Featured Advice

Our volunteers at ElderWisdomCircle dispense such wise, warm-hearted advice that we couldn’t resist sharing some gems with you too. If you want to ask for advice right now check out the ask for advice page  

We post a new problem and the advice here twice per week 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

Canceling plans due to anxiety

How can I stop overthinking? It’s ruining my social life! Our elder has some tips on how this letter writer ...
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/ / Self-Improvement

Don’t bring her home, Dad!

I think my parents are divorcing and now my father has met someone else. Can I confront him?  That’s not ...
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/ / Family

Is community college a waste?

This high school senior is scared of being left behind. Don’t despair, says our elder. And don’t discount community college ...
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/ / School

I want friends, not hook-ups

This letter writer is struggling to find friends in the LBGTQ+ community but it feels like everyone just wants sex ...
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/ / Friendship

Dropped out, no license…

Is it too late to fix my life and have a career? It’s never too late, says our elder. You ...
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/ / Career

He’s from where?

My parents won’t let me date my boyfriend because of his hometown. Should we break up? That depends, says our ...
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Everyone hates me!

I know it’s the paranoia talking – but how can I make it stop?  There’s no quick fix, says our ...
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/ / Self-Improvement

A vicious circle

I allowed someone to hurt me and now I’m lashing out at everyone around me.  Our elder suggests some helpful ...
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/ / Other

I can’t even order a coffee!

A 16-year-old letter writer is overcome with anxiety. Our elder has some tips on how to deal with self-rejection. Dear ...
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27 and trapped at home

This letter writer would like to move out; however, his strict Muslim parents will disown him if he does. Only ...
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/ / Family