Dear Prudence podcast: the Young Guns edition.

Help! My Mom Survived Cancer—and Now She Uses It as an All-Purpose Excuse.

Help! My Mom Survived Cancer—and Now She Uses It as an All-Purpose Excuse.

Advice on manners and morals.
Jan. 25 2017 7:00 AM

Dear Prudence: The “Young Guns” Edition

Prudie and writer Jane Coaston on how to handle a mom who keeps playing the cancer card, and more.

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Prudie says it’s OK to ghost your social media followers but not a child who thinks you’re her family. Then, MTV News writer Jane Coaston joins in to advise on:

  • What to do if your mom uses surviving cancer as an excuse to spoil your kids.
  • How to tell a family friend her husband is being a creep.
  • How to make your extroverted family and introverted boyfriend get along.
  • How to tune out a loud co-worker.
  • And how to ask a sibling to chip in for your mom’s care.

Finally, Prudence outlines more of the “lost at sea” dating handbook.

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