me a “kiss.” I love it.
But, I’m afraid this is setting a bad norm for her. She’s starting to pull everyone’s hair! What should I do?

I don't want to get my sister a Christmas present

So, my relationship with my younger sister (she's 22 and I'm 25) has never been great but recently it's been an absolute nightmare. The last time she texted me was on my 23rd birthday asking to borrow my ID so she could get into a bar, and the last time we spoke in person she told me to "F*ck off." My parents have always tried to push us together and force us to have a relationship, but it just doesn't seem to be in the cards for us. We're all getting together for Christmas this year and it's expected that we all get each other gifts, but I really don't want to get anything for my sister. She has a 6-year-old daughter, so I'm thinking I'll get them a gift that they can enjoy together as a compromise, but it still makes me a little salty to get her anything at all.