Every day we feature the beloved “Strawberry Letter” franchise that is so popular on “The Steve Harvey Morning Show,” heard nationwide. Send in your letters and Shirley Strawberry will dish out the necessary advice. Today’s topic: My boyfriend has “stipulations” Hey Shirley and Steve, My boyfriend and I have been dating for a year and a half now. He is 25-years-old, and I just recently turned 30-years-old. Our relationship is good, in fact we have been discussing marriage, but I am concerned about his many stipulations of what he will and will not do. These stipulations are causing a lot of tension and problems in our relationship because I am starting to think twice about our future together. I am a very family-oriented person. I believe in compromising, and I would like to have a child when we marry. Unfortunately, my boyfriend is NOT family-oriented, UNcompromising, and does not want another child. Yes, I said another child. He has a child from a previous relationship, and so do I. I do not want to continue on this way, please help.
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