Dear Prudence

Dear Prudence: The “Early Summer Chicken” Edition

How do I navigate work-life balance when my relationship causes conflicts of interest? Help!

Prudence is joined by powerhouse couple Gillian Evans and Lucy Mueller to help answer letters. First up: I’ve begun fostering a young child whose parents want me to prepare halal meals for him, but my family’s diet is very different—what should I do? Next, my parents keep insisting I need a roommate, but I am financially independent and don’t need their input—how can I politely tell them to respect my choices? I have a medical condition that makes sex painful—a surgical fix would mean months without sex, and I worry for my partner during that time. How do I navigate work-life balance when my relationship causes conflicts of interest? And lastly, how can I share my recent good news with friends who are going through hard times?

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