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I have a new friend who had been in a Mormon marriage since she was fifteen years old. She’s now thirty five and has five children. She knows no other life than the Mormon way but recently, and at her begging for help, I assisted her and her children to run away. They are (all) living with me until we can find her a job and an apartment and get her children in school. It’s a much bigger job than either of us thought. Of course we were just running with our emotions and now it’s for real. The other thing is, my brother has been coming over to help. At first it was curiosity, but now they are really hitting it off. I feel a bit left out and the whole things is feeling complicated. I’m not sure what to do.
Dear Confused, That was a difficult decision for you to make to get involved in the first place. She has made a huge decision, however, I understand her needs. Try to slow things down and remind her that there is a lot to be done. She has not seen the ‘real world’ in quite some time. Be the friend you are to her and guide her through these rough waters. I’m sure she will be grateful. And if your brother is a good guy, what’s the harm? Good luck,
Dear Tippy, My wife is sleeping with my best friend. I just know it. It pisses me off. I want to knock him around for doing that to me. He crossed a line that we were never going to cross and he did it. We’ve been buddies since grade school.
Dear Pissed, Calm down. First of all, do you know for certain this is happening? It’s one thing to be suspicious but it’s another to accuse without proof. Also, and I hate to remind you, it takes two. Both of them have overstepped boundaries, not just your best friend. The only option for you is to confront them – both. Try to find another friend to be there to support you. Don’t lose your temper. It’s important to find out the truth but the truth will hurt, and I guarantee that anger will not dull the pain.
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