Dear Intelligent Advice: Raising Kids in the Age of Trump

Dear Adviser, Last night my four-year-old called my two-year-old a “loser” and said he wanted to deport him out of the house. I don’t think it takes a genius to realize where he is getting this from. How is it possible to raise kind, compassionate children in an era where a bullying tyrant is in charge of our country?

Dear Intelligent Advice: Civil Disobedience

Dear Adviser, So last month I got this speeding ticket. I was barely even speeding the cop was just being a jerk. At first I was going to just pay it and then I thought about how I didn’t want to contribute to this unfair system of policing and justice we have in the United States. I Googled it and traffic tickets are basically all going to the local judicial system and to the police department, both things I think are fundamentally evil and should be protested against. Is not paying the ticket and publicizing it a good way to protest, or is the risk too great? Here in California I could go to jail for an unpaid traffic ticket and accumulate even larger fees and fines.

Dear Intelligent Advice: Pomeranian Problems

Dear Adviser, I am having a really serious problem right now. I bought like the cutest little pomeranian at the mall thinking she would be a great dog to, you know, like, hang out in my purse and to take selfies with. I thought we were going to be like besties and inseparable but instead it turns out she is like a total bitch and I don’t just mean she is literally a female dog. She already destroyed one of my Coach bags. She pooped all over my parent’s house and she growls at me all the time. I want to get rid of her ASAP but I have already posted her all over Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and even Linkedin for some reason. I don’t want people to be all like “what happened to your dog? She was so cute” or whatever. How can I send her to the pound without looking like a total monster?

Dear Intelligent Advice: Bad Romances

Dear Adviser, I have the worst romantic luck of anyone I know. I have never had a successful and happy relationship despite dating my whole life! All of my breakups have been terrible including my divorce six months ago. I don’t know what to do. Maybe the problem is me? I am the common denominator here. Why do I pick such horrible men and what can I do to stop it?

Dear Intelligent Advice: Instafamous

Dear Intelligent Advice, I really want to be an Instagram model; the girls on there have such beautiful and glamorous lifestyles, but I have no idea how to go about it. I follow my favourite bloggers for #goals, post once a week and promote myself online, but I’ve only got 400 followers, and most of those... Continue Reading →

Dear Intelligent Advice: Coming to America

Dear Adviser, This time next week I will be moving to America. I have spent the past 5 years of my life in a refugee camp. I was finally selected for resettlement in the United States and am equal parts excited and terrified. On the one hand I feel like I can finally hit the “unpause” button on my life and start living again, secure in the fact I have a home. On the other hand I hear all of the accounts of xenophobia and immigrant scapegoating happening in America right now and feel that I will not be welcomed there and may eventually face some of the dangers I did back home. What can I do to fit into American culture?

Dear Intelligent Advice: Gap Year

Dear Adviser, This is my senior year of high school and everyone expects me to start college next year but I don’t want to. I want to take a year to go off and see the world. How can I convince my parents this is a good idea so they won't freak out?

Dear Intelligent Advice: Wedding Blues

Dear Adviser, Two months ago my boyfriend proposed to me. Initially I was so excited about getting married and starting our life together. Since then I started planning our wedding and the whole thing gives me a headache. No one in our families can agree on anything. Everyone is already fighting about costs, location, invitees. Part of me feels like I should just go off and elope and forget the whole thing but I feel like I owe it to my family to have a nice ceremony. What should I do?

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