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Job Woes

Dear Agnes,

I work at a charter school in the Bronx. The job is demanding, the students are difficult and I receive little support from the administration. To make matters worse I had my hours cut and lost my health insurance. I'm thinking about going back to school to get a Masters in Education, but my experience with this school leaves me disenchanted with teaching. I'm thinking of buying a gun and shooting a lot of people.

Yours,

Courtney

 

Courtney,

It sounds to me that your employer does not value you. I think you would be wise to seek a career change. While embarking on a Masters degree can be intimidating it is also an exciting opportunity for growth. Go for it!

Scared of Tying the Knot:

Dear Agnes,

Last year I finally proposed to my girlfriend of many years and our wedding is fast approaching. While I still have feelings for her, she is not the woman I fell in love with. After we moved in together things changed. We have frequent rows which disturb the neighbors. She flies into wild and irrational rages. In her fits of anger she often throws household appliances at me and she cheats on me. While I am reluctant to settle down with her, I am in my early forties and not getting any younger. I am thinking about buying a gun and shooting a lot of people, 

Phill

Dear Phil, 

Communication is key in any long term relationship. The next time you bicker, try to listen to where she is coming from. If you slow down and try to put yourself in her shoes I'm sure you'll see the girl you fell in love with again! Congratulations on tying the knot!

Boomerang Kid

Dear Agnes,

After my son got back from college he became very withdrawn socially. He confined himself to his room and his excursions outside of his personal space became less and less frequent. He got really into Japanese animation and apparently is what they call a "hikkikomori" over there. He never leaves his room no matter how hard I try. He won't consider getting a job or even bathing. The stench from his room has become overpowering. While I go out to work he sits at home all day watching violent and disturbing tentacle pornography. I'm at my wits end. I don't know what to do. I'm thinking of buying a gun and shooting a lot of people.

Steven

Dear Steven,

This has become all too common lately. While there's no shame for a son to briefly move back in with his parents after college, it is important that you set limits. Consider asking him to pay rent while he lives there. Also, as long as he is unemployed, his job should be to send out resumes and attends job fairs and interviews. In any case, he sounds like a bright kid. I'm sure this is just a phase! 

 

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