The relationship between my brother and me has been problematic for many years. In fact, I’ve asked him to go to counseling with me to work on how we can have a better relationship and he refuses. I feel my brother has instigated my extended family to be critical and judgmental of me. For example, five […]
Yes, I bribe my grandsons on a regular basis and I have no intention of stopping.
I worry that as our younger son gets older he’s going to start resenting our older son for the things he gets to do with Grandma. While I have never had to deal with favoritism I have read what the affects can be on children, and I don’t like it.
We get along very well with our granddaughters and our son. It’s our DIL who is cold as ice. We are just typical people who want to see our granddaughters over Skype, and learn what they are doing in school. We want to spend holidays and vacation time with them as often as possible, too. We don’t know what to do with the mother.
Note: This is an unabridged version of a column I wrote for GRAND Magazine. As a parent or grandparent, you cannot escape making the to-watch or not-to-watch decision about 13 Reasons Why, the Netflix 13-hour series that depicts Hannah Baker, a high school student and the show’s central character, who dies by suicide. Hannah leaves […]
I wrote to you last year about favoritism occurring in my husband’s family – his parents showing a preference for their other grandchildren over ours. We took your advice and spoke to his parents about a few of the issues we noticed. They were very appreciative for the information and accepted it, but things still […]
I have not seen my grandkids for ten months. My son-in-law teases me, scolds me, and even assaulted me once by jerking an iPad from my hands. I emailed my daughter about it and she doesn’t believe me. He does it when she is not looking. My daughter ignores my emails. I am worried because […]
Many readers responded to my column, Impacts of the Election on Family Relationships. Although I focused primarily on family relationships, many readers report that the presidential election affects non-familial relationships as well. For example, one reader writes: “Someone posted this comment on your column [referenced above]: ‘Just experienced a “it’s better if we don’t talk” […]