Is it normal for teens stay in thier room?

Ah do I miss the days when they were young. So easy to please, happy for just about anything you do for them, always inquisitive, and always a joy to be around. But then one day something happens, they become teenagers and suddenly they are aliens. I never see my teens anymore, they come to the kitchen and bathroom, but other than that they are in their rooms. I have tried to change the behavior, but it is too much of a struggle, and I feel that I am pushing them further away.
Is this something they just grow out of, or something I should be concerned about?

Wanting A Kid

My husband and I have tried to get pregnant for awhile. It just hasn't work. We have tried fertilization techniques still, but nothing. Now, we are going with word of mouth of adoption. But, this process seems to take too long. Should we just get an agency to work towards adoption? Any stories will help.

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?

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?

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?

Worst Thanksgiving Ever

This Thanksgiving was the absolute worst holiday I've ever had. I got to my family's house in the morning and heard screaming from inside before I even opened the door. My mom and my sister (who's 22) have been known to go at it every once in a while, but this was next level. Apparently, my mom deleted some Facebook messages from her phone and my sister apparently thought that was really suspicious. The screaming went on for 30 minutes before I couldn't take it anymore. My sixteen-year-old sister was in the kitchen while they were fighting and no one seemed to think that it was inappropriate to be doing that in front of her. I grabbed my sister and took her out for coffee after yelling at them to pull themselves together before we got home. We didn't even end up having a Thanksgiving dinner. I'm still so angry at them for being so selfish and immature that I haven't spoken to any of them since Thanksgiving. What should I do?

The Grinch Who Stole Xmas

I have 5 kids and Christmas time can get pretty expensive. My second oldest child does a lot of extracurricular activities with his school that cost a ton of money. Trips to Boston, Montreal and Chicago are just some of the places he has gone. I have spent thousands of dollars to support these activities. Is it OK if I spend a lot less on him for Christmas than I do for my other children?

Missing my mom

So, my husband and I moved to a completley different state about 4 hours away from home and I really miss my mom, like, a ton. She's my best friend. We talk 4 times a day even if we have nothing to say. I resent my husband for moving us so far away, especially since I protested it for a long time. Now I'm in a completley different sapce (I grew up in the city and now we're in farmland), with no friends and no mom. It's not the same talking to her on the phone and sometimes I cry because it's been so long since I've seen her. I know it sounds clinggy, but I have a great relationship with her that my husband just doesn't understand. Any tips on how to manage this?

Dealing with Racist Grandpa at Thanksgiving

Let me just start off by saying that I love my family. My cousins and I are all around the same age and we always have such a fun time when we're hanging out together. Holidays with my fam are usually nice and chill as long as the conversation stays away from political topics, which isn't always easy. The cousins and I are all somewhere on the liberal scale, while our parents mostly lean conservative. The parents aren't usually the problem, though. It's grandpa who ends up taking things too far and making sweeping generalizations about entire races of people. It's the kind of ingrained racism that can't be argued away with patience or logic and it always makes the rest of us very uncomfortable. I almost want to skip Thanksgiving this year and throw a Friendsgiving or something, but I know it would really disappoint my parents and cousins.

Monster-in-law

My mother in law and I have never, ever gotten along. We are polar opposites on every spectrum from money to fashion to family, etc. Even my husband and the rest of our family understands that 80% of the time we just can't be in the same room with each other. When it starts we just can't stop screaming until one of us storms out of the room. Lately, however, she's been really plesant, but I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop and she'll come back with avengance. I'm not sure what the deal is, but I'm still having trouble looking past the no-good things she's done to me in the past, thoughts?