Dear Prudence

Dear Prudence: The “So Many Moms” Edition

I’m paying for my own lavish wedding. My mother thinks I’m being fiscally irresponsible. Help!

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Prudence is joined this week by Sarah Schneider, a registered nurse living in the Bay Area. Her go fish game is on point.

Together, they tackle letters about what to do when your estranged mother sends an unexpected and inappropriate gift, how to handle a mom who keeps raining on your wedding parade, how to deal with a mother who goes out of her way to misgender you, what actions to take when your ex-husband uses the kids to throw a wrench into your dating life, how to handle your conflicted feelings about a boyfriend who cheated on you and then took his own life, and what to do when your friend’s home is in a state of squalor.

Slate Plus members will hear Prudie and Schneider discuss a letter writer who’s wondering if she should tell her fiancé that his best man confessed his love for her, and another letter writer who can no longer tolerate her sister-in-law’s constant commentary about her spending habits.

The full Dear Prudence podcast is available exclusively to Slate Plus members. Access all of Prudie’s podcasts and columns here.

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Production by Phil Surkis.