How to Navigate Playground Politics

As a relatively well-adjusted adult, you may assume that your most trying social challenges are behind you. You survived high-school cliques, learned to navigate office dynamics, and even managed to get on your father-in-law’s good side. But you’re a parent now, and having kids opens the door to a whole new social…

How to Know If It’s a Date or You’re Just Friends

Having a crush is exciting. Then comes the hard part: figuring out whether your crush is crushing on you. This is especially important when you’re going out to dinner or meeting for drinks. You don’t want to miss out on a potential make-out and binge-watching partner (especially during winter) — but if you make the…

How to Avoid Holiday Dinner Arguments with Relatives

Even though all that “making seasons bright” noise can be a load of crap, generally, you can get into it. The holidays are a pretty wonderful time of year. Holiday dinners are the season’s pinnacle, when you spend your time eating perfectly browned birds, creamy potato goodness, and, of course, pie with relatives who…

How to Travel with Your Boss and Come Out Unscathed

Unless you’re lucky enough to fly first class, airplane travel is hardly ever fun. Your in-flight meal looks vaguely like vomit, your knees are scraping against the old woman to your left, and you’ve got your other neighbor’s head resting gently on your shoulder. On a business trip, one of those strangers turns into…

You’ve Got This: Your First Big-Ticket Buy With Your Significant Other

Thus far, living with your partner has gone like gangbusters — until the fateful night when your dream TV dies during the Big Game, and suddenly the two of you find yourselves in negotiations as tense as the Cuban Missile Crisis over what to replace it with. Surprise! You and your SO are now staring down the barrel of…

From In-Laws to Bosses, How to Foot the Dinner Bill in Every Situation

There’ll come a time in your life when you’ll want to pay for a meal if you’re out to dinner with someone you respect. While this is incredibly mature, it can also incite arguments and negotiations fit for the National Security Council. Yes, you admire and/or are scared of this person and want to defer to them, but…

How to Move In With Your Significant Other Without Losing Your Identity

Outside of getting married or having a kid, the decision to move in with your SO is one of the biggest (and most potentially wallet-draining) in a man’s life. There’s so much on the line: your priceless collection of minty-fresh kicks, those twice-weekly raids with your console-gaming crew, “no pants Sundays” — and,…

A Guide to Putting in Your Two Weeks' Notice Without Offending Anyone

Quitters never win. Unless you’re quitting your horrible job for better pay, more vacation days, free beverages, or to finally give your mom something to brag about at weddings. Unfortunately, telling your boss that you’re quitting can be nerve-racking. This is one of your last moments to make a good impression.…