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  1. How to handle or prevent family conflicts at holiday gatherings


    The holidays are supposed to be a time of peace, harmony and happiness. So, what goes wrong every time your family gets together? Someone always ends up with hurt feelings or storms off in an angry huff. You can't broach certain subjects because the conversation always ends with raised voices and harmful things being …

    For many families, holiday gatherings may involve heated arguments. But it’s possible to avoid fights or to calm squabbles.
  2. Tell Me About It: She's not dreaming of a smoky Christmas


    Q: I do not smoke nor does my husband. His family smokes. His grandma holds Christmas Eve at her house and his whole family gathers there.

  3. Tell Me About It: Reaction to miscarriage sounds like blame


    Q: I found out that I miscarried earlier this week at a routine office visit. This was quite a shock because we had two ultrasounds before this showing a strong heartbeat and that the baby was growing correctly. While we hadn't announced publicly, we had told family and close friends.

  4. Tell Me About It: He's always disappointed by selfish father


    Q: My father-in-law is as self-centered as they come (possibly a narcissist?). My husband still expects that his encounters will be different — that his father will help when it's requested, show interest or support in our family and needs, or express pride in Husband's accomplishments that don't impact …

  5. Tell Me About It: Fiance and family don't respect her wishes


    Q: I wrote in recently about moving into a townhouse with my fiance and his family being offended that we didn't ask for help. My fiance and I came to the agreement that painting the guest bedroom, guest bathroom, and setting up some electronics were all areas where I felt comfortable getting help.

  6. Tell Me About It: Decision to move is met with disapproval


    Q: I ended an engagement about five months ago and very quickly met "Chad." I'm in my late 20s and he's in his mid-30s. We started the dating process slowly, and it's been amazing. No buts.

  7. Tell Me About It: Acting awkward is a low-stake situation


    Q: I'm naturally introverted and anxious, and I tend to overcompensate around new people by being a little . . .frantic? Too loud? A little weird? It's not a choice — it's just how I'm wired.

  8. Tell Me About It: Infantile husband shouldn't be a father


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    Q: My husband and I are both late 30s so the decision to have a child is somewhat pressing. I want one but don't see my partner as a desirable parent, both toward me and the child.