Dear Slice of Life, I’ve recently found myself in a bit of a predicament. My teenage daughter confronted me the other day with a question that has left me feeling a little unsettled. If I drink a glass of wine every day, am I really an alcoholic? This question took me aback. I enjoy a … Read more
Dear Slice of Life, I just lost my pup of 12 years and am devastated. My friends just expect me to carry on as if nothing happened. Yours Devastated, Lost Pup’s Parent © Repwelter Dear Lost Pup’s Parent, I’m so sorry for your loss. The pain you’re feeling is valid and normal. Losing … Read more
Dear Slice of Life, I’m writing to you with a heavy heart and a sense of frustration. Every year, it seems to be my responsibility to host Christmas day for the entire family. It has become a burden that I no longer wish to bear. I have had enough. The planning, the cooking, the cleaning, … Read more
Dear Slice of Life, Help! I borrowed my neighbour’s jacket and accidentally spilled red wine on it! Is there a way for me to get the stain out before admitting to my clumsiness? Yours worried, Red Wine Regret © Idxmatrix Dear Red Wine Regret, Firstly, let me reassure you that everyone has bouts … Read more
Dear Slice of Life, I have a question that has been bothering me for a while now. I recently received a formal invitation for a friend’s 50th birthday party. The invitation was sent through the post, the old-fashioned way. However, I am not sure how to reply to it. What is the modern etiquette for … Read more
Dear Slice of Life, As an avid reader of your column, I find myself in need of your wisdom today. I recently proposed to my girlfriend, who I love deeply and wish to spend my life with. However, she turned down my marriage proposal. What should I do? She assures me that she still loves … Read more
Dear Slice of Life I am thinking of home-schooling my son as he is struggling at his school. We recently moved and his current school is much bigger than he is used to and he seems so unhappy. Yours, Concerned Parent © Idxmatrix Dear Concerned Parent, Firstly, I want to acknowledge your concerns and anxiety … Read more
Dear Slice of Life I am about to get married and I overheard my in-laws are advising my fiancé that I am not ‘the one’ because I don’t cook for him! I work and don’t have time to cook and have no interest in it. What should I do? Yours worried, Busy not cooking!
Dear Slice of Life, How can I get my kids to eat more healthily? Apart from bananas, they refuse all fruit and veg! Am going crazy! Yours worried in California, Desperate Mom © Idxmatrix Dear Desperate Mom, I can feel the worry and frustration in your message, and you’re certainly not alone in this struggle. … Read more
Dear Slice of Life, My son has been dreaming about a PS5 for the longest time now. His eyes light up every time he sees a commercial and he’s been dropping countless hints about wanting it for Christmas. But I simply can’t afford it. I’ve been trying to think of ways to let him down … Read more
Dear Slice of Life, My sister borrowed money from me last year and I am struggling myself to make ends meet. On top of that, she has just bought a brand new car. Is it unreasonable to ask her to pay me back? Yours, Worried and Penniless!
Dear Slice of Life, I’m in a bit of a predicament and I’m hoping you can shed some light or offer some advice. Recently, my boyfriend whom I deeply care about declared he is allergic to my cat. This was quite a surprise, and it’s left me feeling stuck in an impossible situation. Do I … Read more
Dear Slice of Life, One of my children has no friends at school. She says she is fine even though the other children seem to bully her for being ‘different’. She has her own style and doesn’t try to fit in or be nice for the sake of it.
Dear Slice of Life, I am starting to refuse dinner invitations as I don’t drink and end up splitting the cheque anyway. Should I tell my friends how I feel? I kind of think they should realize so am not sure what to say.
Dear Slice of Life, I find myself already worrying about how to manage Christmas day. My mother-in-law hates me and is awful to my kids. Can I demand to just not invite her? © Idxmatrix Dear ‘already worrying about how to manage Christmas day’, I can sense the distress in your words, and it’s absolutely … Read more
Dear Slice of Life, My work colleague is often off sick and I am worried for her welfare. She is very discreet and doesn’t seem to have many friends. Should I check in or am I overstepping? Yours, worried in Denver © Idxmatrix Dear worried in Denver, I can see from your letter … Read more
Dear Slice of Life, I am constantly being sworn at by young kids in the street where I live. They are between 9 and 12 years old and are constantly harassing me verbally when I walk past. I find it really upsetting and dread walking past them. Am I overreacting? Thanks for your help, Harassed and … Read more
Dear Slice of Life, I am seeking advice on dealing with a situation that has been bothering me. There’s this one ‘friend’ who always turns up for dinner empty handed. Am I right to expect a bottle of wine or flowers or should I let it go? This is really getting to me. I feel … Read more
Dear Slice of Life, I hope this letter finds you well. I am an avid reader of your column and find your advice insightful and comforting. Today, I am writing to you with a concern that has been troubling me for quite some time. My neighbour is constantly watching me. I am a single mother, … Read more
Dear Slice of Life, I am writing to you with a concern that has been troubling me for quite some time now. My son seems to have no ‘real’ friends. He spends all his time talking online to people, many of whom he’s never met in person. I’m not entirely against online friendships, but I … Read more
Dear « Slice of life », “I’ve recently landed a promotion which I’m incredibly grateful for, but now the responsibilities are piling up. It’s been a steep learning curve and I feel like I’m barely keeping my head above water. I’m managing a team for the first time and I’m the go-to person for some … Read more
Dear Slice of Life, I hope this letter finds you well. I recently became single and I’m grappling with intense feelings of loneliness. I was in a relationship for a long time and now that it’s ended, I feel like I’ve forgotten how to be alone. Is it normal to feel this way? I’ve been … Read more
Dear Slice of Life I am an avid reader, and I love losing myself in the pages of a good book. However, my partner has been expressing frustration lately. He feels that I spend too much time with my nose buried in books and that I don’t dedicate enough time to him. He has even … Read more