Featured Advice

Our volunteers at ElderWisdomCircle dispense such wise, warm-hearted advice that we couldn’t resist sharing some gems with you too.

We post a new problem and the advice here every day so check back regularly (or subscribe)  to find out what’s bothering our young letter writers, and what their wise older mentors have to say about it.

I hope you’ll feel inspired to apply their wisdom to your own life—and remember, if there’s something on your mind, our elders are always here to help.

Doug Meckelson
Founder

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Will I catch head lice?

I don’t want to go to my friend’s party because she has head lice. How can I tell her? Be ...
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/ / Friendship

Use my name, Mom!

My parents know that I’m transgender but my mom still has trouble using my preferred name. Give her time, says ...
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/ / Family

I dumped my fiancé by text…

…and now I want him back! Does he hate me? Confide in him, says our elder. You can make it ...
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Son sleeps over; I’m left out!

I used to appreciate help with my son, but now I feel that my family just cares about him — ...
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/ / Children

Am I a failure?

Community college or trade school? They’re both good options, says our elder. And, no, you are absolutely not a failure ...
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/ / Career

Stalked by my sister!

My sister is obsessed with me online and it’s wearing me down. How can I make it stop? Do your ...
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/ / Family

Can I date a single mom?

I really want to date this girl, but I’m scared of messing things up with her daughter. Take a chance, ...
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Guilty about my friend-crush

I had a crush on my friend, and I don’t think I behaved well. How can I make it up ...
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/ / Friendship

Thank you for not smoking

How can I get my boyfriend to quit smoking? I’m afraid it’s up to him, says our elder. You have ...
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Should I help more with chores?

Well, there’s really only one answer to this. Our elder shares her memories to give a father-of-four — and a ...
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/ / Marriage