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No matter how difficult our relationships can be, most adult children want a good relationship with their mothers. Whether your  relationship is great, terrible, or somewhere in between, mother-daughter relationships are powerful and partially define who we are. The more you work through […]

Reader Question: I would say that my husband is a type A (driven, structured) personality and both of our children are more like me, type B (relaxed, easy going). At times, this combination of personalities can be challenging. Do you […]

Mom. I’m bored.  Isn’t it great. Just feel that boredom. What? I need something to do!  OK, what do you think that could be?  I don’t know, I’m just bored.  I’m sure you can think of something. And sometimes being bored […]

Much of my therapy practice was spent helping women deal with mother-daughter issues. Whether the relationship was great, terrible, or somewhere in between, mother-daughter relationships are powerful and partially define who we are. It is such an important relationship so […]

Most families I know do not talk to their young adults about sex after high school.  Yet young adulthood is where sexually vulnerability persists. Hormones are raging.  The culture is steeped with messages of do what feels good. All you have to […]

Mom and dad are fighting. Mom turns to you and says, “Your father is unreasonable. Tell him he is being impossible right now.” You think, “Dad is being unreasonable. I see mom’s point. Should I say something and support her […]

Families stir up all kinds of emotions in us. Anger is one of those emotions that seems to rear its ugly head too often in family relationships. We often get angry because we don’t feel our needs are being met or […]

Question: I was shocked the other day when I was playing in the park with my son. He is three-years-old and fell off the monkey bars. When he did, he swore. I could not believe it. I admit that when […]

Jill was fed up with her mom. Her solution? Cut off the relationship so she could be her own person. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard, “I don’t want to talk to my family (substitute anyone else here). […]

Sitting with women friends at coffee one day, the conversation turned to the topic of mothers and daughters. There we sat, discussing how to feel like grown ups around our moms. Visits home often left these women feeling like they […]

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