In this column, Dr. Gramma Karen responds to a grandmother who has cut off from her granddaughter. She was always close with her son and struggles to understand why he has disengaged from her over the past years.
Whether it’s a toddler’s defiant “No,” or a teenager screaming, “You can’t make me,” backtalk is enough to make any parent’s blood boil. What’s worse, it often seems our natural reaction to backtalk (“How dare you speak to me that way” or “You’ll do it because I said so, young lady!”) only makes the problem […]
Including grandparents on family vacations can be difficult with age. Check on Dr. Gramma Karen’s advice to a reader who wants their parent to stay home.
My husband and I have five kids, who mean the world to us. They have always enjoyed each other’s company and have been close. Recently, my 23-year-old son Michael, married Anna, who is 20. Since high school he has lived away, attending college in another state, and then living in Europe. We have always been close; when he was away, he used to call me several times a week.
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Several readers commented about the sister who was making a decision about whether to reconcile with a brother from whom she had been estranged for many years. Read their thoughts and a new update on the situation.
How do you handle complicated familial relationships? What if it involves your kid and their decision to cut off a family member? Read Dr. Gramma Karen’s advice on how to handle this reader’s sticky situation.
Sibling relationships can change drastically over time. Check out this reader’s struggle with her sibling, and Dr. Gramma Karen’s expert advice on the future.