When we went to the training session for natural family planning (NFP), the couple touted how NFP brought couples closer. I feel as if it’s tearing us apart instead. Lisa seems to be interpreting the safe times in such a narrow framework that they’re almost nonexistent.
I want to join a small group at church that is for couples, but Jack is refusing to even give it a try. I think this would help us grow in our faith together.
He says: I don't want to sit around talking about my feelings
I actually think I'd prefer a root canal to sitting around and talking about my feelings. Can't Amy think of a different way for us to grow in faith?
Jim says: Our 16-year-old son, Kevin, sneaked out in our car and wrecked it. Maybe it’s easy for Sue, but I’m not sure I’ll ever trust him again.
She says: How can we have a relationship without trust?
Sue says: Jim doesn’t get it. How will we ever have a relationship with him if we can’t trust him?
Our youngest child just moved out! I was looking forward to having more relaxing time with Pam. But she seems to be gone all the time. I’m feeling more alone than I expected at this time of our lives.
She says: I just want to stay active in the community
I really miss all the kids’ activities, and I’ve realized all of our friendships revolved around them. I am trying to stay active in the community so I don’t turn into a recluse – which is what I think Jack is looking for.
Our son’s college roommates don’t have anywhere to go for Christmas, because their parents live too far away. I want to invite them to our Christmas dinner, but Terri says, “No way!”
She says: It’s the only time our family is all together
Christmas is my favorite holiday – and it’s the only time we are all together as a family. I know it sounds selfish to Phil, but I really don’t want strangers here during this special time.
Kathy's online shopping got so out of control that she racked up a huge credit card balance. After I found out, she got some professional help, but I am having trouble forgiving her secrecy – and resenting the sacrifices to pay off her debt.
She says: I want to repair our relationship
I know that Mark is upset, and I don’t blame him. But this spending spree was during a time I was depressed more than six years ago – and I am really curtailing my spending now. If Mark can’t forgive me, how can we ever repair our relationship?
She says: I haven’t been able to find work in my field in this area, and now I have a great job opportunity three states away. I would be making more than Sam, which seems to be a problem for him. We have lived here for Sam’s job for 10 years, and now I think it’s my turn.
I understand Michelle has chronic health problems, but she goes to multiple doctors to get different prescriptions for strong pain medications. I’m afraid she’s becoming addicted.
She Says: I’m in constant pain
I am in constant pain and can’t get enough relief from a single prescription. I’m not addicted, I am just trying to get through each day. It hurts and Adam doesn’t understand
John and I should really plan our funerals and let our children know what our end-of-life directives are. However, he refuses to discuss it, or anything related to death. It’s as if he thinks he’ll never die!
He says: She’s being morbid
Listen, I know we’re all going to die, but I think it’s morbid to focus on it. Once we’re gone, we won’t care anyway, so why do we need to plan it all out? I wish Elaine would just let this drop.
I can’t imagine leaving our tiny baby with a 13-year-old whose only babysitting experience is with her 5-year-old brother! I would feel guilty and worried the entire evening—which I think would defeat the purpose of a date night. Since we don’t live near family or close trusted friends, I think Mike and I need to wait until the baby is older.