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How do you tell a friend you don’t have time for her?

Time is finite and the decision how to use it is yours.

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The brush-off: Is my friend using his kids as an excuse?

October 1, 2013 | By | 7 Replies Continue Reading

Kids consume huge amounts of time and energy but a reader wonders whether his friend is using his kids as a brush-off.

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Saying no to friends

September 6, 2013 | By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

Saying no to friends is never easy but may be necessary to save a friendship.

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Making and maintaining online friendships

March 6, 2013 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

Just like offline ones, online friendships need to work for both people.

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How to avoid losing a friend

February 23, 2013 | By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

It is extremely common for friendships to end simply because two people drift apart as their life circumstances change. In fact, only one in 12 close friendships last over the course of a lifetime.

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Guest Post: 3 Ways to Flex Your Job for More Free Time for Friends

January 17, 2013 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

Despite all the ways close friendships enhance our lives, many women who are working, raising a family, and/or caregiving for aging parents or other relatives may feel they simply don’t have time for friends. Pat Katepoo, a work-life advisor, offers some practical suggestions (in her guest post below) that might make it easier to find more free time for friends.

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When it comes to having friends, a “boy” friend may not be enough

August 11, 2012 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

I met a great guy who I have been with for five years but I feel that I am missing out on lots of things at my young age. One problem is that I am the manager now, and my staff is all around my age. I do go out with them but there is always that “manager and employee” barrier, which I know it has to be that way. But with all my responsibilities I don’t have much time to go out and make friends.

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From the Friendship Forums: Balancing Friend-Time with Me-Time

A reader offers pointers that worked for her—for people who tend toward introversion and know they require me-time before and after being with others.

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Should I Try to Patch Up This Friendship?

March 22, 2012 | By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

The passage of time generally makes it more difficult to clear up misunderstandings.   QUESTION Hi Irene, Long story short: My best online friend and I broke up. Actually, it was me who broke up with her over something she had done (something that involved lying to me and not caring about my feelings in [...]

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Moving and Friendship: Is moving a good way to make new friends?

December 30, 2011 | By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

When you move, you take some emotional baggage with you…   QUESTION Dear Irene, I recently moved to San Francisco after graduating college. I have a tough job, but thought that the city would provide for a worthy night life. It has been four months and I haven’t made friends with anyone I would like [...]

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