Dear Prudence

Dear Prudence: The “Not Unconditional Love” Edition

The only praise I get from my parents is about academic or professional achievements. Help!

Prudence is joined by hosts of the podcast By the Book, Kristen Meinzer and Jolenta Greenberg. First, how can I talk to my parents about feeling like I’m only acknowledged for academic achievements? Next, my younger brother has been exhibiting some worrisome and creepy behavior—what should I do? My friends don’t understand why I’m keeping my baby. And lastly, I know Instagram is all about putting your best self first, but I still want my own highlight reel and my partner doesn’t get it.

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