Forum Navigation


Q: My best friend, Jackie is a free-loader. She never has money when we go out.
How can I tell her to start contributing her fair share

Ashley G.

A: Hey Jackie, the event on Friday will cost ($). Let me know in advance if you will be able or unable to financially afford the event so that I may add or remove you from the event list.
NOT A GOOD ANSWER: calling her a free-loader or keeping the event a secret.

Michelle Powell D.O., M.P.H.​

Q: How can I tell my family to stop interfering in my relationship?

Joyce A.​

A:I appreciate your love and support. Please give me the opportunity to develop and grow my relationship in the manner that is comfortable for me.
NOT A GOOD ANSWER: It's my life, I'm not a child! Butt out and mind your own business!

Michelle Powell D.O., M.P.H.​

Q: I have been dating this guy but I really don’t want to see him anymore.  How can I tell him without hurting his feelings?


A: Hi "guy."  I have really enjoyed spending time with you over the past few months (time period).  
I have come to the realization that I do not want to continue pursuing a romantic relationship with you.  
NOT A GOOD ANSWER: ghosting, not answering calls

Michelle Powell D.O., M.P.H.​

Q: I feel my sister takes advantage of me by always asking me for money.  How can I tell her to stop asking me for money?

Jason T.​

A: (The next time she asks for money) Hey sister, as I have enjoyed helping you out with your finances as family does, I cannot lend you any more money as a financial decision for my life.
NOT A GOOD ANSWER: I'm done helping you with your money problems!

Michelle Powell D.O., M.P.H.​