My brother does nothing but complain about life. I love him, but I am tired of listening to his constant whining – is there something I can say or do to help him? Or to change the direction of our conversations?
How do I address people who use foul language in front of my kids?
Foul language can mean anything from vulgar words to racist, homophobic, and other statements that are hurtful or damaging to a specific group. Regrettably, foul language seems to be so ingrained with some people that they don’t even realize why or how their words are offensive.
My siblings want to go in together on a cruise for my parents as a 50th anniversary gift. I just can’t afford to do this, but they are insisting I need to do my share. How can I get out of this without losing my family?
I understand why this is causing you such stress, no one wants to risk losing the most important relationships in their lives – their family.
God loves us so much that he decided not just to save us, but to do it by becoming one of us. Although we know that Jesus — God among us — is the reason for the season, it’s easy to get caught up in parties, gifts, greeting cards and baking. Here are a few suggestions to help you enjoy a meaningful Christmas season:
• Ask family members what is most important to them about your family’s traditions. If your daughter thinks homemade cookies are a must, she is on for making them or helping you bake.
• Don’t overschedule yourself with entertaining and parties.
You know that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you realize someone doesn’t like you? It’s normal. You’ll hear people say, “You can’t be liked by everyone,” and that’s true, but it doesn’t make it feel any better when it’s happening to you.
Before I begin, I would like to ask you to turn your eyes to your mother. While I am pretty sure your mother lived her life independently, now she has to lose her independence and rely on you two, her daughters, for basically everything. The parent-child role reversal is a humbling experience for your mother.
You and your husband are in the process of beginning a new and very important relationship between two different families, and often that involves using new titles. Sometimes, these new titles are used easily and without hesitation. But not always.
First, I would view your mother-in-law’s request to be called “mom” as a positive sign of acceptance and affection.
Hoarding is more than just a mess, it is a mental health disorder. The Mayo Clinic defines it as “a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items.”
Although hoarding is a common problem, it is difficult to treat, and its effects can extend beyond an overstuffed home. It can put people’s health at risk; it can damage families; and it can affect surrounding neighbors.