Dear Tara,

For many, it's a rite of passage having their friends not welcome significant others. The younger you are, the less it matters — for all you know, these friends could be reacting to your now reduced attention.

Best method for progress: have your boyfriend spend time with you and your friends … going bowling, grabbing coffee — anything low-key and low-stress.

If he is a good guy, they'll see it.

–M