I am profoundly sad that the grandchildren my husband Gary and I share with Andrea and Herb do not get to have Uncle Todd in their lives. Not a day goes by that I don’t join Todd’s family and friends in missing him.
In the wake of the horrific shootings in Las Vegas – and because this (and other tragedies) are front and center in the news – we thought it might be helpful to share this article from our own Dr. Gramma Karen about how to talk with children about tragedies.
You and your daughter are locked into positions and actions that you admit are not working for either of you. I assume this means you are open to trying something different in hopes of breaking this relationship logjam.
Many readers shared comments about my column “How Best to Handle Real Estate Inheritance.” Although most readers support the idea of dividing assets equally among siblings, I did receive some comments that address the issue of leaving siblings unequal amounts.
Based on your description, it appears you are justified in worrying about your niece’s behavior.
Of course, you will want to work with your financial planner and your estate lawyer when it comes to legalizing your inheritance wishes, but I can share with you some other aspects of the process that you might find helpful, including emotional and psychological considerations.
The good news is that kindness and opportunities to be kind are definitely out there and you can model them for your grandchildren.
My first problem is that my parents and I have been estranged for the past 7 years. Being estranged from them hurts me every moment of every day and I miss them. One of the most tragic things is that I had always been close with my parents, especially my mom. They are good people. […]