Your stepdaughter is 14 and has been living full time with you and your husband for about eight years. Every other weekend she spends with her mom, who you know is a sex worker. The stepdaughter just says her mom works away, but doesn’t know what she does. Recently you were sent a screenshot of a Facebook post from another mom in your stepdaughter’s class asking if it was real. The post had an ad for your stepdaughter’s Mom’s “services.” You haven’t answered yet because you don’t know what to say. Since it’s out on Facebook, should you give the stepdaughter a heads up that her mom takes money for sex, or do you let her get blindsided by the kids in school? On this Feedback Friday, we’ll try to help you do the right thing here.

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On This Week’s Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

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  • Unknown to her, your stepdaughter’s biological mother is a sex worker. Now that busybodies in your town have found out, should you tell her before she finds out from her bullying classmates?
  • You’re forced to interact often with someone who doesn’t respect your time and keeps you locked in long, boring conversations for what adds up to about three hours a week. What’s your best escape plan?
  • Your fiance’s sister moved to a new city and hasn’t had much success with networking. As far as you know, she hasn’t made any friends, isn’t dating, and doesn’t have any hobbies. You want to help her, but you’re not sure how. What do we suggest?
  • When you have new coworkers who seem to go out of their way to exclude you from their conversations, it’s hard not to take it personally. What can you do, if anything, to cope with cliques in the workplace?
  • You’ve found a job for which you’d love to apply, but the company is requiring a cover letter with pay requirements. Is there a comfortable middle ground you can ask for that doesn’t make you seem overzealous?
  • You’re analytical, and your spouse is emotional. You usually play off of each other’s strengths, but you’re currently in a conversational stalemate in which you feel like your spouse is treating you like a jerk for just trying to help. What’s really going on here?
  • You recently graduated from a great school, but you’ve only managed to get a handful of interviews and no offers over the last several months. Your confidence and resources are dwindling and you don’t know what else to do. How can you keep your spirits up while finding your bearings?
  • What does cultivating relationships through networking when you’re just starting out look like? How do you continue to engage with folks you meet beyond small talk every week? How can you offer value to them without sounding fake or like you’re trying to gain favor?
  • Life Pro Tip: When reading a company’s entry on Glassdoor, pay attention to the date of the review. If you notice a lot of good reviews in a short time frame, then that means HR sent out a bulletin for employees to write reviews for the company.
  • Recommendation of the Week: American Factory
  • A quick shout out to Juan in the band at Montage in Cabo!
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you’d like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com!
  • Connect with Jordan on Twitter at @JordanHarbinger and Instagram at @jordanharbinger.
  • Connect with Jason on Twitter at @jpdef and Instagram at @JPD, join his podcasting club, and check out his other show: Grumpy Old Geeks.

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