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Reader Question: Every year, we have this family conflict. My husband’s parents live about three hours away and mine are six hours away, in opposite directions. Both sets of parents want us to spend Christmas with them. How do we handle […]

Reader Question: My ex-husband has and I have divorced and he has visitation rights with our two children, ages seven and nine. The kids were scheduled to visit him over the Christmas holidays, but circumstances have changed and I would […]

I’ve heard so many stories of hurt related to family cut off in my 25 years of being a family therapist. The person who cuts off is offended and angry.  And the cut off family usually desire contact and relationship. Cut off […]

Question: Our 7-year-old son isn’t persistent and struggles to finish things he begins. He easily gives up. My husband doesn’t think this is an issue, but I disagree and would like my husband to require him to stick to things […]

We all have them–one or more people in the family that make life difficult. A controlling in-law, a rebellious child, a loud and obnoxious uncle, or maybe the gossiping aunt. They come in all sizes and shapes. And every holiday […]

One of my favorite Thanksgiving family traditions was making pies. My mom could have opened up a pie store. Her pies were that good! And the smell of those pies cooking in the mornings was glorious. Watching my grandmother and […]

This year, Jill and Rick will spend Thanksgiving with Rick’s family. Jill and Rick have very different families. Jill’s family focuses Thanksgiving around Christian themes like blessings and gratitude. Rick’s family never mentions God. They are not Christians and Thanksgiving is […]

Family conflict: Rob was caught between his  mother and his wife. ” I know your mom thinks she is helping, but if she tells me one more time how to parent our children, I’m leaving. Talk to her! I am tired […]

When I was in college and on break for Thanksgiving vacation, my very loud and opinionated family started discussing politics. We all know the rule—stay away from politics during a holiday gathering. Well, we didn’t and two of my uncles […]

Money is a part of relationship issues from the moment you begin to date.  Who will pay, how will transactions be handled? Then there is the wedding. CNN estimates the average cost is $32,405! Yikes! Once the commitment is made, raising […]